20th Anniversary Concert & Party - The Swedish Men’s Choir Vasa Drängar, Atlanta

Sunday, May 22nd 2016 at 5 pm
Winters Chapel United Methodist Church
5105 Winters Chapel Rd
Atlanta, GA 30360

Put May 22nd, 2016, on your calendar!

Tickets can be purchased in advance, either from any of the Vasa Drängar singers, or by sending a check with your name and address to Goran Rygert, 4390 Ivywood Dr. NE, Marietta, GA 30062. Ticket prices are: Adults $15.00, seniors and students $10.00, children 5-12 $5:00.


In August 1996 seven guys from Atlanta came together to practice singing for Atlanta’s at Nordic Lodge’s crawfish party on September 14th. They were: Bruce Larson, Sam Linden, Gunnar Carteng, Sten Ekberg, Dale Nordin, Dennis Carlson and Göran Rygert. We performed for 30 minutes, as “The Vikings”. It sounded pretty good and we got an appetite for more. We changed our name to “Vasa Drängar” and started to rehearse on a “Vasa Drängar” was inspired by the famous Swedish men’s choir Orphei Drängar of Uppsala. Today three original members are still singing with Vasa Drängar: Sten Ekberg, Dale Nordin and Göran Rygert – out of 10-12 active members, currently.

We decided to celebrate with a concert. The date is Sunday May 22nd 2016, at 5 pm at Winters Chapel United Methodist Church, 5105 Winters Chapel Rd, Atlanta, GA 30360.

Vasa Drängar will sing a cappella and with an ensemble from the Atlanta Balalaika Society. Accompanist on the piano will be Gabe Granitz. A special guest artist is coming from the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, Sweden – tenor Niklas Björling Rygert, who since 1999 is part of the permanent soloist’s ensemble at this great opera house.

Niklas has performed a great number of opera parts which gave him international attention and took him to Valencia, Spain, where he sang under renowned conductor Zubin Mehta’s baton. Since then he has been regularly working with Mehta. He also has appeared as a special guest at many opera houses, such as in Madrid, Frankfurt, Dresden, Amsterdam and Florence. At the Atlanta concert in May Niklas will perform with Vasa Drängar and the Atlanta Balalaika Ensemble.

The ensemble will be featuring Angelina Galashenkova, one of the best in the world on the domra. For many years she performed as a soloist with the famous Andreyev State Russian Orchestra in St. Petersburg, Russia. She now resides in Atlanta and is a member and concert master of our balalaika orchestra. The ensemble will be led by the orchestra’s conductor David C. Cooper, who also will be a soloist on the balalaika. The ensemble will also feature its bayan soloist Alla Melnik.

Put the date, May 22nd, 2016, on your calendar! It will be a great concert!

Vasa Drängar, Atlanta, GA