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Champagne, Music, & Peer Gynt Sweets - Fundraiser for EGSMN Piano Competition
Jan
20
2:00 PM14:00

Champagne, Music, & Peer Gynt Sweets - Fundraiser for EGSMN Piano Competition

The annual fundraiser for EGSMN. This year’s concert theme Grieg’s Favorite Grieg Songs - Sung in English! Proceeds will go toward Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota’s 2019 Piano Competition celebrating young performers of Grieg and other Nordic composers.

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 & reknowned Grieg scholar, William Halverson to create new English versions of most of Grieg’s song texts. The program on January 20 will use these English versions.

Performances by soprano Maria Jette, baritone Alan Dunbar, and pianist Sonja Thompson.

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Wilhelmina Smith, Cello
Mar
3
4:00 PM16:00

Wilhelmina Smith, Cello

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Cellist WILHELMINA SMITH was recently awarded a 2015-2016 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Performing Musicians who began her career with a solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra while a student at the Curtis Institute of Music in 1997.  In addition she was a prizewinner in the Leonard Rose International Cello Competition, and has played with orchestras and appeared as chamber musician all over the world.  A strong supporter of new music, she has worked frequently with Finnish conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen, performing his cello concerto, Mania, and presenting the American premiere of his solo cello work, Knock, Breathe, Shine.  Mina will play a recital featuring Nordic solo cello music for us next March.

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2018 EGSMN Voice Competition Winners' Recital
Apr
6
7:30 PM19:30

2018 EGSMN Voice Competition Winners' Recital

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The Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota is pleased to announce the winners from two divisions in its second annual Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota Competition. The first-prize vocalists from the Advanced and Young Artists' Divisions of the competition, Bariton Harrison Hintzsche and Soprano Froya Olson will perform in a special concert recital at Mindekirken concluding the EGSMN 2018-2019 Season.

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Tord Gustavsen Trio
Oct
2
7:30 PM19:30

Tord Gustavsen Trio

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The Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota, Mindekirken, and Tord Gustaven's North American management join forces to present one of Norway's leading artists.

Tord Gustavsen is a jazz pianist and composer, touring extensively and recording as both soloist and bandleader for several of his own ensembles.  Gustavsen was born in Oslo and raised in rural Hurdal, Akershus where he "grew up playing church music.”  He earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology before he turned to music full time.  A prize-winning performer and composer, he is recognized for his “rapt, pristine, meditative music.”  He also maintains his interests in Psychology, writing about the psychological processes involved in musical improvisation.

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BOY PABLO with Slow Pulp and Zina
Jul
12
7:30 PM19:30

BOY PABLO with Slow Pulp and Zina

Born and raised in Norway by Chilean parents, Boy Pablo wrote and produced his debut EP titled "Roy Pablo" in his parents' basement in one week during his last year of high school in 2016. Much due to his unforseen brush with YouTube fame, Boy Pablo has struck a chord globally, and is embarking on his first international tour, including a show at Minneapolis' own Cedar Cultural Center.

Appearing with Slow Pulp & Zina.

$15 | All Ages | Doors at 7:00pm | Show at 7:30pm

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Edvard Grieg's 175th Birthday Party!
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

Edvard Grieg's 175th Birthday Party!

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Join us in celebrating 175 years since Edvard Grieg's birthday, June 15, 1843! A full stable of top-flight area performers will share songs, sonatas, stories, and surprises in celebration of the occasion in a variety show concert at Mindekirken. Birthday treats will be served in Norway House at the reception that follows the concert in honor of Norway's greatest composer.

This concert is free and open to the public. Donations will be taken at the door in support of the local food shelf supported by Mindekirken.

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Edvard Grieg Society of MN Vocal Competition Winners' Recital
Jun
9
2:00 PM14:00

Edvard Grieg Society of MN Vocal Competition Winners' Recital

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The Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota is pleased host the Final Round of the 2018 Edvard Grieg Society Voice Competition at Mindekirken. The Competition is free and open to the public from 10:00am-1:00pm, also at Mindekirken. The top three competitors will perform in the Winners’ Recital at 2:00pm that afternoon.

Please join either or both of these events to support exciting young talent and hear some of the vocal performance world’s upcoming performers.

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Edvard Grieg Society of MN Voice Competition
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Edvard Grieg Society of MN Voice Competition

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The Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota is pleased host the Final Round of the 2018 Edvard Grieg Society Voice Competition at Mindekirken. The Competition is free and open to the public. The top three competitors will perform in a Winners’ Recital at 2:00pm that afternoon, also at Mindekirken.

Please join either or both of these events to support exciting young talent and hear some of the vocal performance world’s upcoming performers.

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Migrasong: The Tunes They Carried Across the Sea
May
8
2:00 PM14:00

Migrasong: The Tunes They Carried Across the Sea

Migrasong aims to shed a modern light on an important yet neglected part of the history of emigration from Norway 150 years ago. This was a period when many inhabitants were seeking a better and more secure future in a new land. The emigrants took folk tunes from home with them, and new songs came into being where they settled. These were songs of longing – music full of dreams of the lives they had lived and images of the new life awaiting them.

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Quartetto Testosterone
Apr
20
7:30 PM19:30

Quartetto Testosterone

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All the way from Norway, Quartetto Testosterone will present an evening of music with violins, viola, and cello.

This concert is free of charge. Donations accepted at the door in support of Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota programming

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Unison Piano Duo: Luther College Music Faculty
Mar
10
7:30 PM19:30

Unison Piano Duo: Luther College Music Faculty

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Luther College piano faculty members, Du Huang and Xiao Hu, perform widely as the Unison Piano Duo and their heartfelt and exquisite performances have earned praises from critics and audiences around the world.  Join us for an evening of beautiful piano duets

$20.00 | Students free with student ID

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A Norwegian Musical Extravaganza! Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota Annual Fundraiser
Jan
13
2:00 PM14:00

A Norwegian Musical Extravaganza! Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota Annual Fundraiser

Please join the Edvard Grieg Society, Saturday, January 13, from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Norway House for its second annual fundraiser, “A Norwegian Musical Extravaganza!” The event will include memorable musical performances along with a champagne and dessert reception. 

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