The Edvard Grieg Society of the Dakotas (August 1, 2017) was officially formed and has received non-profit 501 c3 status on August 28. Board members include Marla Fogderud, President; Jean Hellener, Vice President; Jane Linde Capistran, Treasurer, Darci Bultema, and Stuart Davidson. The new web site is under construction and will be available soon. Please view:
Ohio University School of Music, Athens, Ohio, (Feburary 24, 2017)
Pianists Mary Rose Norell, Luke Norell, and Gregory Martin from the Grieg
Society of the Great Lakes, perform familiar and unfamiliar piano works of
Edvard Grieg in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Earlier in the day they heard students
perform Grieg piano works in a master class.
Pacific Lutheran University Lagerquist Concert Hall, February 21, 2017, 8 p.m. Northwest favorite and new Artistic Director of the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series in Seattle, soprano Laura Loge will be joined by Canadian/Danish pianist Sandra Mogensen, celebrated for her performances and recordings of Edvard Grieg's lyric pieces for piano as well as collaborations with singers from the Nordic countries. Together they will bring to life Edvard Grieg's duplicitous Vinje songs, opus 33, highlighting the poetry O. E. Vinje written in nynorsk steeped with elements of the Telemark dialect and Norwegian folkeviser, opus 66, for piano. This concert is sponsored by the Dillon Concert Association. Tickets available at the door. General $8; Alumni $5, Students free.
Marla Fogderud with board members Darci Bultema and Jean Hellener
New Anthology of Nordic Songs, Vol. 1 (2015) Vols. 2 and 3 (2017)
Soprano Mimmi Fuller, Professor of Voice and Associate Director of Opera at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, has edited a new three-volume collection of Scandinavian songs available from Subito Music Corporation.The collection includes classical, folk and sacred songs with translations, phonetics, and recordings of the spoken texts. In addition to printed songs, translations, and phonetic guide, the score also includes a CD-ROM with pronunciation directions for each language and sound recordings of a native speaker reciting each text. "Midnight Sun, Vol. 1" features 19 songs, including classic songs by Edvard Grieg and Jean Sibelius.
Holy Communion Lutheran Church, 2000 West Sixth Street
Saturday, February 20, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Northern Lights: Composers of Scandinavia, the Baltic, and Upper Midwest
Northern Lights (February 2016) 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.
Northern State University (February 2016) Aberdeen, South Dakota
February 18, 2016.
Voice Concert of Grieg Songs and Piano Works featuring
Marla Fogderud, soprano
Darci Bultema, soprano
Keith Teepen, pianist
This concert serves as a kickstarter event to launch the new Grieg Society of the Dakotas
Eastern New Mexico University, Buchanan Hall (Portales, NM)
February 16, 2016, 7:00 pm.
Anna Hersey, soprano; Luis Fernandez, violin;
Matti Hirvonen, piano. Grieg's Haugtussa, along with works by Sinding and Sibelius
Pacific Lutheran University (February 2016) Lagerqvist Hall (Tacoma, WA)
February 18, 2016, 8:00 pm.
Anna Hersey, soprano; Matti Hirvonen, piano
Grieg's Haugtussa, along with works by Sinding and Sibelius
The Edvard Grieg Society of New York (January 16, 2016) Liederkrantz Concert Hall, 6 East 87th Street in New York. Darrett Atkins, cello, and Ann Schein, piano. Included on the program is the Grieg Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 36.
The Edvard Grieg Pre-College Piano Competition, Saturday, November 5, 2016, 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 (left photo above) was Connie Huang, age 10, of Orlando, and the winner of the senior division (right photo) was Amy Lao, age 15, from Jacksonville. Each of the winners received $1,000 and performed on the Sarasota Music Archive series at the Selby Public Library in Sarasota on January 4, 2017.
Grieg's "Haugtussa" and other Norwegian art songs.Tessa Romano, mezzo soprano, and EGSOA's newest board member, will perform an all-Norwegian song concert on Monday, November 14th at 7:30pm in the Chamber Hall of the University of Colorado Boulder Imig Music Building. The concert includes Agathe Backer-Grøndahl's Opus 1, selected songs by Geirr Tveitt and entire song-cycle, Haugtussa, by Edvard Grieg. The concert is in partial fulfillment for the DMA degree.
The Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota inaugurates a string contest to promote and encourage young string players to explore and study the music of Edvard Grieg and other Nordic composers. Cash prizes of up to $1,500 and international performances and scholarship opportunities in Norway and England are offered. The semifinal and final rounds take place Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Mindekirken.
The competition is open to all string players age 18-26, from or studying in the 5 state area of MN, ND, SD, IA, and WI. Spread the word to teachers and performers of violin, viola, cello, and bass! DEADLINE: Applications and audio recordings in MP3 format must be submitted via email to between now and February 1, 2017. A non-refundable application fee of $50 must be paid online. Email any questions or comments to EGSMN.Comp2017@gmail.com. Visit the website for RULES and APPLICATION pdfs, updates on this competition, information on our exciting season of concerts, and more! http://norwayhouse.org/edvard-grieg-society
Edvard Grieg Society of the Great Lakes (May 2016)
The EGSOA is pleased to announce the official formation of the Edvard Grieg Society of the Great Lakes, which is approved as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Their upcoming season highlight is a Grieg Conference/Competition at Goshen College, Goshen, IN, May 19 - 20, 2017, with an emphasis on connections between Grieg and Mozart entitled: “Salzbergen." A preview of the event will take place on May 16 with Norwegian bass-baritone Njål Sparbo, Luke Norell, and Mary Rose Norell. For more information, click here.
Inauguration of the new Grieg Society in Ukraine (May 2016)
New Grieg Society in Ukraine (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."
Sons of Norway (Viking Lodge 1-463) in Watertown, SD
June 16 at 7 p.m.
Marla Fogderud, faculty member from Northern State University, will present a lecture and sing musical examples illustrating the life and compositional style of Edvard Grieg. The meeting will take place at the Watertown Senior Citizens' Center, 301 East Kemp, Watertown, SD, 57201
Sons of Norway (Grieg Lodge 1-578) in Aberdeen, SD
June 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Marla Fogderud will present a lecture on the life and compositional style of Edvard Grieg. It will take place at the Wylie Park picnic area.
Below: President: Dr. Gregory Martin
(Un. of Indianapolis); Secretary: Dr. Mary Rose Norell (Goshen), Vice-President: Dr. Luke Norell (Goshen),and Board Member, Dr. Mimmi Fulmer, (Un. of Wisconsin-Madison).along with her first anthology