Two-Time Grammy Award-Winning Danish Violinist, MADS TOLLING, to Entertain “Solvang Danish Days” Crowds at Exclusive September 19 Fundraising Concert



June 30, 2015 – Solvang, CA – On Saturday, September 19, 2015, at the pinnacle of this year’s annual Solvang celebration, Danish Days, is an exclusive charity concert starring Danish-born, two-time Grammy Award-winning violinist, Mads Tolling. The unique event, which begins at 7:30 PM, will be hosted at the Solvang Festival Theater, located in the heart of the Danish destination on California’s Central Coast.

MADS TOLLING & The Mads Men will grace the theater’s outdoor stage in a concert celebrating the instrumental hits from the 1960s “MAD MEN” era. Headed by Tolling on violin, this world-class quartet of musicians also features Colin Hogan at piano, Sam Bevan on bass, and Eric Garland on drums. The program includes popular TV and movie themes and Top 10 hit recordings from the 60s, ranging from “Meet The Flintstones”, “The Pink Panther” and “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”, to “A Time For Us” (from “Romeo & Juliet”) and “Georgia On My Mind”.

The special Solvang performance will serve as a fundraiser for the Atterdag Village of Solvang Auxiliary, with a portion of the proceeds from the September 19 concert going towards the new Atterdag Care Center Rehabilitation Wing, in the skilled nursing facility of Atterdag Village. As the Santa Ynez Valley’s only skilled nursing facility, Atterdag Village provides rehabilitation close to home, family, and friends, an invaluable comfort for all involved while a loved one recovers from an illness or injury.

“I am thrilled that the Atterdag Village of Solvang Auxiliary was able to secure this high-quality talent to play the Solvang Festival Theater stage for our 2015 fundraiser. Tolling’s Danish roots make the concert that much more intriguing, and it’s entirely appropriate that he will perform during Danish Days. He is very excited about playing in Solvang, and we are proud to be hosting his visit,” said Vickie Baehner, Atterdag Village of Solvang Auxiliary Board President.

Tolling recently and triumphantly debuted his Violin Concerto composition with The Oakland East Bay Symphony; the composition was entitled “Begejstring”, as a nod to his Danish beginnings in Copenhagen. Proclaimed as “…a cross-genre genius”, Tolling won two Grammy Awards for Best Classical Crossover albums, was nominated for a third Grammy this year, and is a featured Yamaha Artist. He has appeared at many of the world’s most prestigious Jazz Festivals and performance venues, and continues to tour nationally and internationally, having performed over 1,000 concerts around the globe. Tolling has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, and his recordings have received rave reviews in Downbeat Magazine, Strings Magazine, Washington Post, and San Francisco Chronicle. He is a former member of both Turtle Island Quartet and Stanley Clarke’s band.

Tolling received Denmark’s Sankt Annae’s Award for Musical Excellence, and has performed for Danish Royalty, Prince Frederick and Princess Mary, at the celebration for The Danish Embassy’s 50-year anniversary.

The Atterdag Village of Solvang has been providing premier care for seniors and their families since 1963, and has continued to grow over the years to further meet the needs of the multi-level retirement community which now offers an array of amenities, activities, and services for all of the Village residents: from independent and assisted living to skilled nursing and memory care, Atterdag Village’s welcoming family atmosphere ensures that everyone feels cared for and right at home.

Atterdag Village is currently undergoing an expansion, with construction underway for a new state-of-the-art Assisted Living complex and nine new cottages, as well a new Community Center which will house a fitness and aquatics center, and a new activity center. The community’s existing assisted living building will be converted to a Memory Care Unit, offering more options to individuals needing specialized care. Rounding out the expansion project is the new skilled nursing rehabilitation wing, which will benefit from the MADS MEN fundraising concert.

Chris Parker, Director of Atterdag Village, added, “The Atterdag Village of Solvang Retirement Community is so delighted to be bringing Mads Tolling to entertain Danish Days crowds, at this truly exclusive fundraising concert. This special performance will benefit seniors throughout the Santa Ynez Valley, for years to come, by raising funds to build Atterdag Village’s new skilled nursing rehabilitation wing. Offering rehabilitation close to home is so important to seniors and their families. Please join us for this spectacular event.”

