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Grieg Song Festival
Nov
15
to Nov 17

Grieg Song Festival

A three-day song festival featuring artists and scholars from across the midwest performing the vocal and piano music of Norway’s most well-known composer, Edvard Grieg.

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2019 Piano Competition Winner Recital
Sep
28
1:30 PM13:30

2019 Piano Competition Winner Recital

  • Mindekirken, the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church (map)
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Priscilla Chang and Jihyang (Jane) Son, Winners of the 2019 Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota Piano Competition, perform works of Edvard Grieg and Synne Skouen to kick off the 2019-20 Edvard Grieg Society Recital Series at Mindekirken.

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Happy Hour: In the Footsteps of Edvard Grieg Tour 2020
Sep
9
6:00 PM18:00

Happy Hour: In the Footsteps of Edvard Grieg Tour 2020

We are elated to introduce Norway House’s upcoming trip to Norway with Borton Overseas and Edvard Grieg Scholar and Historian, Dr. Bill Halverson in August, 2020! Journey through the breathtaking landscape, historical landmarks, and favorite haunts of the Nordics’ most celebrated composer in this once-in-a-lifetime travel experience.

All are invited for a happy hour and tour introduction at Norway House. We’ll lay out the stunning itinerary of private tours and performances, you’ll get to meet the tour host, Dr. Halverson, and ask questions about the tour and be among the first to register.

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Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota Piano Competition 2019
Jun
8
9:50 AM09:50

Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota Piano Competition 2019

The Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota 2019 Piano Competition is 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 will take place at Norway House and Mindekirken on June 8, 2019.

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Latter med Lorna: Conversation with author, Lorna Landvik - An Out & About Adventure
Apr
23
7:00 PM19:00

Latter med Lorna: Conversation with author, Lorna Landvik - An Out & About Adventure

World-famous author and storyteller, Lorna Landvik will be at Norway House for an evening of informal conversation and fun. Her eight novels include the best-selling Angy Housewives Eating Bon-Bons, and Patty Jane's House of Curl. Lorna will talk abou ther books as well as her career as an author, actor, and playwright. Appetizers and wine will be served.

This Out & About Adventure is a great way to have fun with friends, and donate to Norway House!

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Echoes of Nostalgia: EGSMN 2018 Voice Competition Winners
Apr
6
7:30 PM19:30

Echoes of Nostalgia: EGSMN 2018 Voice Competition Winners

  • Mindekirken Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church (map)
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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, Baritone 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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Ásgeir at The Cedar
Mar
19
7:00 PM19:00

Ásgeir at The Cedar

How do you follow up the fastest selling debut album in Icelandic history, a record that out-performed even national treasures Björk and Sigur Rós’ first releases? At first 24-year-old sensation Ásgeir, returning at last in 2017 with daringly electronic new album Afterglow, pretended to those around him that the heat wasn’t on, that the stakes weren’t high. “I used to tell most people that I didn’t feel any pressure,” he laughs now. “But I was lying. I didn’t want to go into that discussion.”

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Norwegian Movie Night: Before Snowfall
Mar
13
6:00 PM18:00

Norwegian Movie Night: Before Snowfall

  • Sateren Auditorium, Augsburg University (map)
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We continue our Norwegian movie series with Before Snowfall (Før snøen faller), a film by Hisham Zaman. This series is made possible by the Norwegian Film Institute in collaboration with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Showings in the Twin Cities are presented as a result of a partnership between the Honorary Norwegian Consulate in Minneapolis, Augsburg University, and Norway House.

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HORIZON: In Honour of a Lived Life
Mar
5
7:30 PM19:30

HORIZON: In Honour of a Lived Life

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In this performance visiting performing artist, Ragnhild A. Mørch mixes childhood memories with her family’s stories – a jigsaw which stretches across three generations. A performance that shows how Norwegian-German history not only consists of broad political lines but of individual fate. And that it is the personal decision-making that decides which turns the road takes.

HORIZON is one element of Ragnhild’s two week visit to the University of Minnesota where she will work directly with students, educators, and community members.

