The 1906 Band Tour to Norway
school year 1905-06 was an exceedingly busy one for the director
and members of the band. Mr. Christiansen very carefully selected
the numbers of the program to be played. He was well acquainted
with conditions and sentiments in Norway and knew how important
was the selection of an acceptable program. It was decided that
Miss Beatrice Gjertsen, daughter of a prominent attorney in Minneapolis,
should accompany the band as soprano soloist. She was a voice student
that year in Germany and joined the band upon its arrival in Norway.
The band's repertoire included the following numbers: Alexander's
Olympia Hippodrome March, Donizetti's Lucia, Elsa Entering
the Cathedral from Wagner's Lohengrin, The William Tell
Overture, Schumann's Traumerei, Macbeth's Love
in Idleness, Delibes' Intermezzo, Grieg's Landsighting,
Teilman's Kroningsmarsj, The Tancredi Overture, Sousa's
Stars and Stripes, and the two national anthems, Star
Spangled Banner and Ja vi elsker. Not all of these
numbers were played at any one concert. Numbers sung by Miss Gjertsen
were: Gounod's Jerusalem, Sullivan's The Lost Chord,
and songs by Schumann, Hawley, and Martens. Alexander's Olympia
Hippodrome was later sold in various music stores under the
Norwegian caption: St. Olaf Gutternes Parademarsj (The
St. Olaf Boys' March on Parade).
Forty-six boys were accepted as playing members of the band that
year. In addition, the touring party included the director, the
drum major, the president of the college (who went along as official
speaker), the manager and, in Norway, the soloist --- fifty-one
persons in all. (It may be mentioned as a matter of interest that
four of these students besides the director and drum major have
been long-time residents of Northfield: Herman Roe, George Mohn,
Wm. Benson, and J. Jorgen Thompson.) Six concerts were given en
route to New York. There was tremendous enthusiasm and applause
in Minneapolis when a beautiful silk flag was presented to the band
as a gift from one of the well-known business men of the city, General
S. E. Olson. "Take this flag with you, and as it unfurls its
colorful folds, bring to the friends across the water our warmest
and sincerest greetings," were expressive words that accompanied
the presentation. In St. Paul the concert was given during the meeting
of our synod and there too friends and relatives in large numbers
made the band's appearance a very festive occasion. The President
of the Synod spoke briefly but very earnestly, requesting the organization
to bring best wishes and greetings to the Church in Norway from
the Church and church people in America. Our esteemed president,
Dr. J. N. Kildahl, speaking for the group, carried out these wishes
on numerous occasions in Norway. The other cities in which stops
were made were Red Wing, La Crosse, Chicago, and Brooklyn.
On June 20, 1906, OSCAR II of the Scandinavian America Line left
Brooklyn with the band party on board. Great changes have taken
place since that time in boat construction and travel accommodations.
First and second cabin and steerage have been largely replaced by
"cabin" and "tourist" accommodations. The band
boys were assigned steerage berths, and of course ate their meals
in the steerage dining room. To put it mildly, this was not a very
pleasant way to travel and quite a number became seasick. Nevertheless,
it was happy and contented group. Rehearsals were held each day
in different parts of the boat and very soon the band members were
favorites with passengers on first and second cabin as well as with
those in their own part of the boat. The boys were given some privileges
denied to other steerage passengers and frequent hand-outs came
from cabin friends. The young folks on first cabin even arranged
a fine party one evening for them.
so the days passed, and the passengers began to scan the eastern
horizon for the first glimpse of land. It was indeed an exciting
moment when the low ridge did appear. The first boat stop was Kristiansand
in southwestern Norway, reached late in the evening of Sunday, July
1. After only a brief stay, the trip continued along the coast toward
Christiania (now Oslo), the capitol of Norway. As the stately boat
entered the beautiful Christiania Fjord on the following forenoon,
flags were raised on the masts and banners and streamers were displayed
in all parts of the boat. People had gathered in the villages along
the coast and as we passed along, they waved flags and cheered,
and of course our band returned the greeting by playing Ja vi elsker,
the Norwegian national anthem. As we came nearer the city, salutes
were fired by the small cannon on board our boat and answering cannon
booms came from Akershus Fortress in the city.
A tremendous crowd had gathered at the landing to bid the visitors
welcome, and in an open space in front of this vast assembly stood
the Student Chorus that had paid St. Olaf College a visit the year
before. Under the direction of their distinguished leader, Mr. O.
