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This is only a partial list of Grieg events for the coming year.
For more detailed and updated information about Grieg events,
please visit the web sites of the following organizations.
Edvard Grieg Society of America, Inc. (EGSOA), Sylvia Reynolds Eckes, president, www.griegsocietyusa.org
Board members: Mary Rose Norell, Marla Fogderud, Cheryl Christensen, Tessa Romano,
Gregory Martin, Per Brevig, Gloria Cook, Laura Loge, Peter Skjervold
Please visit: https://www.griegsocietyusa.org/board-members for board member roles
The 2019 Grant recipients are Dr. Anna Hersey and Dr. Xiao-yan Sui
Dr. Hersey will co-direct the Grieg Song Fest, November 15-17, at Norway House and Mindekirken in Minneapolis. Dr. Hersey is Assistant Professor of Voice at University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. The SongFest will include performances by singers Melissa Culloton and Maria Jette, Marla Fogderud, with pianist Sonja Thompson.
Dr. Xiao-yan Sui, Adjunct Piano Professor at San Diego Mesa College will perform Grieg's lesser-known piano duo works with Dr. Ching-ming Cheng, Associate Professor of Piano at California State University, San Marcos. The pianists plan to video record their performance which takes place on November 2, at 7:30 p.m., at Cal State University at San Marcos.
EGSOA welcomes Carol Wolfe-Ralph, a certified CPA, who will serve as our acting-treasurer. Carol has a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Maryland and is a well-respected teacher and pianist in the Washington D. C. area. She has written a paper on Grieg’s piano works and arranged a Grieg presentation-performance as a feature topic in 2010 at the Maryland State Music Teachers Association.
Gloria Cook has written an informative article entitled, “Edvard Grieg The Unexpected Pedagogue,” which appeared in the April/May issue of the American Music Teacher published by the Music Teachers National Association. It is now available on our website at: https://www.norwegianamerican.com/arts/grieg-piano-concerto/
Sylvia Eckes spoke about the Grieg Piano Concerto premieres in Scandinavia in 1869 and in England and America in the 1870 at the “Grieg Suites” reception at the Palmer House in Chicago, Illinois. The reception preceded the Chicago Symphony Orchestra opening concert with Leif Ove Andsnes performing Grieg’s concerto. The great Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor is 150 years old this year.
On September 8, board member Tessa Romano gave her Inaugural Recital as a new faculty member at the University of Otago. She performed four songs of Grieg's Haugtussa with pianist Terence Dennis who is the Blair Professor of Music. The review in the Otago Daily Times was titled “Inaugural recital captivating” and said about the Grieg specifically, "Romano has a good command of Norwegian, and her stage presence and outstanding story-telling and body language gave the songs great dramatic impact and emotional interpretation. The third song in the set, Killingdans, was full of animation and humour...I definitely heard the babbling brook in Ved Gjættle-Bekken.” Congratulations to Tessa for bringing Grieg’s songs to New Zealand!
EGSOA is pleased to announce that a Grieg column will appear monthly in the Norwegian-American newspaper, America’s only national Norwegian-America publication of its kind. The first article has just appeared in the October issue by Sylvia Eckes. It is adapted from a paper she delivered about the premieres of Grieg’s piano concerto in Scandinavia, England, and America in September. The November issue will feature an article by Dr. William H. Halverson’s about Edward MacDowell and Grieg’s influence on his music. Please see: https://www.norwegianamerican.com/arts/grieg-piano-concerto/
EGSOA will be exploring with the producer of “Grieg Suites”, a novelty food company in Norway, new ways to promote Grieg in America. The innovative president of the company, Thomas Kraft, has ideas that bring Grieg’s name to a larger group of listeners. Please see: https://www.griegsuiteschocolate.com/ for the story behind the product.
EGSOA has successfully sold over 170 books of Edvard Grieg: Diaries, Articles, Speeches, since its publication this past Spring. The book is edited by Finn Benestad and William H. Halverson. This new publication by EGSOA is the only English paperback edition of the Grieg’s personal writings. This valuable and informative source will be available online at Amazon as an ebook and in softbound print this Fall. You may also purchase the book from EGSOA by check or Pay Pal. Order at: www.griegsocietyusa.org/donate
Sylvia Eckes will give a powerpoint presentation about the multi-faceted styles of Grieg’s music at several locations in Spring 2020. Details will become available on the EGSOA web site soon.
