Scandinavian songs to take center stage at St. Stephen’s concert

MIDDLEBURY — St. Stephen’s on the Green in Middlebury continues its “Last Thursday of the Month” concert series with a program of Scandinavian winter songs on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 12:15 p.m.
These noonday concerts are free, “brown bagging” is encouraged and light refreshments will be provided. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church is located at 3 Main St. in Middlebury. The performing artist will be Erik Johansson of Brattleboro. Johansson has a repertoire of folk songs in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Finnish and accompanies himself on a folk harp that he built. He has also composed a number of original songs in English and in Swedish. 
A man of many talents, Johansson’s “day job” is organ technician in the employ Steven Russell Organ Co. of Chester. He maintains pipe organs around the state, including St. Stephen’s historic instrument.
He sings with a Swedish chorus in Londonderry and also works with Rustan Swenson of Shoreham on promotion of Scandinavian music in Vermont.

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