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17. December: Wonderful Peace at Christmas

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“What will save the world?: Definitely not fighting.

At Christmas time, the landscape is covered in a white blanket and everything’s quiet. The world seems to be standing still, as if protected by the angel’s white wings.

The Christmas season is a time to calm down, make time for peace and all the good things. To enjoy the first snow flakes and being together with our loved ones. Continue reading 17. December: Wonderful Peace at Christmas

15. December : Trololo this sweet Christmas time

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“From all of us to all of you”

“I denne søte juletid” is a traditional tune with lyrics by Hans Adolph Brorson (1694-1764). The title means “In this sweet Christmas-time” Alexander presented this piece on the 2011 Christmas tour “Vinter bilder”

Continue reading 15. December : Trololo this sweet Christmas time

10. December… Mother and Child.

“There’s no place like home, there’s no home like love.”

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Christmas is a time for family and “Himlen i min Famn” is a song about  the Virgin Mary’s hopes and fears for her unborn child.

Alexander accompanied Anne Vada on this beautiful song on the 2011 Christmas
tour “Vinterbilder” (Winter pictures). We present one of their performances here. Continue reading 10. December… Mother and Child.

7. December – He is a joy to experience

Warm winter pictures
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2011 was the year that Alexander held his festive Christmas tour called “Vinterbilder” (Winter pictures). The medley shown here is from his concert in Bragernes Church, Drammen, on December 3rd. This concert was a little extra special, since around 30 of Alexander’s international fans from all over the world attended his show that day, making it a performance to remember. Continue reading 7. December — He is a joy to experience

4. December – A special gift

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“In addition to his special talent and his musicality, I like that Alexander is so sincere and passionate. And that he doesn’t try to be better or different. He is also quite good at recognizing others”
Simone Larsen from “Hver gang vi møtes”
Continue reading 4. December — A special gift

“Rybak did not disappoint” – Bø blad, 12.01.2012.

Article published in the  paper issue of local newspaper Bø blad, 12.01.2012.

Journalist and photographer – Karen Anne Grindem. 

Found by Tessa Lande.  Translation by Hildebjørg Ha 

Rybak did not disappoint.

When Alexander Rybak went on stage in Bø church Thursday evening, the roof was almost lifted. It turned out to be a great free concert for the fans, as a way of consolation because he did not come before Christmas.

The popular artist, who won the ESC in 2009, is a conscientious, open, very nice and sympathetic boy. Rybak was sincerely sad because he didn’t manage to come to Bø before Christmas, to participate in the concert “Vinterbilder” [the journalist wrote “Vinterstemning”]. Therefore he came now.

– I had an encounter with a Russian bear, which stopped me from coming, he joked.

Mini concert

The choir school in Bø had their semester opening this evening, and all the 5 choirs in Bø were invited. They sang a little in the beginning.

– It was Alexander Rybak himself who took the initiative to come to Bø. He rang and asked if we had an event he could participate in, and he was willing to perform for free. We made this mini concert with all the 5 choirs, where Alexander got to be our special guest, the choir leaders Grete Sele and Rolf Akselsen Lie tell.

Continue reading “Rybak did not disappoint” — Bø blad, 12.01.2012.

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


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

Musical midwinter. Review of “Vinterbilder” in Ringsaker Church, Dec.22nd 2011

Though each of them has their own role,  they are together in the sing-along, with a sympathetic audience. Anna Vada, Dennis Storhøi and Alexander Rybak.

Article published on http://www.h-a.no/ , 22.12.2011

Text and photos by Paula Bjertnes

Link to original article ( with video ): http://www.h-a.no/?ModuleId=144585&articleView=true&tabId=359

Found by Vigdis Nor. Translation Vigdis Nor.


Musical midwinter

Just before Christmas a lot of people managed to get into the right mood, thanks to the concert, “Winter Pictures”.


There is no shortage of concerts with commercial operators in the district. Yesterday’s concert could have fitted into the picture here. But fortunately it had the mark of originality and spontaneity, which made it well worth the visit.
Alexander Rybak stood for the spontaneity. He shifts constantly between being a funny kindergarten- uncle and a serious fiddler. All the time he communicated with his audience, well aware that everyone should catch everything, and everyone should feel seen. It’s a great quality that many experienced artists are missing. Hopefully,  Rybak will never let go of his playfulness.

