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Magical atmosphere with Alexander Rybak 01.12.2017

Everyone raised up and sang “Deilig er jorden” (Fairest Lord Jesus) together with the artists.

Source: Vestnytt.no Text and photos: Silje Alden.
English translation: TessaLa. Revision: Anni Jowett.

Alexander Rybak, Maria Haukaas Mittet, Hans Marius Hoff Mittet and Rune Larsen got the audience in Christmas mood with their beautiful vocals. There were around 400 in the audience  in Fjell church this Thursday, at this year’s Christmas concert. Continue reading Magical atmosphere with Alexander Rybak 01.12.2017

Stille Natt Hellige Natt and Alexander Rybak in Norwegian breakfast TV 24.11.2017

Alexander Rybak and the other artists from “Stille Natt Hellige Natt” Tour, visited the Norwegian breakfast TV-show “God Morgen Norge” before they started their Christmas Tour. 

This year the artists are Alexander Rybak, Rune Larsen, Maria Haukaas Mittet and Maria’s husband Hans Marius Hoff Mittet who also is new in the bunch. 

Stille Natt Hellige Natt concert at Brumunddal church 21.12.2016

Holy Christmas celebration

The star quintet behind Stille Natt Hellige Natt sang in Christmas at Brumunddal church. 

Text to the cover photo: 
Christmas mood : From left Alexander Rybak, Hans Petter Moen, Marian Aas Hansen, Maria Haukaas Mittet and Rune Larsen. Here from the concert at Vang church which took place later on Wednesday evening. Continue reading Stille Natt Hellige Natt concert at Brumunddal church 21.12.2016

Stille Natt Hellige Natt concert in Immanuel church 12.12.2016

Marian Aas Hansen: It’s really fantastic to sing in the Immanuel church

Hansen is a part of Stille Natt, Hellige Natt for the 16th time which has given Norwegians the Christmas mood since 1987 and on Monday they visited Halden and Immanuels church.

Continue reading Stille Natt Hellige Natt concert in Immanuel church 12.12.2016

The “Stille Natt Hellige Natt” Christmas concert in Vinger church 04.12.2016

Filled the church with Christmas

With 280 tickets sold, Vinger church was a sold out on Sunday evening. High profiled guests were visiting.

Text to featured photo: Full house: Eurovision winner Alexander Rybak, Hans Petter Moen, Marian Aas Hansen, Maria Haukaas Mittet and Rune Larsen filled Vinger church Sunday evening with their concert “Stille Natt Hellige Natt”. Continue reading The “Stille Natt Hellige Natt” Christmas concert in Vinger church 04.12.2016

Alexander Rybak, Marian Aas Hansen and Rune Larsen – Interview on Radio Sør, Norway 29.11.2016

Radio interview (video)  and article with Alexander, Marian and Rune from Stille Natt Hellige Natt

Finally Alexander Rybak is “just” a violinist

Source: krs.247.no  Text and photo by Glenn Th. Faannessen

There are many elements to grab when Rune Larsen, Marian Aas Hansen and Alexander Rybak are among the players. Tore Endresen is missed a lot, but the MGP-stamp Rybak is not particularly missed by the violinist Rybak.

– After something settled as Grand Prix,  it’s hard to tear yourself out of a bubble that the media has created. Here I can actually be a violinist. I do not feel that I have to meet the expectations by putting on a white shirt and vest and do exactly the same things, says Rybak to KRS247.

– And Rune is not Lollipop-Rune, either.

– That’s absolutely right. Those who expect Lollipop will be disappointed. This is something else. When Alexander plays his violin numbers every night there is a tremendous response to it. It says something about our concert that we can have a sing-along with the audience, artistic touches as Alexander stands for, says Larsen before he is interrupted.

– And the humour with Rune, Rybak shoots in.

– I’m a bit of a joker, Larsen confirms joyfully.

Marian Aas Hansen believes that the audiences who come back year after year, have their expectations that should be met.

– We have an audience who come year after year because they get what they expect plus they get surprises.  It is about keeping some of the essence of “Stille Natt” and Christmas but also to renew, says Aas Hansen.

Alexander and Stille Natt Hellige Natt in “God morgen Norge” 22.11.2016

Alexander Rybak and the other artists in “Stille Natt Hellige Natt”  visited the Norwegian morning TV-show “God morgen Norge” (Good morning Norway) on TV2.

