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Norwegian musicians to present concert in Thief River Falls

An accordion orchestra from Norway, Svingen Torador, which plays music based on traditional tunes of Norwegian and Swedish origin, will perform Wednesday in Thief River Falls. (Submitted photo) 1 / 3
Ellen Karine Lanne, a vocalist from Norway, will perform with other Norwegian musicians Wednesday at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. (Submitted photo)2 / 3
Kai Robert Johansen, an award-winning trumpeter from Norway, will perform in concert Wednesday in Thief River Falls as part of his Upper Midwest tour. (Submitted photo) 3 / 3

Norwegian musicians on a tour of the Upper Midwest will perform a concert celebrating the music of Norway on Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Thief River Falls.

The free performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Northland Community and Technical College Auditorium.

The Snorre Lodge of Sons of Norway of Thief River Falls is sponsoring the event, which will feature award-winning trumpeter Kai Robert Johansen, vocalist Ellen Karine Lanne and an accordion group.

The concert is part of a farewell autumn tour for Johansen, who has been on 15 performance tours of the Upper Midwest—and this time, he's bringing an all-new troupe with him, said event organizer Jan Strandlie.

"It's a celebration of the musical artistry from his home area of Ostfold County in southeastern Norway, said Strandlie.

Johansen, who will be joined by vocalist Ellen Karine Lanne and Svingen Torador, an accordion orchestra, "has been performing for 50 years and is beloved by Midwest audiences," said Strandlie.

He has performed on radio and TV in Norway, Europe and the United States and at the Norsk Hostfest in Minot and the Nordic Fest in Decorah, Iowa, she said, and has released more than 60 compact discs, several of which have reached gold and platinum status.

Lanne, a frequent entertainer for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, performs as a special events soloist and has performed Norwegian music at concerts in the U.S. through collaborations with the Royal Norwegian Consulate.

The group, Svingen Torador, which specializes in the diatonic button accordion, plays a variety of music based on traditional tunes of Norwegian and Swedish origin.

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