Date: Sunday, September 21, 2014 4:00 PM
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Category: Performance

Opening of Edvard Grieg Society’s 2014-15 Season: Maria Jette, Jill Olson Moser & Sonja Thompson

A trio of renowned Twin Cities artists will open The Edvard Grieg Society’s 2014-15 concert season.

Maria Jette, soprano, violinist Jill Olson Moser, and pianist Sonja Thompson will present a program of music by Edvard Grieg on Sunday afternoon, September 21st at 4:00 P.M. at Mindekirken (The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church), 924 E. 21st Street, Minneapolis. The program consists of all-Grieg compositions with the exception of Three Norwegian Folk Tunes by distinguished composer Carol Barnett, commissioned by Marian Hoffman and Shirley Lillehaugen Santoro.

Highlights of the program include several compositions for voice, two solo pieces for piano, and Sonata #1 in F Major for violin. The program will also feature Grieg’s song cycle, The Mountain Maid (Haugtussa), and Carol Barnett’s Three Norwegian Folk Songs

Maria Jette, soprano, has appeared with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, New York Chamber Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra; the Symphonies of Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Grand Rapids, Kansas City, Charlotte, Santa Rosa and Buffalo; Vocalessence (formerly The Plymouth Music Series of Minnesota), the Handel Choir of Baltimore, Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, and Los Angeles Master Chorale; and with original instrument ensembles Angelica Cantanti, Portland Baroque Orchestra and The Lyra Baroque Orchestra. Her 45+ operatic roles range from Monteverdi's Poppea and Handel's Cleopatra through Mozart's Pamina, Countess and Fiordiligi, many of them with the late, lamented Ex Machina Antique Music Theatre in the Twin Cities. With The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, she starred as the Mrs. in the May 2002 premiere of Garrison Keillor's operatic excursion, Mr. and Mrs. Olson. Her lengthy list of premieres includes song cycles by British composers Geoffrey Bush, John Gardner and Ian Kellam, and choral works with extended soprano solos by Judith Weir and John Gardner; and chamber works, songs and cycles by Dominick Argento, Randall Davidson, David Evan Thomas, Steve Heitzeg, David John Olsen, Russell Platt, Nancy Grundahl and Janika Vandervelde. For her service to new music in the Twin Cities, she was awarded a life membership with the American Composers Forum. 

Violinist Jill Olson Moser performs extensively as an orchestral and chamber musician in the Twin Cities. She is a regular substitute with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Minnesota Opera Orchestra. Jill is a founding member of the Hennepin String Quartet. Prior to performing in the Twin Cities, Jill was the Concertmaster of the Bismarck- Mandan Symphony and the Fargo-Moorhead Opera Orchestra. A devoted educator, Jill has an active Suzuki violin studio and is on the faculty of Gustavus Adolphus College. 

Pianist Sonja Thompson is active as a performer, educator and vocal coach. A graduate of The Juilliard School, she has appeared locally and nationally in a wide variety of performance settings with both singers and instrumentalists. In addition to performing, Ms. Thompson is Assistant Professor of Music at Augsburg College and Assistant Music Director at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis. Recent activities include providing musical direction for The Threepenny Opera with the Frank Theater, and Berlin to Broadway with the Skylark Opera. 

The Edvard Grieg Society, founded in 2005, is a program of Norway House. Its mission is to promote the music of Edvard Grieg, Norway’s greatest composer, as well as other Nordic composers by presenting concerts and other cultural events that showcase artists of the highest caliber. Norway House is a non-profit organization that seeks to build bridges between the United States and contemporary Norway through business and cultural activities.

— Remaining concerts on the Edvard Grieg Society’s 2014-15 season —

Friday, October 10, 2014 • 7:30 P.M.

Jon Faukstad, accordion , Andrea Een, Hardanger fiddle

(co-sponsored with Mindekirken for Leiv Eriksson International Festival)

Friday, February 13, 2015 • 7:30 P.M.

Laura Loge, soprano with Scott Anderson, clarinet and Katherine Ananda-Owens, piano

Friday, April 24, 2015 • 7:30 P.M.

SCHAAFRITZ Kristin Holritz, flute andJosh Holritz, violin Timothy Lovelace, piano

All concerts take place at Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church, 924 E. 21st St., Minneapolis • • 612-871-2211

~ TICKET INFORMATION ~ All concerts are $20.00 except for the Leiv Eriksson October 10th concert which is $10.00 • A Season Ticket can be purchased for $60.00



Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church
924 E. 21st Street
Minneapolis, MN
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