July Newsletter: JBS-USA Announces 20th Anniversary Mini-Conference & CD
Nov
17
to Nov 19

July Newsletter: JBS-USA Announces 20th Anniversary Mini-Conference & CD

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JBS-USA is delighted to announce that the celebratory year of our 20th anniversary will kick off with a mini-conference in Washington, D.C. November 17th and 18th along with the issue of a very special members-only CD. We will begin on Friday the 17th by attending a rehearsal of Washington Concert Opera’s presentation of Bellini’s La straniera at the Lissner Auditorium. Those of us who attended this company’s Semiramide a couple of years ago, and the D.C. members who regularly attend their productions, can attest to the very high level of performance we can expect. 
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Jussi in Utah -- Leaving His Mark
Jun
12
to Jun 13

Jussi in Utah -- Leaving His Mark

By Walter B. Rudolph

JBS-USA Conference in Salt Lake City

Immediately after arriving by boat in New York City, Jussi and Anna-Lisa Björling flew to Provo, Utah where he gave his first American performance for the 1939-40 season on November 20th, 1939 in the Provo Tabernacle (photo).

Revealing a golden tenor voice of rare beauty, Jussi Bjoerling, of Metropolitan Opera fame, sang his way into the hearts of more than 2000 people at the University-Community concert Monday night in the tabernacle. (The Daily Herald, November 21, 1939)

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The Minnesota Conference: Plans Take Shape
Jun
22
to Jun 26

The Minnesota Conference: Plans Take Shape

Although there is an huge slate of exciting events planned for 2011 in Sweden, many of our members here may not wish to travel that far (or that expensively!). With that in mind, the Jussi Björling Society-USA will host a commemorative conference in St. Peter, MN, at Gustavus Adolphus College, June 22-26 of 2011.

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Jussi Björling Memorial and Centennial events
Dec
10
2:00pm 2:00pm

Jussi Björling Memorial and Centennial events

In a powerful impulse of national pride, H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf has become the official patron of the Jussi Björling centennial celebrations. The centennial committee has also gathered in a tremendous financial contribution from Swedish real estate magnate Stefan Sundh, (coincidentally, Bengt Krantz’s cousin), and a sizeable award from Barbro Osher’s Pro Suecia Foundation. There were also two smaller private donations.

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Across The Baltic and Further Adventures in Finland (July 10-20, 2007)
Jul
10
to Jul 20

Across The Baltic and Further Adventures in Finland (July 10-20, 2007)

By David Hill

After arriving in Stockholm (July 10), we bid a fond farewell to our bus driver, Björn, and most of our Swedish companions, and boarded the Silja-line ferry Symphony for Helsinki. The ship was more of a floating shopping mall than a cruise ship, but a good time was had by all as we spread ourselves from Commodore Class to Steerage. Some of us slept, some took in the Casino and bar, and Don thought that he had been able to get a glimpse of Sairo. A peaceful night, the Baltic was very calm, and by daylight we were steaming amongst the islands of the Helsinki archipelago.

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Report on JBS tour of Sweden and Finland (July 4-20, 2007)
Jul
4
to Jul 9

Report on JBS tour of Sweden and Finland (July 4-20, 2007)

The 2007 Summer JBS Swedish safari opened on July 4th  in Borlänge at the Jussi Björling Museum there, a place that some of us regard as the “center of the universe.” This year’s Museum program was unusual in the emphasis on singers other than JB, and on aspects of Jussi in areas other than singing. Really. Harald welcomed all with good cheer (and a new haircut), and we got a running start on a couple of very full days. 

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Jussi Björling in London
Sep
8
to Sep 13

Jussi Björling in London

John Steane gave his talk unscripted. This is an edited version, preserving the spoken idiom but reconstructed slightly for purposes of readability.

Ladies and gentlemen, I bring greetings for the conference from Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. She asked me the other day: “What are you doing?” And although that question may sound a little accusatory it was in fact very friendly and I said: “I’m going to Stockholm.” She said: “Oh! How lovely! What are you doing there?” And so I told her. And she said: “Ah! I sang with him you know. And it was one of the great events in my life.” She said: “Will you please give my kinds regards to all the people present and tell them how I join with them in honouring a great artist and a very great man.”  So I pass these greetings on to you from her.

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Kesting Considers Björling in Historical Perspective, as One of the Twentieth Century’s Key Tenors after Caruso
Sep
8
to Sep 13

Kesting Considers Björling in Historical Perspective, as One of the Twentieth Century’s Key Tenors after Caruso

Jürgen Kesting is a prominent German music critic and author of the monumental three-volume Die grossen Sänger as well as of highly original studies of Callas and Pavarotti. In his lecture “The exception to every rule: the role of the tenor since Caruso,” Kesting provided a fascinating examination of Björling’s position among singers and key features of his vocal technique.

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