The SASS 2017 committee is please to announced that registration for our annual meeting, which will take place in Minneapolis from May 11 through May 14, is now open here.
Please note that all presenters must be registered SASS members; non-members must register at the non-member rate. Early registration closes on February 15, regular registration on March 15, and late registration on April 30.
Early Regular Member: $160; Regular Member: $185; Late Regular Member: $215.
Early Non-Member: $200; Regular Non-Member: $225; Late Non-Member: $250.
As has been indicated in previous remarks about the upcoming annual meeting, Minneapolis-St. Paul is fortunate to be possessed of one of the largest and most vibrant Scandinavian-American communities in the country. In keeping with the conference theme, Nordic Connections: Old and New, we are pleased to offer SASS attendees the opportunity to attend a number of special events in addition to the traditional academic programming, themed luncheons and banquet. Information on each of these events is provided below:
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Concert: “Bedroom Community and Friends” — Tuesday, May 9, 7:30 PM, American Swedish Institute, $25
While not an official SASS event, conference attendees are encouraged to arrive a bit early in the Twin Cities in or order to attend an extraordinary concert by the celebrated Icelandic music collective Bedroom Community. This one-time event, which features Valgeir Sigurðsson, Sam Amidon and Daníel Bjarnason of Bedroom Community as well as Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto and Swedish vocalist Mariam Wallentin, is a co-production of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series and the American Swedish Institute. It is a highlight of Where Words End, the SPCO’s monthlong festival of Nordic music new and old. Information about the concert as well as ticket purchases may be found here.
Excursion to St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN — Thursday, May 11, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, $25 (round trip transportation from the hotel included)
Our first official special event, an excursion to nearby Northfield, MN, home to St. Olaf College and the Hong Kierkegaard Library, shall take place from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Thursday, May 11. Guided tours of the Norwegian-American Historical Archives, the Hong Library, the Rolvaag Library Special Collections Department, and the Shaw-Olson Center for College History are included.
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Concert Featuring Pekka Kuusisto: “Migration Patterns” — Friday, May 12, 8:00 PM, $60 (includes roundtrip transportation)
SASS attendees are further invited to attend a Friday evening concert at Saint Paul’s historic Ordway Concert Hall, featuring the SPCO in collaboration with Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto as well as contemporary American composer Gabriel Kahane. The program includes:
- Edvard Grieg/ Holberg Suite
- Gabriel Kahane/ Orinoco Sketches for String Orchestra
- Traditional/ Finnish and Swedish Folk Songs (arr. Amidon/Kuusisto/Muhly)
- Pekka Kuusisto, director and violin
- Gabriel Kahane, guitar and vocals
- Sam Amidon, fiddle, guitar and vocals
- Jean Sibelius/ Valse Triste
- Magnus Lindberg/ Violin Concerto
Bus departs from the conference hotel at 6:00 PM, preconcert talk starts at 7:00 PM.
Excursion to the American Swedish Institute and Exhibit Tour: “The Weather Diaries” — Sunday May 14, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, $15 (fika included)
We are also pleased to offer attendees a visit to the institution that is in many ways at the very center of the Scandinavian American cultural revival in the Twin Cities, namely the American Swedish Institute. Participants should arrive at the ASI by 10:00 AM Sunday (just a short cab ride from the conference hotel) for a guided tour, led by Byron Nordstrom (Professor Emeritus, Gustavus Adolphus College), of the remarkable exhibit of West Nordic fashion and design entitled “The Weather Diaries.” A short film describing a previous version of the exhibit is available here. At 11:00 AM we will formally close the conference with a fika provide by the ASI, which will feature local Scandinavian American music.
We the organizers of SASS 2017 are thrilled to welcome all you to the Twin Cities! See you in May!