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.
New CD Release on Chestnut Hall Label
Soprano, Laura Loge, and pianist, Sandra Mogensen released a CD of Edvard Grieg's Vinje songs, Op. 33 and Norwegian Folk Melodies, Op. 66, arranged for piano. The CD and MP3 are available on Amazon.
November 14, University of Colorado, Boulder, Tessa Romano, mezzo soprano, and EGSOA's newest board member, performed an all-Norwegian song concert 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 was in partial fulfillment for the DMA degree.
CD Release: Songs and Piano Music of Grieg, Op. 33 & 66. Laura Loge, soprano and Sandra Mogensen, piano,both acclaimed for their performances of Grieg, alternate between Grieg's op 33, the Vinje songs, and opus 66, Norwegian folk songs arranged for piano. Available on CDBaby and Amazon
October 26-29, 2017, Members of the Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota, Sonja Thompson and Rolf Erdahl, along with competition winner, violinist Hannie McGarity participated in the International Grieg Society in Bergen Seminar/Workshop entitled ”Romantic Piano Meets the Hardanger Fiddle: Edvard Grieg’s Chamber Works and Solo Piano Music.” Ms. McGarity performed a program with pianist Signe Bakke, faculty member at the Grieg Academy, and Dr. Erdahl gave a presentation at the seminar entitled, “Accounting for Grieg" Examining Grieg's compositional influences in relation to his Cello Sonata, Op. 36.http://griegsociety.com/bergen-2017/
August 1, 2017, The Edvard Grieg Society of the Dakotas 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:
Marla Fogderud with board members Darci Bultema and Jean Hellener
June 3, 2017, The Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota held its first-ever string competition on to encourage musicians ages 18-26 studying or performing in a five-state area to explore the music of Edvard Grieg. Requirements included a variety of Nordic repertoire, including a Grieg Sonata. Four finalists performed in a winners’ recital. Judges included Mark Bjork, violin faculty at the University of Minnesota, Evelina Chao, violist formerly of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Peter McGuire of the Minnesota Orchestra. Grand prize winner was Hannie McGarity of Bellingham, Washington. Ms. McGarity is a violin performance major at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. First prize included a $1,500 award and trip to Bergen, Norway in October to perform at a seminar dedicated to Grieg’s chamber works at his home in Troldhaugen. Ms. McGarity with pianist Lori Folland performed the Grieg Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3, Op. 45. https://www.norwayhouse.org/edvard-grieg-society-of-minnesota/
Official formation of the Northwest Edvard Grieg Society, a non-profit 501 c3 organization with Laura Loge, president; Lori Ann Reinhall, vice president; Steven Luksan, secretary; James Bernhard, webmaster; Rob Weltzien, member-at-large. The society has a website: http://nwegriegsociety.org/ and a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NWEGriegSociety/
Poland’s premiere quartet, The Meccore String Quartet, Released a CD of Grieg’s Complete String Quartets; String Quartet in G Minor, No. 1, Op. 27; String Quartet in F Major, No. 2, EG 117, and Fugue in F Minor, EG 114 www.mdg.de/distribue.htm
Februrary 24, 2017, Ohio University School of Music, Athens, Ohio. Pianists Mary Rose Norell, Luke Norell, and Gregory Martin from the Edvard Grieg Society of the Great Lakes, performed familiar and unfamiliar piano works of Edvard Grieg in an evening concert. Earlier in the day, they heard students perform Grieg piano works in a master class.
February 21, 2017, Pacific Lutheran University Lagerquist Concert Hall. Northwest favorite and new Artistic Director of the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series in Seattle, soprano Laura Loge was 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 A.O. Vinje written in nynorsk, steeped with elements of the Telemark dialect and Norwegian folkeviser, opus 66, for piano. This concert was sponsored by the Dillon Concert Association.
The Sarasota Music Archive Concert Series opened the 2017 series at Geldbart Auditorium in the Selby Public Library in Sarasota,FL with the winners of the Rollins College Pre-College Grieg Competition in Winter Park, FL. Winner of the junior division was Connie Huang, age 10, of Orlando, and the winner of the senior division was Amy Lao, age 15, from Jacksonville. Each of the winners received $1,000 from the Rogers Foundation and performed several selections of Grieg’s piano works.