Holy Christmas celebration
The star quintet behind Stille Natt Hellige Natt sang in Christmas at Brumunddal church.
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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.
Source: h-a.no Published 21.12.16. Text Kristian Einang.
Translation Jorunn Ekre, revised by Anni Jowett
The Christmas concert “Stille Natt Hellige Natt” has developed into a steady tradition in Brumunddal, and to many the concert is a constant pre-Christmas “must do”. Rune Larsen has as always a star team of artists, and this year the quintet consisted of Alexander Rybak, Maria Haukaas Mittet, Marian Aas Hansen, Hans Petter Moen and Rune Larsen.
The debutant was impressive
The programme had a religious touch, and unlike many other Christmas concerts this bunch opens up to the more unknown Christmas songs.
Parts of the content were recycled from last year’s concert, but that doesn’t have to be negative when you have only included the very best of it. This year’s debutant Hans Petter Moen was impressive throughout the concert, and it reached a climax when he delivered a great version of “O Holy Night”. Marian Aas Hansen delivered both as a soloist and a backup vocalist, but ended probably as the most anonymous of the five artists.
Rybak included his violin play well into the songs, and he received a huge amount of applause for his solo performances. Particularly during his own arrangement of “Vi Tenner våre Lykter” he tore the house down.
Highlight from the North
Maria Haukaas Mittet had a couple of the big highlights of the evening. She raised the bar with “The Night that Christ was Born” but still saved the best for last. Nordnorsk Julesalme (Hymn from the north of Norway) has become a very popular Christmas song in Norway, and few if any, deliver it better than her. Rune Larsen tied the whole thing together round his thoughts of Christmas, and it was obvious that he wanted to convey a bigger message than how great and nice the Christmas holiday is. Larsen emphasised the crisis in Syria, and he didn’t forget to mention those who often are struggling while everyone else is having a great time. Together they served the traditional Norwegian Christmas music, Spanish Christmas tones, Hungarian music and American gospel music, and they also, to the joy of the audience, made much space for a singalong. The verger Johannes Høisveen was always the lead singer during Julekveldsvisa, a popular segment that the Christmas quintet only performs at Brumunddal church. Christmas Eve can just arrive now.