Northwest Edvard Grieg Society (NWEGS) Laura Loge, president, http://nwegriegsociety.org/
On September 11, 2019, Laura Loge, soprano, and Steven Luksan, piano and composer, gave a lecture-recital entitled, The Languages of Edvard Grieg at the University of Portland.
“Skål! A Toast to Edvard Grieg,” was held on Saturday, September 15, 2019 at 3:00 pm. This event was the annual membership House Concert in Ballard, WA. It featured Kerry Bollinger Blanton, violin & viola, Justin Henderlight, oboe, Steven Luksan, piano and Laura Loge, soprano. The organization welcomed attendees to share their own performances of Grieg’s music.
Norwegian Pianist Oda Voltersvik will present a recital on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm, at the Nordic Museum in Seattle. She will perform piano works by Grieg, Sibelius, Rachmaninov, Beethoven & Ginastera. Ms. Voltersvik is guest artist of the Northwest Edvard Grieg Society.
On Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm. at the Nordic Museum in Seattle, there will be a Modern Norwegian Music Concert in collaboration with the Seattle Modern Orchestra and Music Exchange International. Visiting artists from Bergen include the Valen Trio (John Ehde (cello), Einar Røttingen (piano) and Ricardo Odriozola (violin), The Seattle Modern Orchestra, Julia Tai, conductor; Angelo Rondello, piano; and Laura Loge, soprano, will perform works by Vaage, Thoresen and other Norwegian works by living composers.
The Complete Songs of Edvard Grieg Concert No. 6: “Fjell & Fjord,” will take place on Thursday,
November 7, 2019 at 7:30 pm at the Resonance at SOMA Towers in Bellevue. It will also be performed at Lindfield College in McMinville, OR on November 6. Laura Loge give a masterclass and workshop on Norwegian lyric diction and repertoire in conjunction with it. Baritone Alan Dunbar and pianist Knut Erik Jensen return to the Northwest, performing Grieg songs to texts by Andreas Munch, Holger Drachmann, John Paulsen, and Bjørnsterne Bjørnson. These songs explore Norway’s natural beauty, from the mountains to the fjords, from landscapes to people and beyond.
The Complete Songs of Edvard Grieg Concert 7: “The Human Condition: Vinje & Benzon,” will take place on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 7:30 pm, at the Resonance at SOMA Towers in Bellevue and later in Portland, Oregon. This final concert of the Complete Songs of Edvard Grieg series will feature all three artists together to perform some of Grieg’s most poignant songs to texts by A. O. Vinje and Otto Benzon. Soprano Laura Loge will sing Grieg’s beloved Vinje Songs, opus 33, plus a few posthumously published songs. Baritone Alan Dunbar will sing Grieg’s two final sets of songs with texts by Otto Benzon, opuses 69 and 70. Grieg’s songs to Vinje texts bring into perspective his fascination with the complexity of the human condition, highlighting the dichotomy set forth in Vinje’s poetry. The Benzon songs take the listener into the last and most experimental period of Grieg’s composition career, hinting at what would have come had he lived another twenty years: impressionism and expressionism. Norwegian pianist Knut Erik Jensen will return with his amazing virtuosity, subtlety, and a style perfectly suited to Grieg.
Edvard Grieg Society of the Dakotas, Marla Fogderud, president
"Norwegian Art Song in the Golden Age," Thursday, October 3 at 7:30 in Krikac Auditorium on the campus of Northern State University. Marla Fogderud and Dianna Anderson (piano professor at Minot State University in ND) will perform a lecture-recital.
Marla Fogderud will participate at the “Grieg Now!” conference hosted by the International Grieg Society in Bergen, Norway, October 24-27, 2019.
“Grieg Songfest" takes place on November 15-17 at Mindekirken/Norway House in Minneapolis. Marla Fogderud will perform a program of songs as part of the Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota's SongFest.
Sons and Daughters of Norway in Rapid City, South Dakota, date TBD, with Darci Bultema, soprano, who will perform a recital and give a brief talk on the life of Edvard Grieg.
