In their first trip to the U.S., Oktetten Ehnstedts Eftr (Ehnstedt’s Octet) is making a stop in Scandia next weekend.
The group takes its name from its original bandmaster, Magnus Herman Ehnstedt (1833-1905), and their music selections come directly from his hand-written arrangements.
Magnus Ehnstedt’s “military octet” style of band music was prevalent at Swedish spas and seaside resorts from the 1870s through the 1920s. It is sometimes described as a reduced Swedish wind band.
The instruments used are flutes and clarinets and period Swedish brass instruments: cornet, alto horn, valve trombones, tuba.
Ehnstedt’s Octet tours Scandinavia, performing in local festivities. They are traveling from Sweden to perform at Northfield’s Vintage Band Festival Aug. 1-4.
Northfield will host 100 brass and wind band concerts, presenting a history of band music dating back to the Baroque period.
The Gammelgården event is one of the satellite concerts they will give while in the region. The free concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3.
Guests are invited to pack a picnic supper and bring lawn chairs.
Oktetten Ehnstedts Eftr will also be participating during the Elim Lutheran Church worship service at 9:30 on Aug. 4.