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Norwegian Odyssé

A collage of musicians
Nov 03
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Norwegian Odyssé
Nov 03, 2019
1:30pm - 3:30pm
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Join Seattle Modern Orchestra in a concert featuring living composers from Norway. From Rebecka Sofia Ahvenniemi's mystic sounds to Lasse Thoresen's meditation on Hagen (Garden), Knut Vaage's epic Odyssé, a re-composing of Grieg op. 54, to the kaleidoscopic piano trio SVEV, this concert offers a vast array of Norwegian contemporary music. We will be joined by the renown Valen Trio from Norway, soprano Laura Loge, composer Knut Vaage, and conductor Julia Tai. The concert is in collaboration with Northwest Edvard Grieg Society and Music Exchange International. For more information please visit, www.seattlemodernorchestra.org and www.nwegriegsociety.org.

Julia Tai, conductor
Laura Loge, soprano
Valen Trio - Einar Røttingen (piano), Ricardo Odriozola (violin) and John Ehde (cello)
Rebecka Sofia Ahvenniemi: L’operette D’amour 
Knut Vaage: SVEV for piano trio
Lasse Thoresen: Hagen (The Garden)
Anders Torgunrud Røshol: LIVORNO FRAGMENTS
Knut Vaage: ODYSSÉ a re-composing of Grieg op. 54

Valen Trio consists of John Ehde (cello), Einar Røttingen (piano) and Ricardo Odriozola (violin). Founded in 2009, the trio took its name after the Norwegian composer Fartein Valen. In addition to performing trios from the standard repertoire, Valen Trio actively commissions new trios and explores repertoire from the 19th and 20th Centuries that deserve to be better known. This profile is reflected in Valen Trio’s first CD release on LAWO with trios by Fartein Valen, Klaus Egge and Ketil Hvoslef, the latter trio being specially written for Valen Trio. The CD has received great critical acclaim; Klassisk musikkmagasin writes “An absolutely outstanding CD and one of the best of its kind that I have heard in a very long time” and Stavanger Aftenblad continues “This release sets a new standard for one of the most important works in Valen’s production...an outstanding release of Norwegian chamber music!”

Gramophone and Fanfare write respectively "The players’ ensemble and intonation are flawless and their understanding of each other and the repertoire highly impressive” and “they play Valen’s rhythmic, energetic music with love and great attention to detail and with the stylistic knowledge that comes from a serious study of the composer and knowledge of the culture in which he worked”. In 2013 Valen Trio did the first performance of Knut Vaage’s “In Movement” at the Bergen International Festival and in 2015 they toured Norway and Denmark with trios by Bohuslav Martinu, Antonin Dvorak and Edvard Grieg. Their next CD release on LAWO will present trios by Gabriel Faure and Max Reger.

Knut Vaage, born 1961, lives in Bergen where he works as a composer. He graduated as a pianist and composer from the Grieg Academy in Bergen. Vaage has worked in different styles of music, though concentrating on improvised and contemporary music. Many of Vaage's projects have investigated the boundaries between improvisation and composed music. Investigation of the acoustic/electronic hybrid-sound is another important topic in his music. Vaage’s production ranges from symphonic works and opera to solo pieces. His music is frequently performed at concerts and festivals in Norway and abroad.

Soprano Laura Loge has been hailed for her "luminous stage presence" and "characterful and versatile voice." Upcoming and current engagements include Pousette in Manon with Puget Sound Concert Opera, half of Grieg's Complete Songs with the Northwest Edvard Grieg Society and numerous Norwegian song concerts throughout the Northwest. Opera roles include Violetta (La Traviata), Musetta (La Bohème), Micaëla (Carmen), Mother (Hansel & Gretel), Ännchen (Der Freischütz), Lisa
(La Sonnambula), La Fée (Cendrillon), 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). She has performed as the soprano soloist in Mozart's Requiem, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Neilsen's Third Symphony, Fauré's Requiem, Grieg's Songs for Soprano and Orchestra, Schumann's Mass and Requiem, Handel's Messiah, and Verdi's Requiem. Laura specializes in Nordic art song, having performed across the United States and in Norway, including in Edvard Grieg's villa. She has produced two albums of Nordic song, including Breaking the Language Barrier: Songs in Norwegian and Danish, Composed by Foreigners and Songs and Piano Music of Edvard Grieg, Op. 33 & 66. Laura is the Artistic Director of the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series at the Nordic Museum and Founder and President of the Northwest
Edvard Grieg Society.

Founded in 2010, Seattle Modern Orchestra (SMO) is the only large ensemble in the Pacific Northwest solely dedicated to the performance of contemporary music. Led by co-Artistic Directors, Julia Tai, conductor, and Jeremy Jolley, composer, SMO develops groundbreaking, socially relevant concerts by commissioning and premiering new works from an international lineup of composers, and presenting important pieces from the 20th and 21st centuries that are rarely, if ever, heard by Seattle audiences. The ensemble “operates at that exciting cusp between old and new, between tradition and innovation” (Vanguard Seattle) curating new sounds and experiences for concert goers in the region.