A. Grondahl, they sang The Star Spangled Banner and a
"Welcome Greeting," and our band responded with Ja
vi elsker. At the conclusion of this exchange of greetings,
the band marched off the boat and up the street to the Mission Hotel
which was to be their headquarters during their stay in the city.
No concert had been scheduled for the next few days
and this gave the players time to recover thoroughly from their
ten days on the water. Daily rehearsals were held, however, and
there were interesting experiences and appointments almost every
day. An invitation to a dinner banquet was received from the Student
Chorus for the evening of July 3. This took place at Holmenkollen,
a most wonderful resort high up the mountain just outside the city,
to which streetcar service was available. This banquet proved to
be one of the most interesting and thrilling events of the entire
Then there was a much publicized "baseball" game to be
played by two nines of band boys. Baseball had never been played
in Norway and people were anxious to have an opportunity to see
what the great American pastime really was like. A good sized crowd
turned out for the game. A ball and a bat were provided by some
of the Norwegian Singers who had been given them as souvenirs of
the previous year when they were in America, and a fencing mask
was borrowed from somewhere to serve as a catcher's mask. So far
as we were able to judge from remarks made after the game, most
people in the audience thought the game too dangerous, especially
catching high flies. Nor did they understand what it was all about.
There was also leisure time those first days for some sightseeing.
This reminds me of an incident that took place one afternoon. The
boys had been looking in vain for ice cream but had located no shops
where it was served. Then one day, one of the boys who had come
back to the hotel by streetcar, announced that he had found an ice
cream parlor only a short distance away. He had seen the sign over
the door. So quite a number went with him to get ice cream. Sure
enough! There was the sign over the door: "Isenkram."
When, however, the boys went in they found to their dismay that
this was a hardware store, the name for which in Norwegian is "Isenkram."
When strolling around in the city, the boys wore the square, tasseled
graduation cap. This identified them as American band boys and entitled
them to many privileges such as free rides on the streetcars and
free admissions to museums and other places of interest.
The first concert was scheduled to take place in an open air amusement
park in the heart of the city known as Tivoli. Announcement had
been made in the daily papers that the band would march from their
hotel up the famous Karl Johansgate --- the avenue at the head of
which stands the Royal Palace --- over to Tivoli. Already early
in the evening people began to gather along the avenue and around
the hotel. An hour before concert time the crowds were so great
that the doors of the hotel had to be locked. It was impossible
to find space outside of the hotel to "line up" the band
in marching order and I was obliged therefore to do this in the
hotel lobby. A squad of policemen were on hand to clear the street
when we were ready, but the task seemed almost hopeless. When I
signaled to them that we were ready they opened the door and began
pushing the people backwards. I shall never forget that march. The
band played Olympia Hippodrome, but with thousands of people
packed across the avenue from wall to wall, it was a slow procession.
The police just ahead of me pushed and scolded the people and the
look of consternation on many of the faces was quite terrifying.
The concert place was finally reached and a completely sold out
house greeted the players on this their first concert on foreign
soil. The audience, which numbered more than 6,000, was tremendously
enthusiastic and seemed to enjoy especially the spirited Sousa marches.
During the intermission a committee from the Student Chorus presented
the band and its director with a beautiful silk Norwegian flag and
President Kildahl accepted it on behalf of our group with a brief
address which left a profound impression on the vast assembly.
THE FIRST CONCERT OF THE TRIP
Norwegian Coronation March
in recognition of the coronation of
King Haakon VII and Queen Maud
Miss Beatrice Gjertsen
Mr. Odin Renning, accompanist
Sextet from "Lucia di Lammermoor"
Love in Idleness
Ja Vi Elsker
Because I Love You Dear
An Den Sonnenschein
Overture to "William Tell"
Star Spangled Banner
Several Sousa marches were played as encores.
The morning paper carried long reviews of the events
of the day, July 4, 1906, and praised in laudatory terms the band's
playing and the director's conducting. All of us felt that the concert
tour had had a very auspicious beginning.
Christiania the tour went northward towards Trondhjem with a number
of stops at interesting towns on the way. One of these was Eidsvold,
the home of Norway's Independence Hall. After a brief tour of the
building the band boys gathered outside the main entrance and played
a short program to the assembled throng. The main concert would
come later in the day in another location. The official in charge
of Independence Hall was to speak to the band at the dinner in the
evening and tell them something about the historical significance
of the building and its contents. A rather unfortunate incident
took place there while the band was playing the Norwegian national
anthem. Director Christiansen had arranged the score and between
the second and last stanza the sudden, thunderous rolling of the
drums was enough to startle anyone. It proved to be more than that
for this official, for at the conclusion of the anthem he was lying
flat on the floor in a quivering faint. After he had recovered,
he freely admitted that the playing of the national anthem by our
band was the most stirring music he had ever heard and altogether
too exciting for him. In spite of this experience, he gave a very
good talk at dinner that evening.
