June 25, 2007

A Svenskarnas Dag luncheon

A Swedish Day with a Swedish orchestra to be Friday, July 27

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

West Central Christian Seniors welcome the public to spend the afternoon with a 35-person Swedish orchestra, Friday, July 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

It’s a “Svenskarnas Dag” (Swedish Day) luncheon at the First Baptist Church of Cokato with the Swedish Gospel and Jazz Orchestra.

This is the orchestra’s first US tour and it will be spending the month of July in Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

In Sweden, the band is known as the Bodekull Gospel and Jazz Orchestra. Bodekull comes from the old name of the city of Karlshamm, which was founded in 1664 by Swedish King Karl X Gustav.

From this harbor, many of the one million emigrants left Sweden on their way to America.

The band performs music based on spiritual, gospel and Christian songs, which are arranged in a modern “swing” way with influences from jazz composers and musicians like Duke Ellington and Thad Jones, according to the band’s website.

The band’s gospel music not only is a style for them, it also means the “gospel of Jesus Christ,” as presented in the Bible. Through this form of music, the band wants to celebrate and share their relationship with Jesus Christ.

Its big band style is created by the type of instruments played including saxophones, trumpets, trombones, French horns, tubas, flutes, and more.

The band’s Cokato visit is sponsored by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Cokato. Dave Anderson, the tour manager, informed the church the band would be around the area and asked if the church wanted to host them for lunch. That’s when the church suggested the WCCS luncheon.

The concert is free, but a free-will offering will be taken at the time of the concert.

Prior to the concert, attendees can enjoy the WCCS luncheon with a $7 donation for the meal and a limit of 315 people. As of press time, 200 lunches were still available

Call for reservations by Tuesday, July 24 to Estelle Rokala at (320) 286-6771 or Eleanor Partridge, (320) 274-5460.

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