The September 19 MADS MEN concert tickets start at $45.00 per person, with a special “VIP” ticket package ($100.00 per person) which includes: a pre-concert wine, beer and appetizers reception from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM, in the private patron area; premium seating; intermission dessert and beverages; and a post-concert meet and greet session with Mads Tolling and the musicians. The evening also includes a live auction prior to the concert, featuring such travel getaways as Costa Rica and Cabo San Lucas.

Tickets for the September 19 concert may be purchased on-line in advance, at Day-of-event tickets may be purchased at the Solvang Festival Theater (420 2nd Street, Solvang, CA 93463) from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, and at the door beginning at 6:00 PM. Gates open at 6:30 PM; refreshments will be available for purchase on-site.

More information about Mads Tolling and the Mads Tolling Quartet is available at, and on Facebook at Please visit for further information about Atterdag Village of Solvang.

The Atterdag Village of Solvang Auxiliary

Back row, left to right: Susan Williams, Treasurer; Debbi Knight, Vice President; Sharon Price, Vice President of Events. Front row: Marlene Klamt, Secretary; Vickie Baehner, President; Linda Johansen, President Emeritus.

Back row, left to right: Susan Williams, Treasurer; Debbi Knight, Vice President; Sharon Price, Vice President of Events. Front row: Marlene Klamt, Secretary; Vickie Baehner, President; Linda Johansen, President Emeritus.

The Atterdag Village of Solvang Auxiliary, which was formed over three years ago, has raised over $100,000 to support the Atterdag Village Residents. Thanks to the Auxiliary, the Residents have an outdoor social area called the “Village Green” complete with a shuffle board, putting green, fountain, and a lush landscape. It is a wonderful place for residents to have parties with family and friends or just sit under the umbrellas and enjoy the fresh air. The Auxiliary also matched donation funds with the Christian Science Society to purchase a new van that has easy access for Residents and is used for shopping excursions and fun outings. Other items contributed by the Auxiliary include medical equipment, dining and living room furniture, a TV, and a new sound system for the dining room helping those with hearing impairment hear announcements and entertainment.

Linda Johansen, who served as the president of the board for its first three years, recently stepped down to allow others the opportunity to serve. Johansen stated “The Atterdag Village has been a huge part of my life. Many family members and friends have resided there over the years which lead to my desire to help support this wonderful valley resource. Helping the Auxiliary grow into the success it has become is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I truly love all the residents and the very capable, dedicated staff that take such good care of the residents”. Johansen will continue to support the Atterdag Village of Solvang and serve on the Auxiliary board as President Emeritus.

A Changing of the guard at Atterdag Village of Solvang

The Atterdag Village welcomes Carol Anders as the new president of the board. Anders will take over the reins from Chris Nielsen. Nielsen was board president for three years and served a total of six years completing his term limit.

Changing of Guard

Anders has a long history with the Atterdag Village beginning in 1988 when she was the Director of Nursing for its skilled nursing facility. Anders resigned her position when she was elected as Mayor of Solvang. “It was a struggle to work full time at Atterdag and fulfill my duties as Mayor” Anders said. Anders was called upon to co-chair fundraising for the renovation of the Atterdag Care Center with Don Sorensen. With the support of the community they raised a whopping 5.5 million for the project.

When asked what keeps drawing you back? Anders commented “We are blessed to have this treasure in our small community; it’s supported by the community, managed by the community, and serves our community, and I am proud to do my part. There have been many changes since I started working for the Atterdag Village over 25 years ago, but the main goal has always stayed the same, supporting our senior’s and their families. My goal as president of the board is to work with Executive Director, Chris Parker, and the rest of the board to complete the master plan, building the new assisted living building, adapting the current assisted living into a memory care unit, the addition of cottages, additional amenities for the residents, and renovating some of the original buildings. It’s an exciting time to be on the board as we move forward with keeping our community treasure a wonderful place to live for many years to come!”