Here in Eidsvold, as in practically all the towns in Norway, the
band was royally entertained. I believe for most of us it was one
of our first experiences with smorgasbord, which now is a quite
common way of serving dinner in our own country too. At the banquet
at Holmenkollen, for instance, a bounteous smorgasbord was served;
and some of the boys partook of this too heartily, not knowing that
the main dinner of roast goose was to follow.
One day while our Swiss mountain-climbing locomotive was pulling
our train rather slowly up a steep grade, one of the boys decided
to jump off his coach, pick some flowers which he saw in the woods
along the track, and get on again on one of the rear coaches. He
got off all right and picked the flowers but was unable to get back
on the train. There he was alone in a mountainous region and in
the midst of a dense forest. Luckily our train conductor knew that
we would soon pass a working crew; so he quickly wrote a note with
instructions and threw it to the crew. About six hours after we
had come to the town where we were to give our concert that evening,
and after all festivities in connection with our arrival were over,
some of us went over to the depot to learn if any message had come
from the missing player. While we were there a handcar came up the
track, and sure enough on it was our friend helping the workmen
Besides Eidsvold, stops were made at Gjövik, Lillehammer,
and Hamar. Then a night journey in sleepers brought us to the historically
famous northern city of Trondhjem. We arrived quite early in the
morning, about 7:30 o'clock, and were surprised and disappointed
that no one was at the station to welcome us, not even members of
the local committee. We learned later that Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany
was also in Trondhjem at this time and that a grand banquet and
ball had taken place the night before in honor of the visiting German
sailors. People had been up most of the night and were not yet awake
when we arrived. Our manager, Mr. Randall, led the way to one of
the city's fine hotels where he thought the local committee had
made arrangements for breakfast. However, when the group with their
baggage came into the hotel lobby, the clerk in charge became very
indignant and insulting and refused all requests for simple accommodations,
saying: "Only respectable people stay in this hotel."
There was nothing else to do than to pick up our suitcases and look
for some other place for breakfast. This happily was done very satisfactorily.
A fine breakfast was served in a nearby restaurant and there an
announcement was made that a message had been received from the
King, who was temporarily living in Trondhjem, requesting the band
to come to the royal residence and play for the royal family. Uniforms
were then donned and by 11:30 a.m. the band was in readiness. We
marched down the wide avenue to Stiftsgaarden, the King's residence
while in Trondhjem, and into the yard in the rear of the building.
The King, the Queen, and the little Crown Prince Olav came out,
and the band played a short program for them. The King then came
over to the band and spoke to the boys, thanking them most cordially
for their visit and wishing them a successful and interesting trip
through the country. He then expressed a wish to hear the Star Spangled
Banner again and the band graciously complied. Perhaps I should
mention here that only two weeks before our arrival the coronation
of King Haakon had taken place in the cathedral in Trondhjem, which
explains the presence of the royal family in the city at this time.
That afternoon the boys visited the famous cathedral and were lucky
to catch a glimpse of Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany, who in company
with the King of Norway also was at the cathedral.
tour from Trondhjem on was to be by boat, the Andenaes, and we were
very happy to learn that afternoon that the boat was in readiness
for our occupancy. Before evening we brought our hand baggage to
the pier, got our berth assignments, and lived very comfortably
on board from that day on until we reached Christiania again seventeen
days later. Berths on the Andenaes were very good and the meals
A number of short trips had been arranged for the band to nearby
points of interest. One of these was Stildestad, where in 1030 King
Olaf fought a battle with the armies of the heathen kings to establish
Christianity as the accepted religion in Norway. The old St. Olaf
Church and the St. Olaf monument were visited and at each place
the band played a group of numbers for the country folks who had
gathered in large numbers. Both in what was seen and heard that
day, there were many reminders of the well-known battle cry of the
sainted King Olaf, "Fram, Fram, Kristmenn; Krossmenn"
--- "Forward, Forward Men of Christ, Men of the Cross"
--- which is also the motto of our college in Northfield.
While in Trondhjem our entire group took time to gather in the
cathedral cemetery around the grave of the founder of St. Olaf College,
the Reverend Bernt Julius Muus. After a long period of service in
America, this pioneer pastor returned to his native Norway, where
he passed away and was buried quite close to the cathedral. A wreath
was laid on the grave and President Kildahl spoke with intense feeling.
