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Swedish groups sing and dance at Phipps

The American Swedish Institute Spelmanslag along with the North Star Nordic Dancers will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at The Phipps Center for the Arts.

The Spelmanslag is the fiddling group of the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. The ensemble plays traditional folk music of Sweden, primarily from the region of Dalarna. Their repertoire includes traditional dance tunes such as waltzes, schottisches and polkas.

The music they play represents a living tradition that started hundreds of years ago in Sweden. The melodies were made by women as they sang to their cattle in the summer pastures, by miners and loggers as they marched to and from their work, and by common people who enjoyed singing and dancing with family and friends. Sweden's tradition of fiddle music goes back hundreds of years as well. Swedes say they have a tune for every occasion, from weddings, baptisms, and funerals to dances, feasts and holidays.

The North Star Nordic Dancers perform village dances from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark in traditional folk costumes. Their dances range from smooth and graceful to springy and energetic and feature turning and precise footwork. They dance primarily in couples rather than in sets or lines, as many international folk dances are performed.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for all students with a current ID. Discounts are available by purchasing season tickets. For reservations, contact The Phipps Center ticket office at (715) 386-8409 or

Shuttle bus

On Oct. 18, there will also be a Phipps Children's Theater production in the Black Box Theater as well as the busy Professional Walleye Tournament awards banquet in Lakefront Park, adjacent to The Phipps. Patrons are advised to arrive well in advance of the concert at 7:30 p.m. or take a shuttle bus from the outer lot of Plaza 94 on the frontage road (Coulee Road) north of I-94 or from the Welcome Center off the frontage road (Crest View Drive) south of I-94.

Shuttle buses will run every 15 minutes on Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Street parking is available in addition to public lots at the corners of Second and Vine streets as well as Third and Walnut streets.