Lawrence University’s Björklunden will host a Joint Concert on Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 1:30pm. Friends and Members of the Sinfonia/SAI House are spending a final weekend at Bjorklunden with their graduating seniors, many with recitals coming up this Spring Term. Members of “Loftfonia” will be sharing the music of César Franck. On the program will be Sonata for Violin in A Major by César Franck performed by Laura Duggan (violin), Julia Johnson (cello), and Craig Jordan (piano).
Also performing is Sprig of That, a folk-fusion trio that combines vibrant Americana, Western classical chops, and world rhythms and textures to form a surprisingly natural acoustic blend. Formed in the Minneapolis, MN in early 2018, they have been building an audience in the region by performing at staple Twin Cities venues like the Cedar Cultural Center, Ice House, The Warming House, and Black Dog cafe, where they curated a monthly collaborative residency. Sprig of That’s first album, released in February of 2019 at The Hook and Ladder Theater, presents fresh arrangements of folk favorites along with original music by each of the band members. The covers (“I’ve Endured” by Ola Belle Reed and traditional Old-Time standard “Cluck Old Hen”) showcase the convergence of the traditional and contemporary, while the original works represent the wide and varied experiences, personalities, and styles of each of the band members. Sprig of That has been featured on The Current’s “Friday Five,” a list of Twin Cities music videos of the week, and on Jazz 88’s “String Theory” program with Kevin Barnes. Sprig of That is made up of Isabel Dammann (’17) on violin/voice, Ilan Blanck (’17) on guitar, and Krissy Bergmark on tabla. You can find them at www.sprigofthat.com, and their music is on Spotify, iTunes, and everywhere else you listen to music.
Fiddlers of LU is a student organization that strives to educate members and the community about different genres of folk music and provide a fun outlet where students can explore nontraditional styles. In addition to playing for on-campus venues such as the Viking Room, Fiddlers of LU frequently busks at the Appleton Farmers Market. Fiddlers of LU also bring world-class artists such as Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas and the Nordic Fiddlers Bloc to Lawrence University for events that are free and open to the public. Check out the club website for more information: www.fiddlersoflu.weebly.com.
This concert will be held in the serene surroundings of Björklunden’s Vail Hall. Entrance to the Björklunden lodge is located on Highway 57, south of Baileys Harbor, across from Anschutz Plumbing.