The Södra Vätterbygdens Folkhögskola Choir of Jönköping, Sweden, will present a concert at Gustavus Adolphus College’s Christ Chapel on Thursday, April 19, as part of its concert tour of the U.S. This performance is free of charge and begins at 7:00 p.m. in Christ Chapel. The concert is entitled ” A Swedish Bouquet” and features choral music from different times and traditions.
Södra Vätterbygdens Folkhögskola (SVF) is a private school in Jönköping, Sweden. It is one of 150 schools for adult education known as “folkhögskola”. This is a form of adult education, called “folkbildning”, is typical for Scandinavia. The relationship between Gustavus and SVF has been in place for many years as Gustavus classes and tours often use the campus facilities while in Sweden.
SVF was founded in 1919 and moved to its present premises on the western heights of Jönköping in 1930. The campus offers a fantastic view over the city and lake Vättern. Modern structures provide room for 280 students, including dormitories, which can house 130 students. Facilities include a fine library, studios for photography, radio and TV, computer labs, a chapel and a sports center. The music program at the school attracts students from all over the country.
The 44-member choir is presently touring the Upper Midwest, starting at North Park University in Chicago, with which SVF has an exchange, and then giving concerts in Rockford, Brooklyn Center, Chisago City, Bloomington, Bernadotte, Gustavus, and Winnetka. It’s the third time in the last six years that a SVF choir has toured the Midwest.
Thursday’s concert begins at 7:00 p.m. in Christ Chapel and is free and open to the public.