The 2012 Longfellow Choral Festival, March 3, 4 & 5 2012:

Ole Bull, Longfellow & Elgar: Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf

TICKET PURCHASE: Purchase tickets and combo passes for all events from the drop-down lists below, or send a check by mail to The Longfellow Chorus, PO Box 5133, Portland, Maine, 04101. (NOTE -- Children under 12 are admitted FREE to all events):
Events (Regular Admission Prices)
Individual Events (Senior/Student Prices)
All-In-One Pass to all 7 events
Saturday Pass (All 3 Events)

Event I: 12:30 PM, Saturday, March 3, 2012

Ole Bull's Fairy Tale (Norwegian Television Corporation, 1982), a documentary film two hours in duration, with English subtitles.
Norwegian violinist Arve Tellefsen, who narrates and plays the central role in the film, will make a personal appearance at the theater.

Location: Patriot Cinemas Nickelodeon Theater One, 1 Temple Street, Portland, Maine. Call 207-232-8920 for more details.

Ole Bull's Fairy Tale, documentary w/ Arve Tellefsen

Event II: 4:00 PM, Saturday, March 3, 2012

Arve Tellefsen Performs Ole Bull and Edvard Grieg Concert Pieces with Elissa Alvarez, soprano, Rachele Schmiege, soprano, and The Longfellow Chorus and Orchestra.

Location: First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland, Maine. Call 207-232-8920 for more details.

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Arve Tellefsen Plays Ole Bull

Event III: 8:00 PM, Saturday, March 3, 2012

(7:15 pre-concert talk by Arthur S. Reynolds, Chairman, The Elgar Society, North American Branch)

Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf, a cantata by Edward Elgar, with Arve Tellefsen, violin, Brian Arreola, tenor, Deborah Selig, soprano, Bradford Gleim, baritone and The Longfellow Chorus and Orchestra, Charles Kaufmann, Artisitic Director.

Location: First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland, Maine. Call 207-232-8920 for more details.

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Scenes from The Saga of King Olaf

Event IV: 1:30 PM, Sunday, March 4, 2012

Winning Songs and Choruses from the 5th Annual Longfellow Chorus International Composers Competition, with special guest, Arve Tellefsen, violin

Location: First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland, Maine. Call 207-232-8920 for more details.

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Composers Competition Songs and Choruses

Event V: 3:00 PM, Sunday, March 4, 2012

(2:30 pre-concert talk by Arthur S. Reynolds, Chairman, The Elgar Society, North American Branch)

Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf, a cantata by Edward Elgar, with Arve Tellefsen, violin, Brian Arreola, tenor, Deborah Selig, soprano, Bradford Gleim, baritone and The Longfellow Chorus and Orchestra, Charles Kaufmann, Artistic Director.

Location: First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland, Maine. Call 207-232-8920 for more details.

View the program for Event V

Scenes from The Saga of King Olaf

Event VI 4:00 PM, Monday, March 5, 2012

Ole Bull: Conqueror of Heaven (Visions AS, 2006), a documentary film with English subtitles.
Henning Kraggerud, who portrays Ole Bull in the film, will make a personal appearance at the theater.

Location: Patriot Cinemas Nickelodeon Theater One, 1 Temple Street, Portland, Maine. Call 207-232-8920 for more details.

Ole Bull, Conqueror of Heaven, documentary w/ Henning Kraggerud

Event VII: 7:30 PM, Monday, March 5, 2012

Henning Kraggerud in recital: Music of Bull and Grieg

Location: First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland, Maine. Call 207-232-8920 for more details.

View the program for Event VII

Violin Sonata No. 2 (Grieg, Opus 13); La Mélancholie (Ole Bull); Norwegian Dances No. 1 & 2 (Halvorsen); Chant of the Young Maiden (Halvorsen); Romance (Svendsen) and others.
Henning Kraggerud in Recital

One of the most exciting young contemporary Scandinavian Classical music artists, violinist Henning Kraggerud (b. 1973) is the winner of Norway's Ole Bull Prize, Grieg Prize and Spellermann CD Award, and Finland's Sibelius Prize. He has performed as soloist with major orchestras around the world, among them the Oslo Philharmonic, the Danish National Symphony, the Zurich, Basel and Geneva Chamber Orchestras, and the Detroit and Cincinnati Symphonies, and other prestigious orchestras and music festivals. He has recently succeeded pianist Leif Ove Andsnes as Director of the Risør Festival of Chamber Music. Henning Kraggerud, who "is an artist of exquisite musicianship, and who combines an unusually sweet tone and beauty of expression with impressive virtuosity," comes to Portland on March 5, 2012, to perform a recital of the music of Ole Bull, Edvard Grieg and other Scandinavian composers as part of the 2012 Longfellow Choral Festival. [Image right: Henning Kraggerud]