Heritage Luncheon, May 16, 2020, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Glyndon, Minnesota. Members of EGSOD and friends will perform in a recital featuring Norwegian composers.
A concert to celebrate den syttende mai will be held on May 15, 2020, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead, Minnesota.
Edvard Grieg Society of New York, Per Brevig, president
Per Brevig is the new president of the Musicians Club of New York. Co-sponsored with the Edvard Grieg Society of New York of Grieg, he has arranged performances by outstanding musicians from the New York area, including students from the Juilliard School. Video performances are available at:
On October 20, 2019 at 3:30 pm at the Scandinavia House, Victor Borge Hall, New York, the Edvard Grieg Society Inc., New York in collaboration with the Musicians Club of New York is sponsoring a concert for the Norwegian pianist, Oda Voltersvik. The program includes works of Chopin, Grieg, Scriabin, Sibelius, and Ginastera.
Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota, EGSMN, Peter Skjervold, president,
Peter Skjervold has succeeded James Lewis as the president of the EGSMN.
Dr. William H. Halverson will be the featured lecturer on “A trip to Norway” with Borton Overseas, in August 2020. Dr. Halverson is a noted scholar and author/translator of books on the life and music of Edvard Grieg. An overview of the trip was held on Monday, September 9, 2019 at Norway House. The journey will take visitors through the breathtaking landscape, historical landmarks, and favorite haunts of the Nordics’ most celebrated composer in this once-in-a-lifetime travel experience.
EGSMN will host a Grieg Song Festival, a three-day event from Friday, November 15 through Sunday, November 17, 2019. The festival kicks off with an evening recital by sopranos Maria Jette, Marla Fogderud, and collaborative pianist Sonja Thompson. On Saturday, there will be recitals by sopranos Anna Hersey, and Melissa Holm-Johansen. Singer/teacher Krista Palmquist, will present the lecture, “Haugtussa: the history and analysis of Grieg’s only song cycle.” The day concludes with a performance by soprano Laura Loge, baritone Alan Dunbar and collaborative pianist Mark Bilyeu. The festival culminates on Sunday with a joint performance with the Mindekirken Choir showcasing some of Grieg’s sacred works, at the church’s 11:00 am service, led by Choir Director John DeHaan.
Edvard Grieg Society of the Great Lakes, EGSOGL, Gregory Martin, president
The EGSOGL is planning a voice competition in Spring 2020. More information will be posted on the web site at: http://greatlakesgrieg.weebly.com/2019-young-artist-voice-competition.html
Gregory Martin will give a paper/talk called "Cycle and Story in Grieg's Lyric Pieces, Op. 54," at the “Grieg Now!” conference sponsored by the International Grieg Society to be held in Bergen, Norway from October 24-27, 2019.
Music & Letters upcoming publication will include an article by Greg Martin entitled, "Grieg as Storyteller: The Poetics of the Ballade in G Minor, Op. 24”
International Grieg Society, Bergen, Norway, Beryl Foster, President; Einar Røttingen, Chair of the Board
The International Edvard Grieg Society, Grieg Academy/Centre for Grieg Research University of Bergen and Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen will bring Norwegian and international scholars and performers together at “Grieg Now!” – an international conference and workshop in Bergen, Norway, October 24-27, 2019. A complete schedule of events and featured performers are listed on the IGS web site at: www.griegsociety.com.
Past News 2019
July 9 & 11: The Northwest Edvard Grieg Society presented the fifth of seven concerts of the complete songs of Edvard Grieg: The Mountain Maid featuring Grieg specialists Laura Loge, soprano and Knut Erik Jensen, piano at Nordia House in Portland, Oregon on July 9 and at Resonance at SOMA Towers in Bellevue, Washington on July 11.
July 25: The Edvard Grieg Society of the Dakotas hosted "A Night of Norwegian Chamber Music: New and Old" at Peace Lutheran Church,1011 12th Ave N, Fargo, ND.
June 8-9, 2019: Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota Piano Competition 2019
The Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota 2019 Piano Competition was designed to encourage pianists to explore the music of Edvard Grieg and Nordic composers; raise awareness of the Edvard Grieg Society locally, nationally, and internationally; and provide scholarship and performance opportunities for competition winners. This year’s competition began on March 1st with a Preliminary Audition Round & Audio Screening. The Final Live Audition Round took place at Norway House and Mindekirken on June 8, 2019.