In addition to an interview they also performed the song “Just a Closer Walk With Thee“, a gospel song by an unknown composer, and the beautiful “Lys i mot Mørketida” by Trygve Hoff.  English subs  will soon be added to the interview. Enjoy the Christmas mood 🙂 Videos of the interview and Maria’s song below.

Book tickets for the Christmas concert HERE Continue reading Alexander and Stille Natt Hellige Natt in “God morgen Norge” 22.11.2016

Anni Jowett’s Christmas concert report from Bergen 2015

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Oh, the weather outside was frightful,
but the company was so delightful.
And since we had some place to go
Let it go! Let it go, Let it go.

When we finally say goodnight,
How I’ll hate going out in the storm!
But, as he really hugged me tight,
All the way home I felt warm!

Now the tour bus is loudly revving,
me and dear Marian are still good-by-ing.
But, as long I love Stille Natt
I will go! I will go! I will go!

Oh, rain didn’t show signs of stopping,
So we caught some crabs for cooking
The lights are turned way down low,
Candles glow! Koselig Tid! Candles glow! Continue reading Anni Jowett’s Christmas concert report from Bergen 2015

Had picture taken with their idol Alexander Rybak 22.12.2012

Alexander Rybak Juleturne
A little embarrassing:  For Selina (10) and Anea Bråten(8), it was a little embarrassing, but very fun, to have their picture taken with their hero Alexander Rybak. They had a nice evening at the concert and would like to return once again.

Had picture taken with their idol

 Delighted Sarpsborg girls got to meet Alexander Rybak after the Christmas concert.


Source: Paper issue of Sarpsborg Arbeiderbladet 22.12.2012.
Author:  Marie Kingsrød. Photos by Vetle Grannath Magelssen

Found by Ulli Cologne. Translation by Laila Solum Hansen. English revision by Lillian Llewellyn

Selina (10) and Anea Bråten (8) did not want to go to the Christmas concert. But that was before they heard that Alexander Rybak was coming.

-It was kind of strange to see him in person, since I have only ever seen him on TV, says Selina, who together with her sister was very pleased when, after the Christmas concert ‘Silent Night Holy Night’ in Tune church, had their picture with Rybak.
-He is very clever, and the concert was good. I have liked him for a long time. I didn’t want to go to the Christmas concert actually, but then Mom told me that Rybak was coming, Selina smiles.
In spite of the happiness she thought it was a little embarrassing to meet the star violinist.
-But it wasn’t scary. He was very kind,  the 10 year old says.

Continue reading Had picture taken with their idol Alexander Rybak 22.12.2012

Review of Christmas concert with Alexander Rybak in Fredrikstad 09.12.2012.

Article published in the paper-issue of  Fredrikstad Blad 10.12.2012.

Author: Guttorm O. Ihlebæk. Photo: Kent Inge Olsen

English translation by Laila S. English revision by Katie Anderson

Colors: The Artists used various colors in the lightning to make some effect.

Very good pop

Seen from a more classical point of view, there are some conditions of  the ‘Stille Natt, Hellig Natt’ Christmas concert’s concept that seem problematic. It is firstly about the authenticity of the concept.
The artists slip in covered by an acoustic backdrop made in an artificial way, while the altar area of the Cathedral is artificially colored with blue light, and later with several other quite flashy colors.
A superb sound system is backing up the singers and the instrumentalists, and they wants us to believe ‘This is how they sing and play’. But this can only be judged without help from the sound system. As a whole, the concept could be seen as smooth, un-authentic and calculated.

Continue reading Review of Christmas concert with Alexander Rybak in Fredrikstad 09.12.2012.

Review of Christmas concerts with Alexander Rybak in Grimstad and Arendal. Agderposten, 6.12.12

Article in the paper issue of “Agderposten”, published on December 6, 2012

Found by Venche M. English translation by Jorunn Ekre. English revision by Lillian Llewellyn.

The quintet Alexander Rybak, Marian Aas Hansen, Tor Endresen, Elisabeth Andreassen and Rune Larsen gathered 500 people in Grimstad church last night. Later in the evening they performed in Trefoldighetskirken in Arendal.

Text: Oddvar Paulsen
Photo: Anne Karin Andersen

Light a hope for Christmas

It’s unbelievable that you’d get goosebumps from hearing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” at a church and at the same time get in a Christmas mood. By hearing Tor Endresen’s interpretation of it during the Christmas concert in Grimstad it provided a great beginning of a beautiful and powerful experience.

