Articles : Alexander Rybak – Two concerts with string students from Follo at Ås Culture House 27.04.14

Source: Paper issue of Østlandets Blad 28.04.2014

Author and photo: Daniel Gauslaa

Found by Jorunn Ekre, translated by TessaLa, revised by Katie Andersson

Picture on the front page of the newspaper.


 Played with Rybak in Ås: On Sunday evening 150 culture school children from the Follo region were on stage in Ås Culture house with Alexander Rybak. Together they took the breath away from the audience during the two concerts.


150 children and youth from Follo region on stage with Alexander Rybak


IN THE FIRST ROW WITH RYBAK: Emily Rebecca Husevåg Kristensen (14) and Julie Christine Lange (13) (to front left) from the culture school in Ås got to play with Alexander Rybak for the second time in Ås Culture House om sunday.


Alexander Rybak praises the young musicians from Folloe on stage and says that playing in Ås is like being on vacation.

ÅS: 150 music students from across Follo and some places in Østfold gathered in Ås Culture House for two concerts with Alexander Rybak Sunday evening.
2012 was the last time Rybak was on stage with the same concept in Ås Culture House. Both children and adults enjoyed the musical performances both by Rybak and music students. Throughout the weekend, the students have worked with Rybak to nail the Sunday concerts. Several hundred people attended the two concerts, and there were many proud parents, grandparents and other family members among them.


150 STUDENTS: Along with 150 pupils Rybak was on stage in Ås Culture House for the first time since 2012.

Took part also in 2012:
Emily Rebecca Husevåg Kristensen (14) and Christine Julia Lange (13) are students at the culture school in Ås, and also took part when Rybak came to visit two years ago.
– It’s pretty cool to play with Rybak, and it’s much more fun when there are many small children, SAY the two girls almost in unison.
Lange says that it was more difficult two years ago than it is today.
– Now it’s really easy,- she says.
When Østlandets Blad talked with the two girls before the concert, they were a bit nervous, but mostly looking forward to playing. They have also played with Elise Båtnes before, but find it more fun to play with Rybak.
– Båtnes is more challenging,- says Husevåg Kristensen.

10152585_749303808435021_1533558267802139332_n IMPRESSIVE: The students impressed the audience with music from different genres.

It’s kind of a holiday
– It’s great to see so many violin and cello talents gathered under one roof, says Alexander Rybak to the public.
He is also pleased to be back in Ås Cultural House, and is impressed with the level of the students.
– I have never before seen such unity AS the culture school students have in Ås, he says and adds: – To be here and play with them is kind of A holiday for me. It’s so easy.


Source: 28.04.2014

Author and video: Hanne Væren

Found by Ulli C, translated by TessaLa, revised by Katie Andersson


ÅS: Twice A full house in the culture house when Alexander Rybak and students from Ås and other cultural schools in Follo and the region hold a double concert on Sunday.
Alexander Rybak flirted with the audience all the way and had them in the palm of his hand. He played and sang some pieces himself, but committed much of the concert to the young, too.
– These are the stars of tomorrow, the real talents. Take good care of them, and encourage them to keep playing, was his call to the audience which consisted of many parents, relatives and friends.

Two young, avowed violinists

The two girls from Ås, Ane Olsen Svebak (10) and Junie Petzold (10), were a bit tired after the concerts on Sunday, but certainly happy after a three-day seminar with Rybak.

They started on Friday after school and kept on until Sunday night when the last note ended at the second concert.
– It was fun to meet Alexander Rybak, and get to play a lot. He was very nice throughout the whole seminar, but maybe a tiny bit strict at the dress rehearsal, says the two young violinists.

The two don’t think what they learned at the seminar was difficult, but in such a big concert it was a bit tricky to remember the correct order of the various performances.

Ane has played the violin for two years and Junie five years. And both guaranteed that they will now continue to play the violin for many years to come.

2 thoughts on “Articles : Alexander Rybak – Two concerts with string students from Follo at Ås Culture House 27.04.14”

  1. This comes really late but here is my report of the concert in Göteborg. We arrived to Gothemburg about 1 hour late. Never count on SJ to be on time… I decided it was no idea to go to the hotel and instead I hurried to the info to get a map over the town, It was my time in Gothemburg not spent at the station.The girl at the info heard I was from Stockholm and asked what I was doing in GOthemburg. I told her about the concert, she had no clue who ALexander was but told me to enjoy it. I got to the place I thought was the concert hall but wondered if I was right. Then two women came outside, one of them humming Fairytale. Oh, yeah definitely the right spot. They looked a bit questioningly at me. I’m not sure they knew how big Alexande is. Suddenly the door to the concert hall opened and I saw Laila waving at me. She was there with her son. I happily went inside. We were soon joined by Mary-Ann, her friend, Jaana, her daughter Rebecca with a friend and Marianne who arrived in a cab. We went to a cafe as it was too early to get inside the actual concert-house. It was really fun to just be with facebookies again!

    The concert was so great!!! It started off with Europe Skies and (of course) ended with Fairytale, I never get tired of hearing the songs live! He also played Ronde de lutin ( a big favourite of mine) and I could see the people around me go like :O over the song, Dagdröm, Hungarian suite and the funny violin part which is another favourite of mine. And then Roll with the wind and Funny Little World. I really never get tired of seeing him with kids, he gets so much energy from the kids and they get energy from him! After the show I asked one of the ladys responsible for the concert if there would be an opportunity to meet him. She said she was gonna go and see I met with Jaana, Rebecca and her friend who were also wondering the same thing. Then the lady comes back sees me and motions for me to come. I was followed by Jaana and REbecca. There stood ALexander with a huge group of people, all wanting his autograph. THere was always more and more people arriving and I told them they could go ahead since I had met him before. When I told that to one girl she said: No, it’s okay. I said to her, no, go ahead I’ve met him before, her reply was: “so have I” and we started talking. Turned out she had met him 4 years earlier and she looked really shocked when I said: I saw him 4 months ago. She said: But then I’ll join you and be social. We talked a lot. After a while the ladies came up to Alexander and asked if he was okay. Alexander, still signing autographs, said that he was okay but that he started to get hungry and that he was running out of time. THe ladies asked if he wanted to eat something he answered: yes but it gets so strange when I’m at McDonalds. The ladies replied that they understood it and wrote down what he wanted. THen Kjersti and I started discussing if we could do it as we had the time and there was still a LOT of children in line for an autograph. I said his name quite loud, he sees me, brightens up and says: HI, what is it? I told him we could buy the burger. The lady asks: Can you make it in time for that? WE assured her it would not be a problem, takes the order and run down to Mcdonalds. I think Kjersti was BONKing a bit 😉 When we got back we were met by another lady. She says that Alexander is talking to some people but then she sees the burger and says: “Oh you are the ones getting that burger, okay come with me.” We got up the stairs and found Alexander with Marianne and the other facebookies. Alexander was in a good mood but very hungry so we followed him up and gave him the burger. HE said he was excited about HGVM and got a bit surprised when I showed him the cd. “Oi har du den?” ( Oh, have u got that one?) After a while his cab to the airport had arrived and Kjersti and I left to find a good café. I think we spent 3-4 hours of talking until the clock was maybe 9 10 and she had to get home. I checked into my hotel and left Gothemburg the next day in a very good mood! 🙂

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