A daughter of Pastor Muus was present and briefly responded.
The concert in Trondhjem was given in the huge cathedral. The magnificent
decorations that had been put up for the coronation were still in
place. Although no applause was permitted, it was quite evident
the large audience was deeply stirred. At this program the well-known
Norwegian organist Lindemann played the organ accompaniment for
Miss Gjertsen's solos.
After the concert a reception was held in a beautiful park where
bountiful refreshments were served. The band party then found its
way to the boat and we bid farewell to Trondhjem.
It was nearly two o'clock at night when the Andenaes was ready
to leave. Although late, it was not at all dark, and as we came
into the outer harbor we could very easily see the large German
boats at anchor. Slowly we circled round the Kaiser's while our
band began to play Die Wacht Am Rhine. Immediately German
flags were raised to top masts and the sailors lined up on deck
in respectful attention. After this exciting diversion everyone
in our party was ready to call it a big day and retire for some
much needed sleep.
Most of the larger coast cities were visited during the next seventeen
days. At all stops great crowds were on hand to welcome the visitors
from America. There were festive occasions, dinners, and speeches
every day, as well as short sightseeing trips of various kinds.
On some days, however, the experiences and events were unusual
and exceptionally memorable. After the concert in Aalesund, for
instance, we were told that on the next day the Andenaes would go
into the famous Geiranger Fjord and that the entire day would be
a day of sightseeing and picture taking. And so it really was. The
scenery all the way into the fjord was wonderful. Pictures were
taken of Pulpit Rock, the Seven Sisters, and many other outstanding
natural formations. When we had come into the inner fjord near Merok
we saw another boat in the distance quite similar to ours and when
we came nearer we found it to be the Mira with the Royal Family
on Board. Salutes and greetings were sent from each boat to the
other. This meeting was an unexpected pleasure.
The stay in Bergen also was replete with exceptional appointments
and experiences. An invitation had been received from Prime Minister
Michelsen and his wife to visit them at their beautiful estate,
"Gammelhaugen," a short distance from Bergen. It was a
privilege indeed to meet the man who had so successfully and without
bloodshed arranged the separation of Norway from its union with
Sweden, and who had brought it about that now Norway would have
its own King and Royal Family.
The band on the march, an everyday occurrence, proved to be a great
attraction. The usual procedure was for the boys to be in readiness
at the boat about an hour before the concert. Then the march would
proceed up through the main streets of the city to the place where
the concert was to be given. The two beautiful silk flags that had
been presented to the band, the American in Minneapolis and the
Norwegian in Christiania, were carried by two of the boys. In most
instances one or more marches would be played while great crowds
of young and old people followed along. They cheered, waved flags,
gave us flowers, and in other ways expressed their appreciation
of the music, the uniforms, the various instruments, especially
the trombones and saxophones, and the ornate attire of the drum
major, including shako and baton. On one occasion in Christiania
people followed the band as it marched back to the hotel after the
concert. Soon a tremendous crowd gathered in front of the hotel
and shouted and clamored for the man with the big fur hat to come
out. I was finally obliged to step out on the roof of the porch
and stand there for awhile with baton and shako while the crowd
cheered and cheered.
The evening paper in Fredrikstad described the band's marching
as follows: "Precisely at 7 o'clock the student band, with
the American and Norwegian flag in the lead, began their march from
the ANDENAES to the concert hall. They played several resounding
marches on the way and were followed by a great crowd of people
who cheered lustily but who also puffed and gasped trying to keep
pace with the youthful marching musicians."
In another daily this notice appeared: "Do not forget to shower
the dapper young Americans with flowers. Nothing adds more to the
festiveness of an occasion than the display of flags and banners
and heaps of flowers."
Stavanger proved to be an interesting stop. For the noonday meal
the band was invited to the famous Bjelland's Cannery. There we
were shown fish of all kinds, from sardines to huge sea bass. As
the fishing boats came in with their catches of bristling or sardines,
women workers cleaned them, strung them on wires for drying in the
ovens, and packed them in cans which were then filled with olive
oil and hermetically sealed. It was interesting to watch these operations.
The meal was served in one of the huge attic rooms where a long
table had been loaded with food. Included in the menu were the different
kinds of food canned by this company; ryper, a bird like our American
prairie chicken, and fish of all kinds including fish jellies and
caviar. We were told we could help ourselves to any canned goods
on the shelves if we cared to take some back to America; and those
that had room in their traveling bags did help themselves.