“Silent Night, Holy Night” is probably Norway’s most famous travelling Christmas concert, and the mood was set already when Alexander Rybak started playing the violin during the performance of Glade Jul (Silent Night). For 25 years different artists have filled churches all over the country under the title “Silent Night, Holy Night” like last night at Grimstad church.

Continue reading Review of Christmas concerts with Alexander Rybak in Grimstad and Arendal. Agderposten, 6.12.12

“Alexander Rybak – the new Christmas star”. Review of the concert in Kirkelandet church (Kristiansund)

Article in the paper issue of Tidens Krav, published on 29.11.12

Text and pictures: Eilif Odde  and Trygve Strand

Beautiful: Great atmosphere throughout the whole concert with Alexander Rybak (from left), Mariann Aas Hansen, Tor Endresen, Elisabeth Andreassen and Rune Larsen.

Found by Tessa Lande and Venche M. Englihs translation by Hilde M. English revision by Lillian Llewellyn.

The new Christmas star

For 25 years, the “Silent Night, Holy Night” have toured Norway in the weeks before Christmas. With Alexander Rybak joining the team, it is quite possible they can stay on for another 25 years.

For the second time in three days, Kirkelandet church in Kristiansund was completely fully seated because of a touring pre-Christmas concert. On Sunday it was Hanne Krogh and her three tenors that was in action, yesterday we heard the more traditional “Silent Night, Holy Night,” that this year had grown from a quartet to a quintet.

Continue reading “Alexander Rybak — the new Christmas star”. Review of the concert in Kirkelandet church (Kristiansund)

Concert at Bø Church Jan.10th 2012

Report from Bø

Written by Laila Ulvseth on Wednesday, 11 January 2012 at 21:51

Two days ago, I got a message. We who had been at Bø church for the Vinterbilder concert, and not seen Alexander, got a chance now. It was an offer too tempting to refuse! So I had a chat with Hildebjørg who offered me a bed for the night, and went.

We came to the church 30 minutes before the concert and sat in the car because it was cold. Two minutes later, a car drove up beside us, and I nudged Hildebjørg. Isn’t that….?

Continue reading Concert at Bø Church Jan.10th 2012

“Good to have it done”! Article + 2 concert-videos from Bø Church Jan.10th 2012

Alexander Rybak had a bad conscience for a concert he lost in Bø before Christmas. Yesterday 10.01.2012, he made up for it with a mini concert and  half an hour of autograph writing

Article published in paper- edition of  Telemarksavisa 11.01 2012.

Written by Bjørnar Hagen Vika bhv@ta.no.

Found and translated by Laila Ulvseth

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Good to have it done

A cancelled plane made Alexander Rybak miss a Christmas concert in Bø before Christmas. Last night he made up for it.
– It was sad to know that there was a town in Norway where I hadn’t completed my task, …I just had to do something about it,- Alexander said after yesterday’s mini concert in Bø church. Before Christmas he travelled around with Dennis Storhøi and Anne Vada with the concert tour Vinterbilder. Two weeks before Christmas, Bø was on the schedule, but when the artists came on stage, Rybak wasn’t there. Bad weather made him stuck in Munich.

Continue reading “Good to have it done”! Article + 2 concert-videos from Bø Church Jan.10th 2012

“Christmas on Home Ground”. Varden newspaper. December 16th 2005

Christmas-Concert:  Crossover Christmas in Breivik church last night. From the left:  Alexander Rybak, Stephen Ackles and Thomas Stanghelle.

Article in the paper issue of Varden 16.12.2005

Journalist and photographer: Helge Ottesen

Found and translated by Tessa Lande
English revision by Anni Jowett

 

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Christmas on Home Ground

Stephen Ackles sang in Breivik Church yesterday. Today he will sing in Bamble Church.

He grew up in Breivik and lives in Langesund, and he is clearly on his home ground. I guess many of the people present yesterday would have liked to have heard more gospel from Stephen, now that he finally was in the church.

Crossover Christmas

“Crossover Christmas” is the name of the nearly two hour long Christmas concert,  Stephen Ackles participates in. The others are the tenor Thomas Stanghelle, his mother, mezzo-soprano Turid Stanghelle and the violinist Alexander Rybak. All of them took part in the famous performance by Thomas Stanghelle “Some Sunny Night” in Beijing in China this autumn. In the middle of the show they showed a short video clip from the China trip. But showing it behind the backs of the audience and on the wall of the roof of the high Brevik church, didn’t work very well. I do not know if there is something called Chinese crick in the neck, but it felt like that. Continue reading “Christmas on Home Ground”. Varden newspaper. December 16th 2005

Review about Christmas concert in Tønsberg on 13.12.2011

Article in the paper issue of “Tønsberg Blad”. 14.12.2011

Found and translated by Tessa Lande.