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

Wilhelmina Smith, Cello

  • Mindekirken Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church (map)
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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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Aurora at First Ave
Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

Aurora at First Ave

It is as if pure magic runs through AURORA’s veins. Enchanting by name and by nature, there’s something decidedly singular and strange about this tiny Nordic musician with the massive talent. With an eye-watering 200 million+ streams and 500,000+ sales for her stunning 2016 debut album, All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend, it’s hard to believe that the dynamic Norwegian singer/songwriter is still only 21, and AURORA is now pushing things forward like never before.

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Sauna Traditions: Stories, Songs, and Steam
Feb
23
2:00 PM14:00

Sauna Traditions: Stories, Songs, and Steam

Cleanliness of body, mind, and spirit were highly valued in Old Norse society along with the closeness and sanctity of family. Nothing satisfies these values quite like the steam bathing traditions. Icelanders took to the hot springs and the bath house was an essential element in the cultural life of Norway and Sweden. But the Finnish and Baltic cultures maintained sauna and spirtz traditions, including birthing, marriage, death, and seasonal changes into the Christian era.

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Mapping the Nordic Soul (Evening)
Feb
21
6:00 PM18:00

Mapping the Nordic Soul (Evening)

The body, mind, and soul are interconnected and bound together in Old Norse tradition. Thought and Memory, even Luck, are parts of our complex system of individual, family, and cultural life. Bring a notebook and map your soul parts in the Old Norse way. Join us for this interesting and fun discussion.

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Mapping the Nordic Soul (Afternoon)
Feb
21
2:00 PM14:00

Mapping the Nordic Soul (Afternoon)

The body, mind, and soul are interconnected and bound together in Old Norse tradition. Thought and Memory, even Luck, are parts of our complex system of individual, family, and cultural life. Bring a notebook and map your soul parts in the Old Norse way. Join us for this interesting and fun discussion.

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Nordic Healing (Evening)
Feb
12
6:00 PM18:00

Nordic Healing (Evening)

Nordic traditions and the mind-set around disease and healing were preserved in mythology, folk stories, charms, and recipes, and handed down in families from ancient times into the immigrant era. We hear about "epigenetic" or ancestor trauma, the benefits of "mindfulness" and the power of "nature therapy." These concepts were well understood by Nordic people as öorlog and wyrd, being in Verdandi, and uttesetti.

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Nordic Healing (Afternoon)
Feb
12
2:00 PM14:00

Nordic Healing (Afternoon)

Nordic traditions and the mind-set around disease and healing were preserved in mythology, folk stories, charms, and recipes, and handed down in families from ancient times into the immigrant era. We hear about "epigenetic" or ancestor trauma, the benefits of "mindfulness" and the power of "nature therapy." These concepts were well understood by Nordic people as öorlog and wyrd, being in Verdandi, and uttesetti.

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2019 Nordic Ball: Dancing with the Nordic Stars
Feb
9
5:00 PM17:00

2019 Nordic Ball: Dancing with the Nordic Stars

In it’s 42nd year, the Nordic Ball has been an annual tradition of the Nordic Folk Music and Dance communities in the Twin Cities, Minnesota since 1977. The different dance groups in the Twin Cities take turns hosting, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, and Finnish –  this year it is up to the Norwegians!

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The Myth of Ragnarok
Jan
31
6:00 PM18:00

The Myth of Ragnarok

What exactly does the Edda poetry say about Ragnarok, the doom of the gods? What does Snorre's prose Edda add to that? Of course it differs from the movies. This class is philosophy and history and a bit of "heathen theology" with just a dash of Hollywood. Let us search this ancient myth for lessons in our modern world.

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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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Mindekirken Norwegian Language & Culture Program - Winter Semester
Jan
7
8:15 PM20:15

Mindekirken Norwegian Language & Culture Program - Winter Semester

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The mission of Mindekirken’s Norwegian Language & Culture Program is to create a welcoming community that fosters Norwegian language learning for a wide variety of students of all ages, with a particular emphasis on speaking and listening.

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What is Öorlog? - Evening Session
Oct
30
6:30 PM18:30

What is Öorlog? - Evening Session

The Old Norse word öorlog / ørlog (Norwegian) means "primal law" and refers to the layers of inheritance, ancestor memories--plus our own actions. This complex concept is explained through the simple drop spindle!

We will learn about the Nordic way of understanding time and our place in the world as we dig into Old Norse metaphysics and cosmology with Nordic roots scholar and performer Kari Tauring.

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