Cost: $25 Members & NWEGS members; $30 general admission; $10 students (students, use "child" option to secure student price)

Norwegian Odyssé

Join Seattle Modern Orchestra in a concert featuring living composers from Norway. From Rebecka Sofia Ahvenniemi's mystic sounds to Lasse Thoresen's meditation on Hagen (Garden), Knut Vaage's epic Odyssé, a re-composing of Grieg op. 54, to the kaleidoscopic piano trio SVEV, this concert offers a vast array of Norwegian contemporary music. We will be joined by the renown Valen Trio from Norway, soprano Laura Loge, composer Knut Vaage, and conductor Julia Tai. The concert is in collaboration with Northwest Edvard Grieg Society and Music Exchange International. For more information please visit, www.seattlemodernorchestra.org and www.nwegriegsociety.org.

Julia Tai, conductor
Laura Loge, soprano
Valen Trio - Einar Røttingen (piano), Ricardo Odriozola (violin) and John Ehde (cello)
Rebecka Sofia Ahvenniemi: L’operette D’amour 
Knut Vaage: SVEV for piano trio
Lasse Thoresen: Hagen (The Garden)
Anders Torgunrud Røshol: LIVORNO FRAGMENTS
Knut Vaage: ODYSSÉ a re-composing of Grieg op. 54

Valen Trio consists of John Ehde (cello), Einar Røttingen (piano) and Ricardo Odriozola (violin). Founded in 2009, the trio took its name after the Norwegian composer Fartein Valen. In addition to performing trios from the standard repertoire, Valen Trio actively commissions new trios and explores repertoire from the 19th and 20th Centuries that deserve to be better known. This profile is reflected in Valen Trio’s first CD release on LAWO with trios by Fartein Valen, Klaus Egge and Ketil Hvoslef, the latter trio being specially written for Valen Trio. The CD has received great critical acclaim; Klassisk musikkmagasin writes “An absolutely outstanding CD and one of the best of its kind that I have heard in a very long time” and Stavanger Aftenblad continues “This release sets a new standard for one of the most important works in Valen’s production...an outstanding release of Norwegian chamber music!”

Gramophone and Fanfare write respectively "The players’ ensemble and intonation are flawless and their understanding of each other and the repertoire highly impressive” and “they play Valen’s rhythmic, energetic music with love and great attention to detail and with the stylistic knowledge that comes from a serious study of the composer and knowledge of the culture in which he worked”. In 2013 Valen Trio did the first performance of Knut Vaage’s “In Movement” at the Bergen International Festival and in 2015 they toured Norway and Denmark with trios by Bohuslav Martinu, Antonin Dvorak and Edvard Grieg. Their next CD release on LAWO will present trios by Gabriel Faure and Max Reger.

Knut Vaage, born 1961, lives in Bergen where he works as a composer. He graduated as a pianist and composer from the Grieg Academy in Bergen. Vaage has worked in different styles of music, though concentrating on improvised and contemporary music. Many of Vaage's projects have investigated the boundaries between improvisation and composed music. Investigation of the acoustic/electronic hybrid-sound is another important topic in his music. Vaage’s production ranges from symphonic works and opera to solo pieces. His music is frequently performed at concerts and festivals in Norway and abroad.

Soprano Laura Loge has been hailed for her "luminous stage presence" and "characterful and versatile voice." Upcoming and current engagements include Pousette in Manon with Puget Sound Concert Opera, half of Grieg's Complete Songs with the Northwest Edvard Grieg Society and numerous Norwegian song concerts throughout the Northwest. Opera roles include Violetta (La Traviata), Musetta (La Bohème), Micaëla (Carmen), Mother (Hansel & Gretel), Ännchen (Der Freischütz), Lisa
(La Sonnambula), La Fée (Cendrillon), 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). She has performed as the soprano soloist in Mozart's Requiem, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Neilsen's Third Symphony, Fauré's Requiem, Grieg's Songs for Soprano and Orchestra, Schumann's Mass and Requiem, Handel's Messiah, and Verdi's Requiem. Laura specializes in Nordic art song, having performed across the United States and in Norway, including in Edvard Grieg's villa. She has produced two albums of Nordic song, including Breaking the Language Barrier: Songs in Norwegian and Danish, Composed by Foreigners and Songs and Piano Music of Edvard Grieg, Op. 33 & 66. Laura is the Artistic Director of the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series at the Nordic Museum and Founder and President of the Northwest
Edvard Grieg Society.

Founded in 2010, Seattle Modern Orchestra (SMO) is the only large ensemble in the Pacific Northwest solely dedicated to the performance of contemporary music. Led by co-Artistic Directors, Julia Tai, conductor, and Jeremy Jolley, composer, SMO develops groundbreaking, socially relevant concerts by commissioning and premiering new works from an international lineup of composers, and presenting important pieces from the 20th and 21st centuries that are rarely, if ever, heard by Seattle audiences. The ensemble “operates at that exciting cusp between old and new, between tradition and innovation” (Vanguard Seattle) curating new sounds and experiences for concert goers in the region.

Cost: $25 Members & NWEGS members; $30 general admission; $10 students (students, use "child" option to secure student price)

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