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Jenny Lind winner to perform June 18 at Midsummer

May  05, 2016

Mezzo-soprano Karin Osbeck, left, and accompanist, Matilda Lindholm. (Ewa Malmsten Nordell/ FOTOF'RALLA)

The American Scandinavian Association at Augustana will celebrate Midsummer on June 18 with traditional Scandinavian dress, decoration and raising of the Maypole, procession of flags and the midsummer queen, and a concert by mezzo-soprano Karin Osbeck, winner of Sweden's 2016 Jenny Lind Scholarship.

Events will take place at First Lutheran Church, 1600 20th St., Rock Island. All events are free and open to the public.

Decoration of the Maypole with fresh flowers will begin at 5:30 p.m.  The Midsummer program will begin at 6 p.m. when the Maypole is raised. (In case of rain, the program will be held in the church fellowship hall.)

After the program there will be traditional Scandinavian singing and dancing around the Maypole to classic Swedish folk dance music.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. After the concert, guests may meet the performers and enjoy a Scandinavian social with cookies and beverages.

Osbeck currently studies at the University College of Opera in Stockholm, Sweden. She has previously studied at Kulturama Elementary School, a performing arts school in Stockholm, the Junior Academy in Stockholm and at Vadstena Music School in Sweden.

During her years of study, she has sung the role of The Warrior in "The Son Heaven" at the Vadstena Academy and Cherubino in "The Marriage of Figaro"- at the Old Theatre Vadstene. She has also been a soloist in sacred works of Buxtedhude, Mozart, Rossini and Roman.

Her accompanist, Matilda Lindholm, began playing the piano at the age of 6 with her grandmother. She currently studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and has played in several master classes with famous Swedish musicians.

The program is in part supported by a grant from The American-Scandinavian Foundation in New York, New York. A freewill donation will be taken for the Mauritzson Scholarship at Augustana which supports Swedish students who attend Augustana.

For more information, contact Lee Ann, 309-912-1379.

About Jenny Lind

Jenny Lind was born in 1820 and was admitted as a 9-year-old to the Royal Theater in Stockholm. She made her debut at the age of 15 in A.F. Lindblad´s opera "Frondörerna" (The Rebels) and at 17 she enjoyed great success in the role of Agathe in Carl Maria von Weber´s opera "Der Freischütz." Two years later she became a member of the Royal Academy of Music and was awarded the title of Royal Court Singer. In 1844 she was guest artist in Berlin, laying the groundwork for her international fame.

In 1850-51 Lind made a concert tour of the U.S. at the invitation of impresario and circus promoter P.T. Barnum. She was very charitable with her earnings, aiding immigrants, the poor, and establishing a scholarship fund for artists. She also donated money to Andover, Ill., where the Jenny Lind Chapel was built and stands to this day. 

The Jenny Lind prize consists of a 40,000 Swedish Crown award, plus concert tours in North America and Sweden, including appearances in Toronto, Ottawa, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, Rock Island, Lindsborg, Kansas, and Bridgeport, Conn.