Welcome to 

The Edvard Grieg Society

of the Dakotas

Happy Birthday,
Edvard Grieg!

June 15, 2021 marks Edvard Grieg's 178th birthday! Our beloved composer

was born on this day in Bergen, Norway in 1843.

We invite you to celebrate by listening to Grieg's incredible music 

or even play some of his pieces yourself. 

Either way, enjoy this day with some of 

Edvard's wonderful music!

Grieg and Mozart:
Emotion through Song

EGSOD, in partnership with Northern State University School of Fine Arts, presents

Dr. Marla Fogderud, soprano, and Dr. Jean Hellner, piano, in a lecture recital of songs by Edvard Grieg and W. A. Mozart. The program explores how each composer approached common emotional ideas such as love, longing, and remembrance. The concert will have a limited live audience in the Jewett Theater on the campus of Northern State University and will also be live-streamed. Please note masks are required for all on-campus attendees. Admission is free; donations to the Edvard Grieg Society of the Dakotas are gratefully accepted.

Please join us Saturday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m. in person or

online for the live-stream broadcast.

Edvard Grieg:

Songs from the Heart

The Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota is pleased to release the first professional recording of songs by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, sung in English.

Recorded at the Landmark Center in Saint Paul, MN in the summer of 2020,

Melissa Holm-Johansen, soprano, and Stephen Swanson, piano, have captured the essence of the original song and text in these new English translations by celebrated Grieg scholar, Dr. William H. Halverson.

The album features 25 of Grieg's songs, along with a lyric book and notes by Dr. Halverson. Your CD may be picked up at Norway House or shipped to you directly. Shipping is free throughout the US. Proceeds support the Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota and Norway House.


The album will soon be available on all streaming platforms.


To order this CD, click here.

"The Beloved as Muse"

Our very own president,

Dr. Marla Fogderud, recently published a poignant, heart-warming article on the unique and beloved (if not at times tumultuous) relationship between Edvard and his wife Nina in the July 31, 2020 edition of The Norwegian American. Click here to read this article.

If you would like to contact Marla, please email her at griegdakotas@gmail.com.


Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Edvard and Nina Grieg in 1888


Image: Wikimedia Commons "Edvard Grieg accompanying his Wife" (1889), oil on wood, by Skagen painter Peder Severin Krøyer, is one of the most famous portraits of Edvard and Nina Grieg. Krøyer was a friend of the Griegs, who spent many winters in Copenhagen.


Check out our brand-new blog for interesting news and information about Edvard Grieg and other Norwegian composers.