Anders Ekborg: En stilla jul - November 26, 2009 (Sagateatern, Borås)

It seems I've always admired Anders Ekborg. He is a really talented actor and singer, and has done musicals like Kristina från Duvemåla, Chess, Jekyll & Hyde, Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar. But so far I had only seen him on TV, and heard him on CDs as well as the Chess dvd (of course). He is one of the greatest talents we have here in Sweden, and I was very happy that I finally got to see him live!

This was a really lovely Christmas concert, that put me right into the Christmas spirit. The concert was about two hours long, and we got to here several beautiful Christmas songs (both in Swedish and English), such as "Nu tändas tusen juleljus", "Little Drummer Boy", "Come All Ye Faithful", "O helga natt" (="O Holy Night") and "Jul, jul, strålande jul". I think my favourite was either "Little Drummer Boy" or "O helga natt", but I really enjoyed all the songs.

I also loved his version of "Ser du stjärnan i det blå" (="When You Wish Upon a Star"). I think most people in Sweden think of that as Christmas song, although it really isn't. :-) Anders also sang a song from the Swedish musical Kristina från Duvemåla called "Ut mot ett hav" - a really beutiful song!

We also got to hear a couple of songs from the CD he released in 2006 - "Två" och "Intill" (Swedish version of Sting's "Until", known from the movie Kate & Leopold). Very emotional and lovely songs. I was also very much impressed by his version of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - truely wonderful!

Anders also sang a memorable Swedish Christmas version of Tom Lehrer's "The Irish Ballad" - he had performed in a church in Gothenburg the previous evening and didn't feel this song was suitable there - but we got the treat of hearing it. :-)

I think this Christmas concert was really wonderful! I enjoyed every single minute of it! I liked the nice relaxed style of the concert, and how it was just Anders, a piano player and a guitar player on the stage. It was also a nice mix of Christmas songs and "regular" songs, and all songs seemed to have a real meaning.

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