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Alexander Rybak performed at 20-years jubilee of Ketil Moe Race for Life. 26.8.12

Link to the source: http://www.agderposten.no/nyheter/se-bildene-fra-det-siste-ketil-moe-lopet-1.7508568

Author: Karl Johan Emanuelsen

Article published 26.08.2012

Found by Marianne Saietz, translated by Tessa Lande.

 The last ten years the Civitan clubs at Sørlandet has been responsible for the event, and they’ve done a great job, but the average age of the members increases, so now it is sadly over.

– This is an event Lillesand municipality is proud of. It is sad that this is the last time. I hope someone comes up with a good idea to keep it going, Mayor Arne Thomassen said in his speech.

Continue reading Alexander Rybak performed at 20-years jubilee of Ketil Moe Race for Life. 26.8.12

Video: Concert of Alexander Rybak, Thomas Stanghelle and Koriallverda Youth Choir in Evje church. 26.8.12

Alexander, Thomas Stanghelle, girl’s youth choir “Koriallverda” and Kristian Skogheim Pedersen as a soloist gave a smashing concert in  Evje church (Norway) on last weekend, August 26.

There were some facebookies to make recordings for you, of course! 🙂 Here is the list of songs where Alex was involved:

Amazing grace

recording by Marit O.

Continue reading Video: Concert of Alexander Rybak, Thomas Stanghelle and Koriallverda Youth Choir in Evje church. 26.8.12

Article About Christmas Concert at Amta Newspaper, 22.12.2003

English translation by Hildebjörg Ha, arrangement by Tessa La and Anni Jowett

Text and photo: Øyvind Futsæter. 

 Thomas Stanghelle and Steven Ackle

I would like to participate in this kind of event every day, the whole year, Stephen Ackles said to the audience, who filled the Mission Church at Alværn to beyond bursting point on Sunday afternoon.
Together with Thomas and Turid Stanghelle, Alexander, Natasja and Igor Rybak and the Church’s children choir, he created a pre-Christmas mood which probably is still in the bone marrow of the audience. Continue reading Article About Christmas Concert at Amta Newspaper, 22.12.2003

Christmas on Home Ground – Varden newspaper. 16.12.2005

Christmas on Home Ground

Article in the paper issue of Varden 16.12.2005.  Text and photo: Helge Ottesen. 
Found and translated by Tessa Lande, revision by Anni Jowett


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.

Mother Turid had incurred a sore throat, and contented herself to only read from the Bible. Grandma Mathilde Marker,  joined in instead. She sang one of her most famous songs:  “White Lilac” from 1963. Also Thomas´ girlfriend Ingunn Roland sang a song written for her.

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

Gospel for 48 hours

Young Alexander Rybak received a lot of applause for his virtuoso solo on the violin, but it rose to even more applause when he played and sang a newly composed – and in love  –  Christmas song.  Touching! Thomas and Stephen sang, among other things, “O Helga Natt” , “Ave Maria”, “Mary’s Boy Child” and a medley of songs like “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and “When you Wish Upon a Star”. Thomas did the aria from Pearl Fishers by Bizet.

–  You might wonder what I do in this classical company?, a cheerful Stephen asked. Dressed in a black suit, red shirt and shiny boots.
– Thomas and I met in a cabin,  and there we sang gospel music together for 48 hours”,  Ackles tells. Yesterday he performed three gospel songs alone at the piano:  A Mahalia Jackson song from one of the first vinyl records,  that came into the home of the Ackles family in Brevik, with the text “Take My Hand, Precious Lord, lead me home.  Stephen also sang “A closer walk with thee ” and it looked as if the audience made themselves comfortable on the chairs, clearly wishing for more.

More than 150 people

Stephen Ackles said that Thursday was his grandmother’s 100th birthday and it was special to him. She has received a new address, just outside here  he said.  It was not only the torches at the entrance, that lit up the church yesterday. There were also some lights on the graves. More than 150 people where present in Brevik church last night.

Charming! Alexander Rybak with his own Christmas song.

Schedule of the Christmas crossover tour 2005

Alexander Rybak, Vivaldi Orchestra and T. Stanghelle at the University of Oslo, 12.10.2011

Alexander playing with the Vivaldi Orchestra of his father, Igor, and Thomas Stanghelle, for the 200 years Jubilee of the University of Oslo (Universitetet i Oslo), the following pieces:

  • Bergrosa, by Sven Nyhus
  • L’inverno (the Winter), from Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four seasons”
  • Two songs from “Some Sunny Night” with Thomas Stanghelle, the composer of this work, based on the life of Ketil Moe. At the presence of his friend in life, Mark Wang.

