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Iceland Kicks Off Mostly Nordic Music Series on February 10
Beginning on February 10, the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series and Smörgåsbord will bring musicians from the Nordic countries to Seattle.
January 31, 2013| Seattle, WA — The Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series and Smörgåsbord starts its 18th season next week with the first of five concerts that feature internationally and nationally acclaimed artists representing all the Nordic countries.
The first concert, on Sunday, February 10, is “Lava on Ice” focused on Iceland. The concert will showcase violinist Elfa Rún Kristinsdóttir from Iceland and Seattle pianist Deborah Dewey. Kristinsdóttir was the grand prize winner of the 2006 J. S. Bach Competition and was the concertmaster of Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. A Yale graduate, Dewey was the winner of the KMS Resident Artist competition. Together the two will present a program of Icelandic composers with a German twist and a touch of Baroque — Haflioi Hallgrimsson, Árni Björnsson, Schubert and Bach.
The next concert takes place on Sunday, March 10 and will feature the PKH Trio from Finland.Subsequent concerts will be on April 7, May 5, and June 2. See the full schedule below. Each of the concerts is presented in a dinner theatre format with a smörgåsbord of gourmet Nordic delicacies from the featured country. In addition, admission to all Nordic HeritageMuseum exhibits is free to concert-goers before each performance.
“This series is unique in all of North America,”says artistic director Lisa Bergman. “No other series presents such a spectrum of music history while remaining focused on only one of the five Nordic countries per event. These artists, who hail from all over the world, are true ambassadors of culture who are happy to mingle with audience members following the music.”
Single ticket prices are $45 for Museum Members, $50 for non-Members (including smörgåsbord) and concert-only tickets are $20 for Members, $25 for non-Members. Season tickets for all five concerts (including smörgåsbord) are $195 for Members and $215 for non-Members.
Tickets may be purchased through the Nordic HeritageMuseum by calling (206) 789-5707, ext.10. Or a ticket order from may be download from the Museum website at http://www.nordicmuseum.org/events.aspx#mostlynordic.
2013 Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series Concert Schedule:
Iceland: Sunday, February 10, 4:00 p.m
“Lava on Ice” Elfa Rún Kristinsdóttir, violinist from Iceland Deborah Dewey, pianist
Finland: Sunday, March 10, 4:00 p.m.
“Birch Bark and Bothnian Breezes”
The PKH Trio, from Finland
Multitalented musicians from Umeå and Luleå in Northern Sweden, Pia Karin Helsing (soprano, cello, violin), Görel Särs (accordion, piano, guitar), and Cay Nyqvist (clarinet, percussion, composer) present a program rooted in old music traditions of Swedish-speaking Ostrobothnia, Finland, with a magical blend of classical masterworks.
Denmark: Sunday April 7, 4:00 p.m.
“Drums and Dreams from the North”
The Pacific Rims Percussion Quartet Matt Kocmieroski, Gunnar Fulsom, Rob Tucker, Paul Hansen
Fantastic percussion sounds from this popular, award-winning ensemble featured in the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterworks project are ever-popular in festivals throughout the Pacific Northwest. The quartet presents a program of Danish sizzlers: Andy Pape and Peter Bruun, Finnish iconoclast Kaija Saariaho, and Morton Feldman’s “The King of Denmark.”
Sweden: Sunday, May 5, 4:00 p.m - EVENT CANCELLED
We regret to announce that due to performer illness, the Sweden Mostly Nordic concert on May 5 has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience, and look forward to seeing you for June's Norway concert.
“Songs of the Heart”
Lena Moén, soprano from Swedenmaking her U.S.debut! Lena Johnson, pianist from Sweden
Swedish soprano Lena Moén (born in Härjedalen, performs with the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, Tallin Baroque, and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra) joins Swedish pianist Lena Johnson (born in Jämtland, a graduate of the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and a frequent performer in such locales as London’s Royal Festival Hall) for a program of Swedish master composers Peterson-Berger, de Frumerie, Linde, Stenhammar, and a tip of the hat to Schubert.
Norway: Sunday, June 2, 4:00 p.m.
“Twenty Fingers Speak – A Powerful Partnership”
Inger-Kristine Riber from Norway Erika Lux from German Making their U.S.debut!
Norwegian-born pianist Inger-Kristine Riber, graduate of the Norwegian Music Academy and the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover, is joined by Hungarian-born pianist Erika Lux, a graduate of the Ferenc Liszt Academy in Budapest and prize winner in the Worldwide Piano Competition in Tokyo for this unusual one piano–four hands program, which includes pieces by Norwegian masters Grieg, Backer-Grøndahl, David Monrad Johansen, and Alf Hurum along with rarely heard works of Liszt and Wagner!
Sponsors for the 2013 Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series include Artsfund, 4Culture, the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Scan│Design Foundation by Inger & Jens Bruun, and the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.
About the Nordic HeritageMuseum
With over 55,000 visitors annually, the Nordic HeritageMuseum is a cultural treasure in the Pacific Northwest. It is the only museum in the United States that represents the cultural heritage of all five Nordic countries: Denmark,Finland, Iceland, Norwayand Sweden. The Museum’s mission is to share Nordic culture with people of all ages and backgrounds by exhibiting art and objects, preserving collections, providing educational and cultural experiences and serving as a community gathering place. The NordicHeritage Museumpresents a wide range of vibrant programs including contemporary art exhibitions, outstanding concerts, lectures and films and a variety of special events throughout the year.
Museum hours: Tues-Sat 10 am to 4 pm; Sun 12 noon to 4 pm; Mon closed
Admission: $6 general; $5 seniors & college students; $4 children over 5 years;
FREE for children under 5 and Museum members; free on first Thursdays
The Museum is located at 3014 NW 67th Street, Seattle, WA 98117.