The following interesting item appeared in the daily paper in Larvik
several days before our arrival: "This our coronation year
has attracted a group of Norwegian-American students to their ancestral
home in Norway. They come in the nature of a return visit to the
one our student singers paid them in America last year. They bring
us a welcome message in music, a message that will delight and entertain
us with most beautiful harmonies. Good music always lifts us up
out of the routine of daily striving. We are indeed pleased to learn
that this fine music organization will also pay us a visit in Larvik.
Of special interest to our entire community is the fact that the
band's distinguished director is a child of our city. We remember
him well as a boy. It was our own well-known musician, Oscar Hansen,
who discovered the talent in the boy and started his music career.
On every 17th of May, and also on other festive days, we saw the
little fellow march along with our city band. Later in life, like
so many other talented Norwegian boys, he felt the urge to cross
the high mountain in order to get more air under his wings. And
now he returns to his boyhood home town, a grown-up man, who has
brought glory and honor to the land of his birth."
The schedule for the day, July 21, was published well in advance
of our arrival.
1. The reception committee will meet at the landing pier for the
arrival of the visitors at 10 A.M. They are to go aboard and welcome
2. After the reception festivities have been concluded the entire
group will be given a ride through the city and park, out to Fritzehus,
and along our "Appian Way" to the Beach Woods where breakfast
will be served. After breakfast the group will return to their boat.
3. The open air concert will be given in the Beach Woods at 8:30
4. At 8 P.M a dinner will be served at the Larvik Bath. Townsmen
and others from nearby communities are invited to the dinner as
long as there is room.
5. During the coffee hour our local singing society will entertain
with some songs and at 11 P.M. they will conduct our guests back
to the boat.
The concert in the Beach Woods proved to be a tremendous success.
At its close one of the city's foremost citizens thanked the band
and its director for their visit and proposed that the assembly
give them a "tre gange tre" hurrah, three times three
hurrah, a special form of salute in Norway. To this the band boys
responded with their college "yell":
Eel Ah! Ah! Oh! Yah!
Yah! Yum! Yoh! Anikenek! Kenek! Kenek!
Wahoo Manitou! Rick, Rick, Rick!
Arrapah! Arapah! Alamahaw!
St. Olaf, St. Olaf, Hi! Hurrah!
Of course there followed thunderous applause by the audience who
probably had never heard anything quite like this before.
At the dinner following the concert the usual speeches were given,
one of them by Mr. Smesrud, a friend of the Christiansen family.
He spoke very feelingly on behalf of Director Christiansen and the
director's father who was present for the occasion. Mr. Smesrud
then presented Director Chistiansen a beautiful silver Viking ship
inscribed with the words: "Professor F. Melius Christiansen,
a remembrance from the women of Larvik, July 21, 1906." It
was quite late before the players were escorted back to their boat.
Everyone felt that the day had been one of the most enjoyable and
memorable of the tour.
Next morning the Andenaes made the trip from Larvik to Skien. Here
again a huge crowd had gathered at the pier to bid the visitors
welcome. An excursion had been arranged for the day up river to
a remarkable waterfall known as "Vrang Foss." (Angry Falls),
where a fine lunch was Served after which the band played a number
of pieces for the entertainment of folks that had gathered from
the Telemarken district. In the evening a concert was given in the
Skien Church. Following are excerpts from the review of this concert:
"The huge church was yesterday filled to over-flowing. Every
seat had been taken and people crowded all aisles. But then, that
was a concert no one will ever forget. Nothing like it has ever
been heard here in Skien. The entire audience was overawed from
the first number on."
"When we remember that these musicians are young students,
not professionals, it is hard to understand how it has been possible
for them to reach such perfection. It must be due to very exceptional
instruction by a very exceptional instructor, the young man from
Larvik, F. Melius Christiansen, who surely must be a director
by the Grace of God."
"The American students deserve highest praise and thanks
for their visit. They have given us a breath of that fresh air
in young, free America; and young, free Norway has greatly benefited
by the experience."
From Skien the American visitors were taken to Some of the cities
along the Norwegian-Swedish border. Stops were made at Fredrikstad,
Fredrikshald, and Sarpsborg. Very enjoyable excursions had been
arranged to nearby places of interest and a number of speakers explained
the historical importance of each place and the significance of
the various monuments. Drammen and Horton were also visited before
the band returned to Christiania and in each place huge crowds greeted
the players although the concert in Horton, Norway's Naval Base,
had been arranged on only two days' notice.
