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Aug
30
to Sep 5

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*** AS OF JULY 31, 2018, REGISTRATIONS FOR THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY TRIP TO SWEDEN ARE NOW CLOSED ***

Join JBS-USA and the Jussi Björling Society (Scandinavia) for a celebration in Sweden of the 20th Anniversary of our Society.

Enjoy the 13th annual JUSSIFEST, a 2-day festival in the picturesque coastal village of Strömsbruk, (the birthplace of Jussi's father David, and scene of Jussi's own concerts during his performance tours around Sweden.)  The Festival will include concert, buffet dinner, Jussi-Request session, a panel discussion led by Nils-Göran Olve, and a Birgit Nilsson presentation by Stefan Johansson.

We will also spend a day in Borlänge visiting the JB Museum and Stora Tuna gravesite.  And our two days in Stockholm will include a concert at the Swedish Radio Concert Hall, tour of the Royal Opera House, and other arts-related activities.  

We have arranged for group rates at the hotels.  Click on the photo for the complete itinerary and sign-up sheet.  We urge you to sign up as soon as you can, as the hotels may not continue to offer group rates as we get closer to summer.   See you in Stockholm!
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A WONDERFUL TIME IN WASHINGTON D.C! JBS-USA 20th Anniversary Mini-Conference, November 17-18, 2017
Nov
17
to Nov 18

A WONDERFUL TIME IN WASHINGTON D.C! JBS-USA 20th Anniversary Mini-Conference, November 17-18, 2017

by Janel E. Lundgren
This celebratory, international conference opened with an optional event on Friday evening, November 17th, with members attending a dress rehearsal of Bellini's opera La straniera, performed by the Washington Concert Opera in Lissner Auditorium.  The company's rehearsal/performance was impressive, and a welcome opportunity to hear this infrequently performed opera from the bel canto repertoire. <more...>

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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
2:00 PM14:00

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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