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Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series & Smörgåsbord
2017 Season Package
Please welcome Laura Loge, our new Artistic Director, as we celebrate our 22nd season!
This season package offers the best value for those enthusiasts who wish to join us on the following dates for our delightful series of Sunday concerts and Smörgåsbord.
January 22, 2017 at 4 PM
Iceland - “From Turf to Surf”
Lára Hrönn Pétursdóttir, mezzo-soprano & accordion
Skúli Gestsson, voice & guitar
Versatile Icelandic musicians Lára Hrönn Pétursdóttir, and Skúli Gestsson (of the internationally renowned band Dikta) will open our 22nd season. Through their music, they will share with a fascinating story crossing the Icelandic countryside, into the supernatural, and ending out on the frigid sea. The program will highlight their many musical talents – singing, accordion, and guitar – while exploring classical to folk music, including traditional rímur.
February 19, 2017 at 4 PM
Norway - “Nynorsk!”
Laura Loge, soprano
Sandra Mogensen, piano
Northwest favorite and new Artistic Director, soprano Laura Loge will be joined by Canadian/Danish pianist Sandra Mogensen, who is celebrated for her performances and recordings of Edvard Grieg's lyric pieces for piano as well as collaborations with singers from the Nordic countries. Together they will bring to life Edvard Grieg's duplicitous Vinje songs, highlighting the poetry O. E. Vinje written in nynorsk steeped with elements of the Telemark dialect and selected lyric pieces for piano.
March 5, 2017 at 4 PM
Sweden - “Northern Exposure: Rediscovered Gems of the Scandinavian Baroque”
Joshua Romatowski, baroque flute
Tekla Cunningham, baroque violin
Henry Lebedinsky, harpsichord
Explore the world of rarely-heard instrumental music from the courts and salons of 18th century Scandinavia with Early Music Underground. Enjoy chamber music by Johan Helmich Roman, called “the Father of Swedish Music,” Norwegian virtuoso violinist Johan Henrik Freithoff, and Danish child prodigy Johann Palschau. Baroque flautist Joshua Romatowski, baroque violinist Tekla Cunningham, and harpsichordist Henry Lebedinsky will be your guides on this unique and exciting journey north, bringing you into the music through insightful commentary about the works, the lives of the composers, and the social and political world in which they worked.
April 2, 2017 at 4 PM
Denmark - Fødselsdagskage til Niels Gade
Allion Salvador, violin
Brooks Tran, piano
Young, prodigious violinist Allion Salvador (“fiery, seething with passionate fervor”) and pianist Brooks Tran will light all two hundred candles on Niels Gade's birthday cake through their fiery performance of his music. Together they will celebrate his bicentennial, performing works by the prolific composer as well as pieces written for and dedicated to him by the composers he influenced, including Edvard Grieg and Robert Schumann.
April 23, 2017 at 4 PM
Finland - Finland's Musical Centennial
Sean Osborn, clarinet
Eric Han, cello
Jessica Choe, piano
In celebration of Finland's centennial, marking one hundred years of independence, clarinetist Sean Osborn (“a master” Gramophone) returns to Mostly Nordic alongside prolific chamber musicians, cellist Eric Han and pianist Jessica Choe. Their program will highlight Finnish chamber music encompassing the last century of musical innovation and beauty, including works by Sibelius, Wessman, Rautavaara, Salmenhaara, and more!