Recording by Alev Can and Venche Mellemstrand. Montage by Yannis Pap. English translation by Tessa La. Subtitles by Julia B.

Also on Dailymotion

Some old videos of Alexander Rybak, now with Subtitles


1. “Prelude from Moscow”, NRK documentary 16.05.2009
2. Performance at a press-conference in Norway. 28.05.2009
3. Interview at a Croatian TV program, Summer 2009
4. NRK on Alexander’s concert in Mausund. 05.07.2009
5. With Thomas Stanghelle and their families – Kristiansand 29.07.2009
6. Interview at NRK regarding the Nobel Peace Concert, 11.12.2009

Continue reading Some old videos of Alexander Rybak, now with Subtitles

“The Continuation of an Important Vision”. Ketil Moe-runrace sept.11th 2011

Article written by Carl Christian Engstad,  published in the paper-issue of Lillesandposten 14.09.11

Found by Olina Novikova. Translation by Tessa La.
Revised by Bita

The continuation of an Important Vision

Artist Alexander Rybak believes it’s important to honor Ketil Moe’s memory and vision. That’s why he performed on Sunday in “Dyreparken” at the Ketil Moe running race. The Grand Prix winner gave a concert and performed for nearly an hour before the race started. At the finish line, he presented the medals, signed autographs and posed for pictures, to the joy of all the abled and disabled race participants.

Rybak and his family had previously spent their summer holidays at Lillesand before, and so they knew Ketil Moe on a personal level. Rybak believes it’s important to be present to continue Moe’s visions:

“There are many diseases and conditions that exist in the world. I caught a glimpse of cystic fibrosis through Ketil Moe. I knew him when he lived, and I was tremendously inspired by his charisma. Even at his lowest points, he was a joy-spreader. Therefore, it is appropriate to arrange an event like this in his spirit, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to be here.”

Around 850 people purchased tickets to attend the 19th race in honor of Ketil Moe run race. As usual, there were those who were able to complete the race in as little as a few minutes, while others had to take it easier on themselves.

The first competitor to cross the finish line, Even Meinseth from Fevik, had participated in this race six times already, and shortly was shortly followed by his sister Ingvild.

“Our grandparents always bring us to this event. I think it’s fun. It is good that there are races like this, where everyone who participates is considered equal regardless of their conditions”, Even says.

Several of the disabled were swift to pass the finish line, and were very pleased about their own performances. Carl Jon Hansen, from Lillesand, who has always helped arrange the run race over the years, believes that this pleasure is a big component of the race:

“It’s what makes this race so special, the fact that you see disabled people display the same joy when it comes to competing”, Hansen says. Marc Christian and Carl Martin Bentsen, also from Lillesand, agree, stating that the idea behind the race is a great one.

Performance at the Ketil Moe Race. Sept.11th, 2011

Short article in the paper-issue of Agderposten 13.9.11.

Found by Olina Novikova. Translated by Tessa La. Revised by Bita

The dream had finally come true. After 50 performances in “The Sound of Music”, several performances in “Mathilde from Ramsøya” and an album release, the young Kristian S. Pedersen from Arendal had received the chance to perform with Rybak.

Sunday was the special day. On the day of Ketil Moe’s race in Dyreparken, together with composer Thomas Stanghelle, they arranged and performed the “Angel of Life” from the opera musical “Some Sunny Night” dedicated to Ketil Moe. The presentation was wonderful and touching.


Background-article :

Young boy from Arendal will sing with Rybak

Article from  www.arendals-tidende.no, published 07.09.11. Written by Linda Christensen. Photo: Linda Christensen.

Link to original article:http://www.arendals-tidende.no/index.cfm?event=doLink&famID=201649&frontFamID=38722

Translated by Tessa La

UPCOMING STAR: Kristian Skoglund Pedersen is looking forward to singing with Alexander Rybak at the memorial run race for Ketil Moe on Sunday

Continue reading Performance at the Ketil Moe Race. Sept.11th, 2011

Two reviews about concert of families Rybak and Stanghelle in Bergen on 2.9.11

Greek language mirror of this posting  you can find by clicking here

Review of the concert from http://www.nordhordland.no/puls/article5721428.ece

Rybak show lifted the roof.

