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Norwegian choir to perform Wednesday

Sons of Norway is sponsoring the Sande Blandekor Choir from Sande, Sognefjord, Norway. The 28-member choir is touring the United States and presenting a concert on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. in the Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes. Everyone is welcome, and admission is a free-will offering.

The choir has been singing for over 30 years with both young and old members. The conductor is Idat Senneseth and has been their leader every year except the first year.

This rural choir sings at a variety of functions in Norway: Christmas concerts, funerals, church events, bazaars, fairs and May 17th Syttende Mai celebrations.

Their repertoire consists of hymns, Norwegian songs, folk songs, classical songs, modern ballads, Negro spirituals, songs from musicals.

Sande is a town of 2,738 people, and the administrative center of the municipality called Gaular in the county of Sogn og Fjordane in Western Norway. The name Gaular derived from the river named Gaula running from the glacier in the mountains and reaching the fjord at Osen. The river is famous for many lakes and waterfalls and also a good salmon river.

The scenery here offers an excellent view over the area including the fjord and the ocean. There is cross-country skiing, skating on the frozen lakes, walking, hiking up the 1,207 meter mountain, fishing the lakes, river or fjord or deer hunting. Farming has been important in this area but now declining. A lot of people from this district immigrated to the USA and the choir looks forward to visiting areas where many of these Norwegians settled.