November 5: The Edvard Grieg Pre-College Piano Competition took place at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. There were seven finalists in the junior division and three finalists in the senior division. Competitors performed three works of Grieg. The winner of the junior division was Connie Huang, age 10, of Orlando, (above photo) and the winner of the senior division was Amy Lao, age 15, from Jacksonville (photo below). Each of the winners receive $1,000 and perform on the Sarasota Music Archive series at the Selby Public Library in Sarasota on January 4, 2017.
June 16: Marla Fogderud, faculty member from Northern State University, presented a lecture and sang musical examples illustrating the life and compositional style of Edvard Grieg at the Sons of Norway (Viking Lodge 1-463) in Watertown, SD.
Inauguration of the new Grieg Society in Ukraine (May 2016)
(shared from IGS web site)
"The inauguration of the new Ukrainian Edvard Grieg Society took place on May 4th and 5th 2016 in Zhytomyr. The opening concert was held in the beautifully refurbished Philharmonic hall, with introductory speeches from the Vice-principal of the Kosenko Music College, Anna Brodska; the Norwegian ambassador, Jon Elveland Fredriksen; and Beryl Foster, Vice-President of the International Grieg Society. Professsor Helmut Loos, leader of the Grieg Begegnungsstätte in Leipzig was also present, and greetings from Sylvia Eckes, President of the IGS, and other Grieg Societies were read out.
The concert opened with the Overture to Mykola Lysenko’s operaTaras Bulba, played by the college’s Folk Orchestra (from the class of Oleksandr Klymenko), conducted by Yevgen Shestakov. They then accompanied the first movement of Grieg’s Piano Concerto, in which the excellent soloist was Mykola Sych, a first-year student at the college.
After the interval, the college’s Symphony Orchestra and Choir, conducted by Oleksandr Chemerys, performed the scenes from Grieg’s unfinished opera, Olav Trygvason. The soloists Yevgeniya Gintovt (mezzo), Tetiana Golovina (contralto) and Oleg Synytsia (bass-baritone) gave spirited performances, in particular Ms Golovina in the difficult part of the Sibyl.
The following day an International Research Conference was held in the concert hall of the Kosenko Music College, one of the oldest musical institutions in Ukraine. Papers were given by professors and postgraduate students from Germany, Great Britain and Poland, as well as from Ukraine. Topics ranged from overviews of Edvard Grieg and Leipzig, the place of Grieg’s vocal music and Olav Trygvason, to discussions of the music of Ukrainian composers and national styles.
The whole event was the idea of Liubov Syniak, a teacher at the Kosenko Music College and now President of the Ukrainian Grieg Society, supported by the Principal and staff, whose enthusiasm and hard work was rewarded by the success of the occasion. In the words of the Norwegian ambassador, “this is not just for Grieg, but also for Ukraine”. We wish the new society all success and look forward to further collaboration."
The official formation of the Edvard Grieg Society of the Great Lakes
May 19-20, 2017: The Edvard Grieg Society of the Great Lakes was approved as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. The inagural season’s highlight was a Grieg Conference/Competition at Goshen College, May 19-20, 2017: with an emphasis on connections between Grieg and Mozart. The conference was, cleverly, entitled: “Salzbergen." A preview of the event took place on May 16, with Norwegian bass-baritone Njål Sparbo, Luke Norell, and Mary Rose Norell.
Board members of the Edvard Grieg Society of the Great Lakes: Left to Right, President: Dr. Gregory Martin (U of Indianapolis); Secretary: Dr. Mary Rose Norell (Goshen), Vice-President: Dr. Luke Norell (Goshen),and Board Member, Dr. Mimmi Fulmer, (U of Wisconsin-Madison).
February 20: Northern Lights: Composers of Scandinavia, the Baltic, and Upper Midwest took place at Holy Communion Lutheran Church, Racine, Wisconsin. Northern Lights features works by Grieg, Sibelius, Pärt, Gjeilo, Barnett and others. Artists include Ami Bouterse, Benjamin James, Michael Mueller, Nick Barootian, Jennifer Cobb, Nancy Anne Davis, Karen Archbold and Scott Pullen, accompanied by pianist Fumi Nakayama, cellist Timothy Archbold and members of the Holy Communion Lutheran Church handbell choir.
February 18, 2016: Songs of the North took place at Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota. A concert of Grieg Songs and Piano Works featuring Marla Fogderud, soprano; Darci Bultema, soprano; Keith Teepen, pianist. This concert served as a kickstarter event to launch the new Grieg Society of the Dakotas.
February 18: Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA. Lagerqvist Hall. Anna Hersey, soprano and Matti Hirvonen, piano performed Grieg’s Haugtussa, along with works by Sinding and Sibelius.
February 16: Eastern New Mexico University, Buchanan Hall, Portales, NM. Anna Hersey, soprano; Luis Fernandez, violin; and Matti Hirvonen, piano performed Grieg’s Haugtussa, along with works by Sinding and Sibelius.
January 16: The Edvard Grieg Society of New York presented a Grieg concert at the Liederkrantz Club in New York with cellist and Juilliard faculty member, Darrett Adkins, performing the Grieg Cello Sonata with celebrated pianist, Ann Schein. They were joined by Earl Carlyss of The Juilliard Quartet, (ret.) on the Grieg Trio.