Celebrate Midsummer with Swedish music at Cambridge City Center Mall

Ellinor and Leonor from Sweden will perform at 7 p.m. June 13 at the City Center Mall in Cambridge.
Ellinor and Leonor from Sweden will perform at 7 p.m. June 13 at the City Center Mall in Cambridge.

Get an early start on Midsummer with an Evening of Swedish music on Friday, June 13, at the Cambridge City Center Mall.

The venue for this event has changed to the City Center Mall due to a conflict at the Isanti County Fairgrounds.

Featured guest artists are the duo Ellinor and Leonor from Sweden who are including Cambridge on their 2014 Midwest tour. The Cambridge Center for the Arts is partnering with the Historical Society to offer this unique musical evening which begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door.

Ellinor on fiddle and Leonor on a five-string cello bring a new dimension to Swedish folk music. As the duo says, “the fiddle and the cello share a common sensitivity for the incredibly rich musical landscape of Sweden.”

The duo brings to life forgotten music from the 19th century, sparkling dance tunes and compositions of their own that are in the traditional style. Opening for Ellinor and Leonor is the Spirit River Scandiband (east central Minnesota’s newest group to focus on traditional Nordic folk tunes).

Following their concert, Ellinor and Leonor will play an additional set for dancing (or continued listening) that will demonstrate their versatility as musicians. To hear a sample of their music, visit www.ellinorleonor.com.

Refreshments with a Scandinavian twist will be served, and there will be opportunities to win prizes of Scandinavian origin including a Heidi Ott doll in a Rättvik folk costume and a quilted table cloth featuring flowers from the various provinces of Sweden. .

Ellinor Fritz, a Swedish fiddler and riksspelman (national award winner), and Leonor Palazzo, a Belgian cellist, started playing as a duo in 2011, but they had met during their studies in Gothenburg, Sweden, at the Academy of Music and Drama. Since then they have been performing throughout Sweden, in the U.S. on tour in 2012, and more recently in France and Switzerland. They are also one of the featured performers at this year’s Nisswastämma, Minnesota’s largest Scandinavian folk music festival. Their new cd Mormors Trädgård (Grandmother’s Garden) will be available at the “musical evening.”

The Isanti County Historical Society Heritage Center is located on the northwest corner of the Isanti County Fairgrounds.

For information about this event, to become an historical society member, volunteer, or make a donation, visit www.ichs.ws, call 763-689-4229, or email [email protected] Hours are Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.