The award recipients of the EGSOA grant for 2018 are:
Andrea Guaita, violin;
Lindsay McKenna, cello;
and Marco Jimenez, piano
for their performances of the Grieg Trio and a master class with the Eroica Trio
The Northwest Edvard Grieg Society
under the direction of President Laura Loge, soprano;
and baritone Alan Dunbar
for performances of Grieg songs in concerts presented by NWEGS in the Pacific Northwest.
EGSOA awards grants annually to American performers and scholars of Grieg’s music. For more information, click here.
November 8 and 9: The Edvard Grieg Society of the Dakotas Festival: “Northern Lights: Celebrating Grieg, Kjerulf, and Vinje.” For more information, Click Here.
Thursday, November 8, 7:30 p.m., Krikac Auditorium on the campus of Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. Opening concert featuring Grieg's Opus 18, performed by baritone, Paul Hindemith, and pianist, Keith Teepen, and Opus 33 (Vinje texts) performed by Darci Bultema, soprano; Marla Fogderud, soprano; Paul Hindemith, baritone; Keith Teepen, piano.
Friday, November 9, 12:00 noon, Brown bag lunch and Q & A with the artists on learning, teaching, and performing Norwegian music. Beulah Williams Library Rotunda, NSU campus.
Friday, November 9, 2:00 p.m. Lecture on the composers Edvard Grieg, Halfdan Kjerulf, and poet A.O. Vinje with Q & A to follow. Beulah Williams Library Rotunda, NSU campus.
Friday, November 9, 7:30 p.m., Krikac Auditorium, NSU campus -- final concert featuring Grieg's “Fire Salmer” and Kjerulf's “Brudefærden i Hardanger” performed by the Northern State University Chamber Choir, Timothy Woods, conductor. Also, select songs of Halfdan Kjerulf performed by Darci Bultema, soprano; Marla Fogderud, soprano; Paul Hindemith, baritone; Keith Teepen, piano.
November 27-30: Repeat performances of the festival programs at Missouri Western University, St. Joseph, MO
Nov. 9, Per Brevig, president of the Edvard Grieg Society of NY, conducted a concert with the Juilliard Trombone Choir in a program that included music by Grieg and Knut Nystedt.
November 1 and 3, The Northwest Edvard Grieg Society presented the third of seven concerts of the complete songs of Edvard Grieg: Early Explorations featuring Grieg specialists Laura Loge, soprano; Alan Dunbar, baritone; and Knut Erik Jensen, piano at The Resonance at Soma Towers in Bellevue, Washington on Nov. 1 and at Nordia House in Portland, Oregon on Nov. 3.
Monday, Oct 29, Edvard Grieg Society of America grant winners: Andrea Guaita, violin; Lindsay McKenna, cello; and Marco Jimenez, piano participated in a masterclass with the Eroica Trio at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. The trio played Edvard Grieg’s Andante Con Moto in C minor. The students were coached by Dr. Sylvia Eckes.
October 28, The Edvard Grieg Society of New York presented a Concert of the music of Grieg, Bach, Norheim, and Chopin at Scandinavia House, Victor Borge Hall, NYC. The performance featured internationally-acclaimed cellist Darrett Adkins and internationally-acclaimed pianist Ann Schein.
October 26, Sylvia Eckes, solo piano, presented “The Multi-faceted Style of Grieg,” at State College of Florida, Bradenton, FL
October 12-14, The Grieg Stichting Nederland (Grieg Foundation of Netherlands) presented a festival where a selection of the music for string instruments by Edvard Grieg was performed during three special and varied concerts. For more information, visit http://www.griegstichting.nl.
September 22, A Master Class and Free Concert featuring instrumental and vocal works of Grieg, as well as French melodies were held at Morphy Hall, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Performers for this event included members of the Board of Directors of the Edvard Grieg Society of the Great Lakes, Mary Rose and Luke Norell, Gregory Martin, and Mimmi Fulmer, as well as Anna Hersey, soprano and Alan Dunbar, baritone.
July 31: . A second performance of “Grieg and Mozart: Emotion Through Song.” Donations benefited the Edvard Grieg Society of the Dakotas.
