This concert explores the kaleidoscopic colors of Norwegian music. A contemporary of Grieg, Agathe Backer-Grøndahl was considered Norway’s most prominent pianist of her time and wrote over 400 compositions. Her Scherzo for Orchestra was one of her earlier compositions and is full of energy and imagination. Inspired by Norwegian folk poems, David Monrad Johansen‘s Seven Songs (Syv Sange) employs impressionistic techniques to depict the mythical nature of the Norwegian folklore. The concert will finish with Grieg’s beloved Holberg Suite.
Agathe Backer-Grøndahl: Scherzo for Orchestra
David Monrad Johansen: Syv Sange, Op. 6 (arr. Adam Stern)
Grieg: Holberg Suite
Soprano Laura Loge has been hailed for her “luminous stage presence” and “characterful and versatile voice.” Opera roles include Violetta (La Traviata), Musetta (La Bohème), Micaëla (Carmen), Ännchen (Der Freischütz), Lisa (La Sonnambula), La Fée (Cendrillon), Pousette (Manon), Heron, Raven & Eagle (Our Earth), Lucy (The Telephone), Guadalena and Ninetta (La Perichole), Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Second Lady (Magic Flute), Goddess Diana (Iphigénie en Aulide), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica) and Miss Silverpeal (The Impresario). On the concert stage she has performed as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Incidental Music to Egmont, Nielsen’s Symphony no. 3, Fauré’s Requiem, Grieg’s Songs for Soprano and Orchestra and Peer Gynt, Schumann’s Mass and Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Verdi’s Requiem. She has appeared with the Seattle Opera, Puget Sound Opera, Rimrock Opera, Intermountain Opera, Northwest Opera in Schools, Etc., Puget Sound Concert Opera, Boston Opera Collaborative, Longwood Opera, Icicle Creek Music Center, Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series, Second City Chamber Music Series, Thaliah Symphony, Wenatchee Valley Symphony, Seattle Modern Orchestra, Sammamish Symphony, Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Bremerton Symphony, Masterworks Chorale and Orchestra as well as numerous concerts and recitals.
Additionally, Ms. Loge specializes in Nordic art song which she has performed across the United States and in Norway. She sang several times for and was the Honorary Marshal for Ballard’s syttende mai parade, was the featured soloist at the Scandinavian Cultural Center’s Greater Tacoma Peace Prize banquet and the Ballard Sons of Norway. She organized and presented memorial concerts in Seattle, Washington D. C. and New York City in response to the 2011 terror attack in Norway, has performed Songs for Soprano and Orchestra by Edvard Grieg, has been featured frequently in the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series, has given numerous recitals at the Nordic Heritage Museum and other venues around Seattle, and appeared on the radio broadcasts, Live By George and Northwest Focus Live. She has released two CDs entitled, Breaking the Language Barrier: Songs in Norwegian and Danish, Composed by Foreigners, and Songs & Piano Music of Edvard Grieg; Op. 33 & 66. She performed in Edvard Grieg’s villa in Bergen, Norway as part of the 2015 International Workshop on the Songs of Edvard Grieg. She is the Artistic Director of the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series in Seattle and Founder and President of the Northwest Edvard Grieg Society, with whom she has performed half of Edvard Grieg’s 180 songs.
Ms. Loge was the Norwegian expert, translating, phonetically transliterating and recording texts of sixteen songs for a new three volume anthology of Nordic songs entitled Midnight Sun, compiled and edited by Mimmi Fulmer of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, published by Subito Music. She gives presentations, workshops, and masterclasses on Norwegian lyric diction and song repertoire to students of all ages.
Current and upcoming engagements are currently on hold due to COVID-19. Concerts are in the works for when we are able to perform live again, including Peer Gynt with the Thalia Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Edvard Grieg Society, and Choir of the Sound, and the final Complete Songs concert with Northwest Edvard Grieg Society. In the mean time, Laura will be appearing in several virtual concerts with the Northwest Edvard Grieg Society.
Ms. Loge received her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from St. Olaf College. She was awarded a full scholarship to study Scandinavian art song at the University of Stavanger Conservatory of Music in Norway, studied Italian bel canto technique and repertoire with Signora Rosanna Lippi in Italy, and as a student of Edward Zambara, she received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory.