Saturday May 20 – Events at the Opera House
Syttende Mai is an annual folk festival in Stoughton with many activities to celebrate Norwegian Heritage. The Opera House is open for tours along with some very special music throughout the day on Saturday. http://www.stoughtonwi.com/syttendemai/
10:30am Fendrick & Peck (free event)
Stoughton’s own Madeline Fendrick & Brian Peck are the contemporary embodiment of what makes folk music so intriguing. Their original songs feature inventive song-smithing, heartfelt words, beautiful vocals and an infectious enthusiasm with a refreshing old-time sensibility. In celebration of Syttende Mai, you will hear songs like The Lutefisk Waltz and other Norwegian tales from this outstanding folk duo.
11:30am Grieg Male Chorus (free event)
The Edvard Grieg Chorus takes its name from the famous Norwegian composer, many of whose compositions are included in the chorus’ repertoire. Founded on Jan. 26, 1925, the chorus was originally known as the Grieg Mannskor (Grieg Men’s Chorus). While singing Norwegian songs has been the primary focus of the Chorus, sacred and secular songs are also included in its repertoire.
3:30pm Orphan Trains by Deborah Craig ($12, tickets at door)
From 1853 to 1929, The Orphan Trains Project joined adoptive parents with orphans in countless towns throughout the vast American landscape. Based on primary records from the Children's Aid Society of New York, Orphan Trains brings this compelling story of hardships and victories to life, resonating with the authentic voices of a diverse group of children. Adapted and performed by the Stoughton Center for the Performing Arts Drama Class and StageWorks Projects. Directed by Mary-Carel and Henry Verden.