July 28 & 31: Marla Fogderud, soprano, and Jean Hellner, piano presented “Grieg and Mozart: Emotion Through Song,” a lecture recital showcasing the song composing techniques of Grieg and Mozart as they dealt with common emotions such as new love, heartbreak, and remembrance. (Originally presented at the 2017 Grieg conference “SalzBergen: Exploring the Intersection of W.A. Mozart and Edvard Grieg” held at Goshen College.) Performances took place at The Redlin Art Center in Watertown, SD on July 28 and at Peace Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND on July 31.
July 8 & 10: The Northwest Edvard Grieg Society presented the second of seven concerts of the complete songs of Edvard Grieg: Norge! featuring Grieg specialists Laura Loge, soprano; Alan Dunbar, baritone; and Knut Erik Jensen, piano at The Resonance at Soma Towers in Bellevue, Washington on July 8 and at Nordia House in Portland, Oregon on July 10.
The Second Annual Grieg Competition
Presented by the Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota
June 9: The Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota held a voice competition at Mindekirken Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis. This is the Second Annual Grieg Competition and the first vocal competition organized by the Minnesota Grieg Society. The six winners who performed in a winners’ concert were: Young Artist Division, 1st place: Froya Olson – Roseville, MN; 2nd place: Elsa Swanson, Aberdeen, SD; and 3rd place: Greta Ramsey, Parkridge, IL. In the Advanced Division: 1st place: Harrison Hintzsche, Minneapolis, MN; 2nd place, Anika Kildegaard, Minneapolis, MN; and 3rd place, Thore Dosdall, Minneapolis, MN.
Young Artist Division
Left: Competition finalists and their accompanists.
Below: Competition announcement flyer.
The William H. Halverson Prize
June 9: The Edvard Grieg Society of America presented the William H. Halverson Prize for the judges selection of the “most outstanding performance of Grieg songs” at the voice competition sponsored by the Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota. The prize was named in honor ofAmerica’s foremost contributor to Grieg and his music. Dr. Halverson’s many contributions include translations of songs (Peters edition), translations of most of the definitive books on Grieg including Grieg’s speeches, diaries, and letters, and numerous lectures and speeches in America and Scandinavia.The prize went to Harrison Hintzsche, who was also the first prize winner in the Advanced Division of the competition, and a graduate of St. Olav College who will enter the masters program at Yale University in the Fall.
William H. Halverson (right) with Harrison Hintzsche, winner of the first William H. Halverson Prize.
May 19: Laura Loge, soprano and Steven Luksan, pianist and composer presented a concert and educational experience exploring the many languages of Edvard Grieg with songs and piano works by Edvard Grieg and Steven Luksan at Normanna Lodge Sons of Norway. Presented by the Normanna Lodge Daughters of Norway in Everett, WA.
The Edvard Grieg Society of America awards grants to American performers and scholars of Grieg’s music.The recipients of the EGSOA grants for 2018 are: 1. Andrea Guaita, violin; Lindsay McKenna, cello; and Marco Jimenez, piano for their performances of the Grieg Trio and participation in a master class with the Eroica Trio. 2. The Northwest Edvard Grieg Society under the direction of President Laura Loge, soprano; and baritone Alan Dunbar, who is on the voice faculty at Winona State University, for performances of Grieg songs in concerts presented by NWEGS in the Pacific Northwest.
February 25: The Edvard Grieg Society of New York presented a program at the Scandinavian House in New York City that included introductory remarks to Grieg’s works by president, Per Brevig, and performances the Grieg Quartet and Grieg’s Cello Sonata. Performers were students from the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School. The program was co-sponsored by the Musicians Club of New York.
February 11: Laura Loge, soprano and President of the Northwest Edvard Grieg Society and Steven Luksan, pianist and composer, presented an afternoon of love songs and piano works by Edvard Grieg and Steven Luksan at Leif Erikson Lodge in Ballard, Washington.
February 3: David Allen Wehr gave a lecture-recital on Grieg’s Piano Works at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Dusquene University in Pittsburgh. Part of the A.L.L. Series, Mr Wehr, who holds the Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair at Duquesne, discussed and performed several of the Lyric Pieces and the Sonata, Op. 7.