Journalist: Marikken W. Photographer: Peder Gjersøe

BEAUTIFUL WINTER PICTURES

Tønsberg: Dennis Storhøi, Alexander Rybak and Anne Vada shared their winter pictures, and made some new ones for the audience in the cathedral last evening.

Welcome to the Christmas concert “Vinterbilder” in beautiful Tønsberg Cathedral, Dennis Storhøi said, before the concert started yesterday.
Together with him was Anne Vada and Alexander Rybak, and together they painted beautiful musical winter photos of the cathedral.

Continue reading Review about Christmas concert in Tønsberg on 13.12.2011

“Keeping the traditions”- “Tidens Krav”. Dec.5th 2011

Published in “Tidens Krav”, Dec. 5th 2011. Written by Liv Jorunn Denstadu Sagmo.

Photo: Mona Nordøy.

Found by Kjell Arild Tiltnes. Translation by Marianne Saietz

Text under picture: To Frei. Alexander Rybak visits Frei Church, together with Anne Vada and Dennis Storhøi, with their concert “Vinterbilder”

Keeping the traditions

….But first, Rybak & Co are going to Frei Church.

Alexander Rybak is looking forward to a calm tour before Christmas. But he never performs, in the last days before Christmas. ” Not even, if  I was offered a lot of money” – says Rybak to Tidens Krav.

December and the time of advent, always brings Christmas-concerts. Wednesday, Alexander Rybak, the actor Dennis Storhøi and singer Anne Vada, will come to Frei Church with “Vinterbilder”. During advent, they will give 13 concerts all around the  country.

Continue reading “Keeping the traditions”- “Tidens Krav”. Dec.5th 2011

“Alexander Rybak and Dennis Storhøi go on tour” – article on Her og Nå, 20.09.2011

Alexander and Dennis Storhøi go on tour. Ready for new “spillopper” [=pranks*]

* wordplay with the word “spill” = play

Found and translated by Vero Nica


Alexander Rybak and Dennis Storhøi have had a huge success earlier with “Fiddler on the Roof”. “Her og Nå” can now reveal that they once again will turn their musical talents together.

Alexander Rybak (25) and Dennis Storhøi (51) have developed a close relationship through the staging of the audience and critics success “Fiddler on the Roof”. Young Alexander considers the theatre veteran Dennis as his artistic mentor, and the two have kept in touch since “Fiddler on the Roof”, the play for which Alexander was honoured with the “Hedda” award (best newcomer of the year). The two popular artists will now again be on the same stage during the concert tour “Vinterbilder” (=Winter pictures)

A little secretive Dennis Storhøi confirms to “Her og Nå” that he now will perform with Alexander again.
– I’m of course looking forward to working with Alexander again. We have kept in touch, and there’s a good atmosphere between us, he says.

From what “Her og Nå” has learnt, it will be 15 concerts in December. The established pianist Øystein Lund Olafsen is the producer, and Alexander and Dennis will be joined by the singer Anne Vada.

Schedule of “Vinterbilder” concerts

ACCORDING to Anne Vada’s page, discovered by Vigdis Ar

http://www.annevada.no/konserter/

Review about Christmas concert in Molde 13 Dec. 2010

A review from paper issue in  local paper “Romsdals Budstikke”.

Found and translated into English by Tessa La


In just a year and a half, he has managed to play, sing and charm himself into the hearts of many people, and the response to his concert in Bjørnsonhuset on Monday was incredible.

An audience of 400 to 500 singing and clapping people gave Alexander Rybak the boost he needed to make this concert one of the most cheerful Christmas concerts Bjørnsonhuset has ever experienced  at least, one can assume this judging by the audience’s reaction both at halftime and at the end of the concert. Throughout the concert, Alexander received lively participation from the audience for his sing-alongs. Continue reading Review about Christmas concert in Molde 13 Dec. 2010

Alexander Rybak in Morgennytt NRK about his Christmas Tour, Norway 25.11.2010

Alexander on the Norwegian morning news program “Morgennytt” talking about his soon starting Christmas Tour “Swinging home for Christmas”.

(English translation by Laila Solum Hansen, Russian translation and subs by Olina Novikova)