Originality was first and foremost in the arrangements. It was generally known and beloved Christmas songs that passed the show, and they were dressed in new “clothes” (arrangements) , thanks to musical director Øystein Lund Olafsen. Rybak improvised freely on “The Christmas Song”. Guitarist Kjell Harald Litangen came with a tough solo in “Himmel i min favn” (Heaven in my arms) and the pianist himself,  did the work of the organ in a very free version of “Deilig er jorden” (Lovely is the earth). Here he whizzed through many keys, and was inspired by the moment. It was a real highlight, which told much about this man’s musicality.

Winter mood

Anne Vada appeared in everything as a solid singer, who does not miss a single key. Her expression is clear and very clean, and makes you lower the shoulders of many notches.
Actor Dennis Storhøi read texts and thus put an atmospheric setting for the Christmas celebration. The transitions of the songs were gradual, again thanks to the keyboard man.
The three main artists gave each their atmospheric picture of winter and Christmas. Anna Vada and Dennis Storhøi were here strong in words, and although Rybak could not live up to it, his image was not less evident because of that. Choosing a sing-along version of “Julekveldsvisa” (Christmas Eve song) was a genius move, in which he got the men in the audience to sing an octave higher than usual, and the ladies to sing at their lowest. To pinch the nose to mimic Prøysen’s voice,  only Rybak can get away with.
It was this sense of humor combined with deeper lyrics, clear vocals and elegant music that made the concert a great experience. All this in a very beautiful color- set church-room, which was almost full.

Video from the article, by Paula Bjertnes.

Review of Christmas- concert in Elverum, Dec.17th 2011

Article published on www.ostlendingen.no 18.12.2011.

Text and photos by Bodvar Lotsberg. Link to original article: http://www.ostlendingen.no/nyheter/elverum/stor-forjulsfest-med-rybak-i-heradsbygd-1.6672529

Found by Olina Novikova. Translation by Marianne Saietz


Strong team: Anne Vada, Dennis Storhøi and Alexander Rybak in action in Heradsbygd church, saturday evening.

Big party before Christmas with Rybak in Heradsbygd

Saturday evening, a big pre-Christmas-party took place in Heradsbygd Church. We were guests at the program, “Vinterbilder”, with actor Dennis Storhøi, singer Anne Vada and Alexander Rybak and two musicians.

It was a concert, that gave us a great Christmas-spirit.

Continue reading Review of Christmas- concert in Elverum, Dec.17th 2011

Review about Christmas concert in Ulsteinvik on 09.12.2011

Article in the paper Issue of Vikebladet 15.12.11
Journalsit: Mone Celin K. Skrede. Photographer : Jan Erling Davidsen

Articles found by Olina Novikova. Translation by Tessa Lande.

Beautiful winter pictures

Friday 9th of December it was a full booked church and very expectant mood in Ulsteinvik. The artist trio Alexander Rybak, Dennis Storhøi and Anne Vada met with singing, storytelling, a lot of good spirits and beautiful tones from well-voted instruments.

It was people in all ages present this evening, and the whole church buzzed expectantly minutes before the concert was going to start.. The scene was suddenly illuminated, and in a red light the actor, radio voice, and film and TV face Dennis Storhøi come walking up the aisle.

Continue reading Review about Christmas concert in Ulsteinvik on 09.12.2011

“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

“The good boy at Dovre”. Article – Dec.6th 2011

Review of concert in Dovre Church, Dec. 4th,  published in the paper-edition of  Gudbrandsdølen Dagningen (www.gd.no) Dec. 6th 2011.

Text and photos by Vidar Heitkøtter.

Found by Kjell Arild Tiltnes. Translation by Venche Mellemstrand.

Alexander Rybak got excactly, the good atmosphere, “Winter pictures” could provide.



He was the big “draw” and could have dominated the church- concert on sunday evening completely. But modest in his own way,  he held back and gave much room to Anne Vada, Dennis Storhøi and the co-musicians Øystein Lund Olafsen and Kjell Harald Litangen.

