The Edvard Grieg Society
of the Dakotas
Celebrate Syttende Mai with the Edvard Grieg Society of the Dakotas! Friends of EGSOD will perform favorites of our beloved composer himself and music of several other wonderful Norwegian composers! Listen to some beautiful music while enjoying tea and pastries at the
Soirée Victorian Tea Room!
From the EGSOD President:
We continue to stand in solidarity with our friends in Ukraine as devastating reports of violence against civilians continue to come forward. Edvard Grieg would not have kept silent in the face of such tragedy, and we are compelled to follow his example. Please use whatever means you have available (monetary, sharing of information, prayers, etc.) to continue supporting all those in Ukraine, including Grieg Society director Liubov Syniak and her family.
World-renowned Norwegian pianist
Oda Hjertine Voltersvik
gave two concerts in our region during her tour of the United States!
Her first concert took place on Thursday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
For those in the Fargo-Moorhead area, Oda performed on Monday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Hvidsten Hall of Music at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.
More information about Oda can be found at www.odavoltersvik.com.
Winner of the 2022 Grieg Society Grant
The Edvard Grieg Society of the Dakotas is pleased to announce the Armstrong Boulevard Brass Quintet as the recipient of the 2022 Grieg Society Grant. The $500 award will be used to produce two concerts of Grieg's music transcribed for brass quintet. The ensemble is based in southern Minnesota and includes members Thomas Bierer, trumpet; Craig Brendan, trumpet; Steve Spieker, horn; David Stordalen, trombone; and Al Tonn, tuba. Further information on concerts will be shared on our website and on the EGSOD Facebook page.
Songs Older and Newer: A Showcase of Edvard Grieg's Romanser
Join us for Dr. Marla Fogderud's upcoming faculty recital on Sunday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m.! This one-of-a-kind recital will be held at the Johnson Fine Arts Building on the Northern State University campus in Aberdeen, South Dakota. If you are unable to attend in person, click here for a live-stream link, and click here for the program. Please mark your calendars and tell your friends!
A Celebration of Norwegian
Women Piano Composers
The Edvard Grieg Society of the Dakotas presented a concert on Sunday, July 25th at
3 p.m. in the sanctuary of Peace Lutheran Church, 1011 12th Ave N, Fargo. The program, which is the first of its kind in this region, showcased piano music written by Norwegian women composers of the 19th and 20th centuries. The concert included performances by pianists from around the Fargo-Moorhead community.
All donations will go toward future programming by the Edvard Grieg Society of the Dakotas.
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.
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, 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 email@example.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.