In Sweden the tradition of fika (pronounced “fee-ka”) is as common as breakfast; something almost everyone does at least once a day. It is the moment that you take a break, often with a cup of coffee, but alternatively with tea, and find a baked good to pair with it. At its core, fika means “to drink coffee” but it represents an entire culture and carries as much meaning for Swedish social engagements as it does for food customs. To truly fika requires a commitment to making time for a break in your day, to socialize and slow down. It’s the creation of a magical moment in the midst of the routine and the mundane.
We are excited to announce the first season of a new music series at Mount Olivet. The strong Swedish roots at Mount Olivet provided inspiration for the title, Fika. The mission of the Fika Music Series is to provide moments of fika through music, coffee, and baked goods. The concerts will feature Mount Olivet School of Music and the Arts teachers as well as other Mount Olivet music staff performing works from the classical and popular repertoire. All concerts will be 30-40 minutes in length starting at 12:15pm in the Sanctuary followed by coffee and social time afterwards in the Lounge, which will feature a Scandinavian dessert.
The theme for this concert is “All We Need is Love” Love is the most universal experience and emotion that everyone can relate to in some way. This powerful emotion will be showcased through varying vocal solos and duets.