Welcome to the 2017 season of Nordic chamber music, presenting internationally and nationally acclaimed artists. These cultural ambassadors represent all five Nordic countries and will capture the magic of rarely heard masterpieces. This is a rare opportunity to sample the many moods of the Nordic landscape—without buying an airline ticket!
Each of the concerts is followed by a smörgåsbord of gourmet Nordic delicacies from the featured country. Admission to all Nordic Heritage Museum exhibits is free to concert-goers before the performance. A true buffet of cultural pleasures—and one not to be missed.
To purchase tickets to the entire series, please use the EventBrite link to the right. To purchase tickets to specific concerts, please click on the concert title you wish to view below.
From Turf to Surf
Lára Hrönn Pétursdóttir , mezzo-sopranno & accordion; Skúli Gestsson, voice and 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 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.
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 of O. E. Vinje written in nynorsk stepped with elements of the Telemark dialect and selected lyric pieces for piano.
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 performers from the regional music collective, 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 Romantowski, 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 lived.
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 spirited 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 Edvig Grieg and Robert Schumann.
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!
January 22 at 4pm | Iceland
February 19 at 4pm | Norway
March 5 at 4pm | Sweden
April 2 at 4pm | Denmark
April 23 at 4pm | Finland
Come and be inspired by the values, traditions, art,
and spirit of the Nordic peoples.