Music highlights: from medieval Christmas to psychobilly
Christmas concerts dominate Oslo’s concert calendar this week, with several performances that are sure to get you into the holiday spirit. Classical Christmas highlights include St. Hallvard Boys’ Choir’s traditional concert in the medieval Old Aker Church on Thursday and renowned violinist Arve Tellefsen's Christmas concerts in Frogner Church on Friday and Saturday.
Pianist Bugge Wesseltoft perfroms his popular jazz meditations over well-known Christmas songs on Friday, while Hovedøen Social Club gives you Christmas with a Cuban twist on Saturday.
For Christmas-free music alternatives, try Tuesday's concert with the psychobilly veterans in Tiger Army, hip hop/soul mixer Rag'n'Bone Man's performance on Friday, or top-notch jazz with pianist Eyolf Dale and his new octet on Saturday.
Christmas at the Folk Museum
Come the weekend, the Norwegian Folk Museum opens the gates for its annual Christmas fair, a much cherished pre-Christmas rite for Oslovians and visitors alike.
The fair includes a market with over 100 old-fashioned stalls that offer homemade crafts, ornaments, traditional foods and other treats. Decorated houses in the open air museum show you how Norwegians have celebrated Christmas through the centuries.
New exhibitions: French counterfeits and indigenous portraits
The National Gallery presents a brand new exhibition that documents the museum’s intriguing quest to investigate whether or not its Courbet painting The Fisherman is a counterfeit. Visit Under the microscope. Gustav Courbet to see what they found out.
WILLAS contemporary recently opened a exhibition with works from Jimmy Nelson’s photo series Before They Pass Away: breathtaking portraits of indigenous tribes from multiple continents that capture their relationships to their surroundings, rituals and traditions.