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Swedish American Museum Brings Vibrant Line-Up Of Events To Andersonville

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Violinist Mariela Shaker

One of the things that makes Andersonville so awesome is its deep roots in the Swedish-American culture. Since 1976, the Swedish American Museum, a not-for-profit educational center that interprets the immigrant experience for children and adults, has promoted the unique diversity of the culture.

The Museum, which is located at 5211 N. Clark Street in Andersonville has announced a rich and vibrant schedule of events that showcases their mission.

Upoming concerts on May 15, June 5 and 15

The Chicago Swedish Male Chorus will make its annual appearance in the Museum at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 15, with a concert of songs in Swedish and English. The Male Chorus, affiliated with the 124-year-old American Union of Swedish Singers, recalls memories of beloved songs from the homeland.

The Merula Choir, founded in 2011, will present its spring concert, “Våren Flyr!” (Spring Flies), in the Museum at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 5. The theme is the journey of Syrian refugees who have fled their homes in search of opportunities in Sweden.

The Swedish, Syrian and Greek folk songs result from collaboration with violinist Mariela Shaker, a Syrian who is a graduate student at the DePaul University School of Music. Pieces by Bach, Stravinsky and Lina Sandell are included in the program.

Also on the Museum’s spring schedule is the annual Jenny Lind Concert, which will feature performances of classic arias at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, by mezzo-soprano Karin Osbeck, with piano accompaniment by Matilda Lindholm. Osbeck is a student at University College of Opera in Stockholm, while Lindholm studies at the Royal College of Music.

The Jenny Lind Concert will be preceded by a dinner at 6 p.m. Reservations at $15 per person must be made in advance at www.SwedishAmericanMuseum.org. There is no charge to attend the concert.

 

Other Museum events planned during May

ONGOING: The exhibit, “SKåL! Scandinavian Spirits,” curated by the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa, may be seen through June 19.

Sundays, May 1 and 15, 10 a.m. – Bullerbyn, a program of reading and singing in Swedish for children of ages 6 months to 5 years and their parents; followed by Svenska Skolan for adults.

Sunday, May 8, 1 to 3:30 p.m. – Scandinavian Jam of traditional tunes led by Mary Allsop and Paul Tyler; participants are welcome to bring instruments and join the music making.

Thursday, May 12, 6 p.m. – “City of the Big Drinkers: Chicago’s Swedish-American Community in the Age of Temperance and Prohibition,” a talk by historian-bartender Jim Seaver; the program is followed by a “Sip and See” tour of Simon’s Tavern across the street.

Saturday, May 14, 11 a.m. – Guided tour of the permanent second-floor immigration exhibit, “The Dream of America.”

Saturday, May 14, 2 p.m. – CSCI Eurovision viewing of Chicago Sister Cities International Song Contest streamed live from Stockholm, Sweden.

Friday, May 20, 11 a.m. to 12 noon – Hejsan, a story and craft hour for children of all ages, based on “When I Grow Up” by Mercer Mayer.

Saturday, May 14, 2 p.m. – CSCI Eurovision viewing of Chicago Sister Cities International Song Contest streamed live from Stockholm, Sweden.

Friday, May 20, 11 a.m. to 12 noon – Hejsan, a story and craft hour for children of all ages, based on “When I Grow Up” by Mercer Mayer..

 

MUSEUM HOURS

Regular hours of the Swedish American Museum, the Brunk Children’s Museum and the Museum Store follow.

The Museum building and exhibits: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Children’s Museum: Monday through Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Museum Store: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Nordic Family Genealogy Center at the Museum is open by appointment to individuals who wish to conduct research from 12 noon to 3 p.m. each Wednesday. Experienced assistance is available. Free to Museum members; $10 per visit for non-members.


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