Mostly Nordic 2019

Chamber Music Series
Artistic Director Laura Loge

Series
Spring 2019

Nordic chamber music performed by acclaimed musicians from across the globe.

Welcome to the 24th season of the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series! This season package offers the best value for music lovers who wish to join us for a delightful journey through the five Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. We are also thrilled to announce a new component to the Mostly Nordic series, Nordic Neighbors, with a focus this year on Latvia.

Nordic Museum is so pleased to host our full 2019 Mostly Nordic season in our new home at 2655 NW Market Street in downtown Ballard. Our state-of-the-art auditorium, Osberg Hall, has been receiving rave reviews from music performers and concert attendees alike, and we know you're going to love the custom acoustics our facility now offers. Please be sure to come by the Museum early to check out our wondeful core and visitng exhibitions, and grab a drink and bite to eat at our acclaimed cafe Freya.

Looking forward to seeing you at Mostly Nordic!

finnish crossroads

January 6 at 4pm | Finland

 

Peteris Vasks: A Composer Portrait

February 10 at 2pm | Latvia

 

Afterquake

March 17 at 4pm | Iceland

 

ancient Melodies, Modern harmonies

April 14 at 5pm | Norway

 

Romantic Muse and Northern Spirit

May 5 at 4pm | Denmark

 

SONGS OF THE HEART

June 9 at 4pm | Sweden

Jan
06
Music

Finnish Crossroads

Finland

4pm

With a smörgåsbord of more than ten instruments, including a variety of different kanteles, the trio Soittorasia opens our season with a program of music spanning the folk and classical traditions of Finland. They will demonstrate the versatile beauty of the ancient kantele instruments, the creation of which is celebrated in the Kalevala and is often imitated in other musical works.

Soittorasia
Valerie Klemetti Blessley, kantele and woodwinds
Jennifer Pratt-Walter, harp, percussion and kantele
Elisa Määttänen-Boynton, kantele, violin and jouhikko

 

Jan
06
Jun
-09
Music

Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Season

Welcome to the 24th season of the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series! This season package offers the best value for music lovers who wish to join us for a delightful journey through the five Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. We are also thrilled to announce a new component to the Mostly Nordic series, Nordic Neighbors, with a focus this year on Latvia. Full program details below.

Nordic Museum is so pleased to host our full 2019 Mostly Nordic season in our new home at 2655 NW Market Street in downtown Ballard. Our state-of-the-art auditorium, Osberg Hall, has been receiving rave reviews from music performers and concert attendees alike, and we know you're going to love the custom acoustics our facility now offers. Please be sure to come by the Museum early to check out our wondeful core and visitng exhibitions, and grab a drink and bite to eat at our acclaimed cafe Freya.

Follow the link for details and to purchase your tickets for the entire Mostly Nordic Chamber Music 2019 series. 

January 6 - Finland
February 10- Latvia
March 17 - Iceland
April 14 - Norway
May 5 - Denmark
June 9 - Sweden

Feb
10
Music

Pēteris Vasks: A Composer Portrait

Nordic Neighbors: Latvia

2pm

Pēteris Vasks: A Composer Portrait
In conjunction with the Baltic Arts Northwest Council, we reach beyond the Nordic borders to explore the music of today’s most frequently performed living Latvian composer, Pēteris Vasks, who will attend the performance. His lyricism, influenced by nature and Latvian folk music and characterized by a heartfelt directness and honesty, will be expressed through music for flute, string quartet, contrabass, and vocal ensemble, performed by northwestern artists Paul Taub, the Skyros Quartet, and the Mägi Ensemble.

Featured in the program will be the United States premiere of a new version of Vask’s Plainscapes for women’s voices, violin and cello, inspired by the plains that are a dominant feature of the Latvian countryside.

Pēteris Vasks, composer
Paul Taub, flute
Travis Gore, contrabass
Skyros Quartet, string quartet
Mägi Ensemble, chamber vocal ensemble

Please note the 2pm start time of this concert!

Tickets for the entire concert series can be purchased here

Mar
17
Music

Afterquake

Iceland

4pm

Afterquake
International prize-winning and “charismatic” cellist, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir returns to collaborate with “fascinating, enthralling, magnetic” pianist Angelo Rondello, who has performed extensively all over the world. With a program of works from the immense flourishing and creativity in new music written in the decade after the economic crash of 2008, they will perform compositions by contemporary Icelandic composers Jón Nordal, Páll Ragnar Pállsson and Þuríður Jónsdóttir

Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, cello
Angelo Rondello, piano

Apr
14
Music

Ancient Melodies, Modern Harmonies

Norway

5pm

Ancient Melodies, Modern Harmonies

 

Ancient Norwegian stevtoner and folk songs meld with updated harmonies to create a timeless musical experience. Mostly Nordic favorite from Norway, Knut Erik Jensen returns to perform Klaus Egge's ethereal Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Seattle Philharmonic Strings under the direction of Adam Stern as well as Johan Kvandal's arrangements of stevtoner with soprano Laura Loge. The Seattle Philharmonic Strings will also perform works by Kvandal and his father, David Monrad Johansen, on the centennial of his birth.

 

Laura Loge, soprano

Knut Erik Jensen, piano

Seattle Philharmonic Strings, string chamber orchestra

Adam Stern, conductor

 

PLEASE NOTE THIS CONCERT BEGINS AT 5pm!

 

Tickets for the entire concert series can be purchased here

May
05
Music

Romantic Muse and Northern Spirit

Denmark

4pm

Romantic Muse and Northern Spirit

 

The Danish Clarinet Trio, who are also members of Ensemble MidtVest, have performed widely throughout Europe and the Americas and highlight well-known established masterworks for clarinet trio and also lesser-known Danish works. For even more variety and richness, they add two other members of Ensemble MidtVest to perform music by Niels Gade, Clara Schumann, Per Nørgaard and Johannes Brahms.

 

Danish Clarinet Trio and Ensemble MidtVest

Tommaso Lonquich, clarinet

Karolina Weltrowska, violin

Jonathan Slaatto, cello

Niel Page, french horn

Martin Qvist Hansen, piano

 

Tickets for the entire concert series can be purchased here.

Jun
09
Music

Songs of the Heart

Sweden

4pm

Songs of the Heart

 

Scandinavian song specialist hailed as a “force of nature,” soprano Anna Hersey will perform art songs by Swedish Romantic composers de Frumerie, Stenhammer, Rangström and Nyström. At the piano will be Seattle Opera's principal coach and one of Seattle's best collaborative pianists, David McDade. Together they promise to woo you into this beautiful, rapturous repertoire.

 

Anna Hersey, soprano

David McDade, piano

 

Tickets for the entire concert series can be purchased here.

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