On July 29, in Christiania, the boys bade farewell to the Andenaes,
the beautiful coast boat on which they had had such a wonderful
seventeen-day tour along the coast of Norway, and it was a rather
Three more concerts were given in Christiania, one in the Mission
Auditorium --- to an audience of 3,500. Immediately after this concert
the boys were taken to the auditorium of the local Temperance Society
where a second concert was played and refreshments were served.
The next morning the last concert on foreign soil took place in
the gymnasium of the local military fortress.
It was with mixed emotions that the boys realized the tour had
come to an end. With deep regret they were now to leave Norway with
its friendly, hospitable people and its wealth of beautiful scenery,
mountains, lakes, and fjords. But it was also with a feeling of
genuine satisfaction that the tour had been so successful and of
joyous anticipation of "going home" to relatives and friends.
The liner HELLIG OLAV of the Scandinavian America Line left Christiania
at 6 p.m. on July 29 with the greater part of the band membership
aboard; a few remained to return on later sailings.
The following item appeared in that evening's daily: "They
have conquered our hearts. We want them to take with them as warm
and heartfelt a greeting as it is possible to give to the thousands
of homes on the western prairies as well as those in the large cities,
where hearts beat with warmth for Old Norway. Theirs has been a
triumphal tour." Yes, it was a wonderful tour, unique in many
respects. It was the first tour to Norway of any large Norwegian-American
student group and it created a profound impression throughout the
The band was a revelation to the people everywhere. Such instrumental
groups as were found in different cities over there were small with
very limited instrumentation. No wonder people came out by the thousands
to see our band on the march! No wonder so many came up to the boys
to examine the various instruments, especially the slide trombones,
saxophones and bassoon! Critics and musicians spoke in the highest
terms of the playing calling special attention to the fine interpretation
of classical music, to the strict attention of all the players to
the director's conducting, and to the ability of the boys to handle
their instruments so well and play difficult passages with comparative
The director of the band too came in for some special recognition.
He was a great favorite throughout Norway. The country was proud
of him for he was born there and now had brought great honor to
the land of his birth. He was recognized as a musician and composer
of highest rank. His directing was invariably described by the critics
as superb, and his composition, The Norwegian Rhapsody, was considered
a work of great merit. Although he was given high praise at almost
all concerts and functions, Director Christiansen always acknowledged
it with characteristic modesty.
It was exceedingly fortunate that President Kildahl was able to
accompany the band throughout the trip. He was an eloquent speaker
and always had something to say that was appropriate for the immediate
occasion. On Sundays he was frequently called upon to preach. I
enjoyed his company very much and we were together a great deal
on the tour.
One afternoon in Trondhjem we decided to take a walk out into the
country. After we had gone quite a distance we met a group of people,
young and elderly, going into the city. Of course we stopped and
talked with them and learned that they were on their way to hear
the St. Olaf Band from America. They told us where they had come
from and gave their names. And who should they be but distant relatives
of President Kildahl. It was a happy meeting and a very unexpected
pleasure for them all. (President Kildahl was born in the Trondhjem
On another occasion we went for a walk in the city of Stavanger.
We first visited a number of churches, one of them a small but beautiful
church, and then came to a hospital. President Kildahl introduced
himself and asked if we could visit some of the hospitalized folks.
This was allowed and we entered a number of rooms. The president
talked encouragingly with the bed ridden patients and before leaving
asked if they wished him to have a short devotion with them. They
seemed eager to have him do this and President Kildahl was greatly
pleased. When we had returned to our hotel he said he felt that
the morning's walk had been of benefit to him in more ways than
Of course the return to Northfield, to family and friends, was
a gala occasion!
ST. OLAF BAND ITINERARY IN NORWAY, 1906
The attendance figures are taken from the manager's report and
from newspaper reviews.
||Christiania (Oslo), First Tivoli Concert
||Christiania, second Tivoli Concert
||Lillehammer, Maihaugen, afternoon
||Trondhjem, Cathedral, First Concert
||Trondhjem, Second Concert, Open Air
||Molde, Noon Concert
||Bergen, Concert in Theatre
||Bergen, Nygaards Park, Open Air
||Stavanger, Cathedral, First Concert
||Stavanger, Theatre, Second Concert
||Larvik, Beach Woods Park, Open Air
||Drammen, Evening, Open Air
||Christiania, Kahneyer Auditorium
Besides the above attendance thousands of people heard the band
in places where free open air short concerts were given.