Bethany College will welcome renowned Swedish musician Anders Jalkéus to campus in March 6-29 as the 2016 Pearson Professor of Swedish Studies.
As a member of The Real Group, a professional a cappella ensemble from Sweden, Jalkéus has toured more than 40 countries and recorded more than 20 albums, a couple of which he also produced. He has composed songs and written arrangements of well-known standards for The Real Group and for the past 10 years has been a frequent adjudicator and clinician in competitions around the world.
Growing up in Tyresö (south of Stockholm) Jalkéus was introduced to folk music early in life as a result of his parents’ great interest in music. At age six he began violin and piano lessons and was accepted to the Adolf Fredrik’s School of Music as a 10-year-old. He continued at the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in Stockholm, where he and four classmates formed an a cappella quintet – The Real Group.
His broad musical interests embrace classical, jazz, folk, and children’s music. In addition to his work within the group, Jalkéus has achieved other impressive academic qualifications, including master’s degrees in classical solo singing and in music education, and bachelor degrees in organ playing and choir conducting.
While at Bethany, Jalkéus will perform during the Messiah Festival of the Arts on Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. He will also take part in a number of public lectures and appearances on the Bethany College campus, including:
- March 6: Welcome Reception, Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel, 8 p.m.
- March 10: Master Class, Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel, 2:30-4 p.m.
- March 16: Chapel Talk, Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel, 10:30 a.m.
- March 20: Dr. Pelz Tribute Performance, Presser Hall, 3 p.m. (Reserved tickets required)
- March 21: Vocal Jazz Clinic, Presser Hall, 10:15-11 a.m.
- March 25: St. Matthew’s Passion Performance, Presser Hall, 7:30 p.m. (Reserved tickets required)
- March 27: Messiah Performance, Presser Hall, 3 p.m. (Reserved tickets required)
The Pearson Distinguished Professorship in Swedish Studies discovers ways in which present-day Swedish culture and experience can illuminate and strengthen life in the United States. The professorship is made possible by an endowment from Gerald “Bud” Pearson, a long-time friend and supporter of Bethany College who served on the Bethany Board of Directors for two terms. He passed away in June 2008.