Written by: Arthur Kleiveland 03.09.201

Translation by Hilde M.

Alexander Rybak flirted with the audience and presented a musical show of great variety together with his family and “3 generations” from the Stanghelle family.

The concert at Frekhaug friday night – arranged by Musikkens Venner and Knarvikmila -was a firework where the Eurovision Winner was in the center. He flirted with the audience and made very good contact with the people in the hall.

Continue reading Two reviews about concert of families Rybak and Stanghelle in Bergen on 2.9.11

Concert of families Rybak and Stanghelle in Farsund. July 8th, 2011


Nice review from Farsund-avis.no:  http://www.farsunds-avis.no/artikkel.asp?Artid=80013

Article found by Catalina Balan. Translated by Tessa La.


Rybak ruled the town square!


Rybak and Co. played music for all ages when they were on stage at the town square last night.

By Ådne Husby Sandnes



Emily Reinertsen was in love with Rybak, but that was earlier.

-It must be at least 3,000 here, that is fantastic, Knut Egil Andreassen said from the stage when he stood and peered over the crowd.

The town square in Farsund was filled with both young and old when the family Rybak and family Stanghelle presented everything from pop, folk songs, opera and classical music from stage at the town square in Farsund last night. The concert was weather dependent, and if it would rain, the concert would be moved to the church. It looked gloomy for a long time, but throughout the day it cleared up and everything was ready for Rybak to explode on stage.

Traditional concert
Family Rybak and family Stanghelle the guests, have a 15 year long tradition with summer concerts at the South coast of Norway, but this is the first time they joining the “Kaper” program. They asked themselves if they could come to Farsund, and as previously reported in the newspaper, Torrey Skeibrok believed it was a joke, but it was not. But not only the actual concert is traditional, the music has both elements of the old hymns and songs, but of course songs from Alexander Rybak pop career. June Carson and Britt Seland both live in America, but visiting Farsund in the summer. They have followed the career of Rybak.
He’s very talented, and from what I understand he is also very friendly and kind, said June Carson, also pleased with the nice weather.
The town was packed with people, but the biggest fans was in front of the stage. In front of the stage,among others, stood little Emily Reinertsen. She had made a great poster that said: “We love Rybak.” She was a little in love with Rybak, but that was earlier.
-Rybak’s really good, I had a little crush on him earlier, but not anymore, she says, blushing slightly, while the grandmother says she is a little embarrassed and that she was really looking forward the concert.

At least 3,000
When Rybak and co. entered the stage, cheering breaks loose in the town square. He starts with a song he presents as “a song you may have heard before.” It’s “Fairytale”. The audience is delighted with the opening number, and the familiar stanzas were sung at full volume from the audience. The explosion that Rybak had promised was a fact.
-It is nice to come home to my roots, I have so many good memories from Farsund.We will play all kinds of music, and I hope that when you get home, you are more culturally enriched, Rybak said and laughs from the stage in the town square, and start with a night song that his mother used to sing for him.
The weather threatened the concert earlier in the day, but the sun peeked out, and the organizers were delighted with the number of audience.
-There must be at least 3,000 here, a sea of people! It is fantastic, says Knut Egil Andreassen.

PS: Today Rybak performing as street musician in Lyngdal.

Concert videos

by Venche Mellemstrand

Alexander Rybak, Thomas Stanghelle, “Dream”

Continue reading Concert of families Rybak and Stanghelle in Farsund. July 8th, 2011

Alexander’s concerts in China were cancelled due to politics

Alexander was going to perform in China on 1, 2 and 5 November for the musical “Some Sunny Night” by Thomas Stanghelle, where he portrays Ketil Moe, a respected figure among Norwegian athletes, who gave a personal fight against cystic fibrosis. His parents would participate as well.

Unfortunately, the concerts were suddenly cancelled by the Chinese Department of Culture yesterday, in the context of the general anger of the Chinese government against Norway, after the decision of the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiabo, a dissident and political prisoner in China. No other Norwegian artists are known to face similar problems in China so far.

Alexander talked to NRK and TV2 about this issue. Links found by Marianne Saietz (who also pays the subscription to let us watch TV2!) and Vigdis Ar. Uploading by Yannis Papadopoulos. Many thanks for the translation to Tessa La!

More articles about the cancellation here:

Found by Hege Anita SteinvikVG Newspaper

Found by Sara Anja RuskeDagbladet Newspaper

Found by Vigdis ArSide2 website