When we started Stämbandet in 1978, we could never have imagined that we would be singing together for so many years. But alas, after 38 years of making music, last year we performed our final concert.
So many wonderful people have contributed their voices and enthusiasm over the years to make Stämbandet a success! It has been such a fun and rewarding journey for me, with so many memories that made Stämbandet feel like an extended family – more than just a vocal group. We made recordings, performed on the WGBH radio show Morning Pro Musica (now discontinued), performed at Boston City Hall Plaza, at the Hatch Shell, at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, at Berklee College of Music, at First Nights in Boston, Rockport, Braintree and other towns. We participated in New Sweden ‘88 Festival in New York, commemorating the 350th anniversary of the first Swedish settlement in America – The New Sweden colony on the Delaware. In 2010 we did a concert tour in Sweden, and we have performed in all New England states and New York. We appeared on Swedish radio and Club Passim. Last year Stämbandet participated in “Sing That Thing” on WGBH. We have performed at weddings, birthday parties and funerals, at museums, schools, churches, and music festivals. And we had a lot of fun along the way.
I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of you who came to listen, contributed, and shared in our joy of Nordic music and culture, cheered us on and encouraged us to do what we most enjoy – singing Nordic music. A big thank you also to the many instrumentalists who performed with us and whose talents added so much to our music. We have had several inspiring musical directors, and a special thank you goes to Allen LeVines who has been the musical director of Stämbandet for more than 30 years and a friend. Allen, you always raised the bar and inspired us all!
With much appreciation,