March 31-April 2, 2019, The Edvard Grieg Society of the Great Lakes presented "A Norwegian in Paris: Exploring the Influence of Edvard Grieg on fin-de-siècle French composers" at the University of Indianapolis, including pre-college piano and pre/collegiate vocal competition (on Sunday, March 30), lectures (including Leslie Kearney, Daniel Grimley, and Gregory Martin), and the following concerts:
Sunday, March 31, University of Indianapolis, Christel Dehaan Fine Arts Center, featuring Einar Røttingen, Njål Sparbo, Emile Naoumoff, and members of the EGSOGL; with lots of Grieg, some Fauré nocturnes, some chansons, etc.
Monday, April 1, University of Indianapolis, Christel Dehaan Fine Arts Center, featuring the Indianapolis String Quartet playing the Haydn Joke Quartet (April Fools Day!), the Franck piano quintet, and the Grieg G minor quartet
Tuesday, April 2, The Circle Theatre, Indianapolis (Wood Room), the Ronen Chamber Ensemble; program included lots of Grieg, the Debussy premiere rhapsody (clarinet/piano), and the Ravel piano trio.
Wednesday, April 3, The Edvard Grieg Society of the Great Lakes presented a concert featuring Einar Røttingen and Njål Sparbo at Goshen College.
Wednesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 4, The Northwest Edvard Grieg Society presented the fourth of seven concerts of the complete songs of Edvard Grieg: A Norwegian Holiday, at The Old Church, Portland and Resonance at SOMA Towers, Bellevue.
Saturday, April 6, 2019, The Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota presented their Winners’ Recital, "Echos of Nostalgia." This final concert of the season featured performances by the winners of the 2018 vocal competition for young artists. Soprano Froya Olson, winner in the junior division, is a graduate of Lawrence University and featured soloist and section leader at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Baritone Harrison Hintzsche, winner in the senior division, is a graduate of St. Olaf College and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in vocal performance at Yale University. An avid recitalist, concert singer, and ensemble musician, Hintzsche has been praised for his warm lyric tone, musical subtlety, and dedication to text.
The concert venue is the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church (Mindekirken), 924 E. 21st St. in Minneapolis.
April 17, 2019, 10:30 a.m. Geldbart Auditorium, Selby Public Library, Sarasota, Fl. Dr. Sylvia Eckes gave a performance of selected piano works and a PowerPoint presentation entitled "The Multifaceted Style of Grieg." Also, an announcement of the newly-published English version paperback of Edvard Grieg: Diaries, Articles, Speeches by Finn Benestad and William H. Halverson.
Sunday, March 3, 2019, Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Chirch (Mindekirken), Minneapolis: Cellist Wilhelmina Smith, Wilhelmina Smith presented a program for unaccompanied cello at Ms. Smith made her solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra while a student at the Curtis Institute of Music and in 1997 was a prizewinner in the Leonard Rose International Cello Competition.
February 26, 2019, Scandinavia House, Victor Borge Hall, NYC. The renowned Dorian Quintet commissioned Norwegian pianist and composer, Wolfgang Plagge, to compose a 30-minute work to be performed with Mr. Plagge at the piano. The program included works by Grieg and other composers.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019, Selby Public Library, Geldbart Auditorium: As part of the Sarasota Music Archive Series, Edvard Grieg Society of America grant winners: Andrea Guaita, violin;Lindsay McKenna, cello; Marco Jimenez, piano performed Grieg's Andante Con Moto in C minor.
Sunday, January 20, Norway House: Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota Presented GRIEG'S FAVORITE GRIEG SONGS – SUNG IN ENGLISH!
Edvard Grieg wrote a total of 179 songs during his career. We know from the printed programs prepared for these concerts, most of which were preserved by Grieg himself, that he programmed some of his songs over and over again—hence, “Grieg’s favorite Grieg songs.” In 1988, the Edvard Grieg Committee – a group of musicologists from Norway and Denmark – commissioned EGSMN Board Member & renowned Grieg scholar, William Halverson to create new English versions of most of Grieg’s song texts. The January 20 program used these English versions.
Performers were soprano Maria Jette, baritone Alan Dunbar, and pianist Sonja Thompson.