Close contact

Still,  it was Alexander Rybak that got the close contact with the 250 attendants. He liked very much, that so many young people were there.

Continue reading “The good boy at Dovre”. Article — Dec.6th 2011

Article about Christmas concert with Alexander Rybak in the Norwegian newspaper “TrønderAvisa” 06.12.11


Journalist: Ane Bjerkan

Found and translated by Tessa Lande

Anne’s Winter pictures.

Anne Vada, Alexander Rybak and Dennis Storhøi has decided to give the audience some of their winter pictures and festive mood with the concert tour “Vinterbilder”. This evening the trio visit Steinkjer Church.

And it is Steinkjer’s own Anne Vada who is the initiator of the Christmas concert tour. She has planned the tour since January, and this summer she contacted Rybak and Storhøi.
– It’s good to have long time with the projects. Sometimes it’s about developing something, to sleep on it and have the time, Alexander Rybak smiling.
He says it’s good to be in Vadas Christmas project, and that he looks forward to travel around and see Norway’s towns and cities again.
– Last year I was out on the road with my own Christmas concert and big band. I was both musical director, financial responisble, and actually was in charge of all the tasks. This year, I can relax a little more, Rybak says.


Christmas concert will consist of both traditional and new Christmas songs. The musical pieces are bound together in a serious and light tone, through stories about Christmas and midwinter.

– For me, Christmas is not only a time of joy and good mood. There is also a time of the year where one thinks a lot of those we have lost and are missing. When we called the concert “Vinterbilder”, I feel we got more space for the repertoire and the mood we wanted to express, explain Vada.

Dennis Storhøi says that he hopes that they will be in close contact with the audience during concerts.
– It’s amazing when the stage and audience merge. If the public only knew how much they mean to us who are on stage. The church area also provides a different concentration than the other rooms, and contact with the audience get even closer, he says.

Strong relationship with Steinkjer church.

Anne Vada said she is looking forward particularly to the concert in Steinkjer Church. “The first time I held a Christmas concert there, I was 10 years. Since then I have sung there in Christmas several times,” Vada says.

She explains eagerly to Rybak and Storhøi about the churchroom, and Weidemann’s stained glass windows.

– For my part, this is the third time I visit Steinkjer. The last time was at the Viking Festival, Rybak says.

Christmas music and Christmas spirit.

The artists have a strong relationship with Christmas music, and to both Alexander and Anne “My Heart Stood Still” is the favorite Christmas song.
Before Christmas I like to listen to Helene Bøksle and Him Gospel Choir. “I also thinks the new CD from the Salvation Army, is nice,” Vada says.

After the tour Anne sets the course for the Christmas celebration at Venabygdsfjellet. Alexander is also looking forward to some quiet days with his family. “At Christmas, the whole family play togehter, has a lot of visits and I walk the dog,” Rybak says and smile..

Interview to the Norwegian newspaper “Vikedbladet” 12.11.2011

Paper edition retrieved by Tessa Lande, translated by Laila Solum Hansen

Rybak is coming back to Ulsteinvik with a new artist trio.

The advent time this year could be extra nice for the ones who love going to concerts. Alexander Rybak, Anne Vada and Dennis Storhøi with musicians will come this last month in the year to Ulstein Churh, to make Christmas mood. The concert is a part of the Christmas Tour ‘Winter Pictures’

Journalist: Mone Celin K, Skrede

The 9th of December you can participate in a special musical experience in Ulstein Churh. This December day it will be a Christmas concert with three rather well-known names. Alexander Rybak, Anne Vada and Dennis Storhøi with musicians will supply Ulsteinvik and surrounding areas with beautiful Christmas melodies and lyrics with a lot of nice Christmas mood.

The concert is a part of a Christmas tour that will start on the 2nd December in Lommedalen church in Bærum. The tour has the last concert at 22nd December in Ringsaker church and contains in all fourteen concerts. Ulsteinvik is number seven on the list.

Through a cozy and cheerful conversation with all three artists, Vikebladet Vestposten has got to know a little both about the concert itself, the tour and the artists relations with Ulsteinvik.

Continue reading Interview to the Norwegian newspaper “Vikedbladet” 12.11.2011

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