For our final concert of the Complete Songs of Edvard Grieg will bring all three artists together to perform some of Grieg’s most poignant songs to texts by A. O. Vinje and Otto Benzon. Soprano Laura Loge will sing Grieg’s beloved Vinje Songs opus 33 plus a few posthumously published songs and baritone Alan Dunbar will sing Grieg’s two final sets of songs with texts by Otto Benzon, opuses 69 and 70. Grieg’s songs to Vinje texts bring into perspective his fascination with the complexity of the human condition, highlighting the dichotomy set forth in Vinje’s poetry. The Benzon songs bring us into Grieg’s last and most experimental period of his composition career, hinting at what would have come had he lived another twenty years: impressionism and expressionism. Of course, Knut Erik Jensen will return to amaze us all with his virtuosity and amazing subtlety, perfectly suited to Grieg’s musical style.
This is the final concert of seven over three years presenting the complete songs of Edvard Grieg, sponsored by the Northwest Edvard Grieg Society.
About Laura Loge
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 […]
About Knut Erik Jensen
Acclaimed for both the probity of his performances and musical versatility, Norwegian pianist Knut Erik Jensen has delighted audiences throughout Europe and America. A prolific recitalist, he has given over 150 performances throughout the United States and Canada since 2007. An authority on the music of Edvard Grieg, Mr. Jensen is the featured soloist in […]
About Alan Dunbar
Baritone, Alan Dunbar is a versatile performer, lauded for his beautiful tone and his nuanced musical and textual interpretation. He was heard most recently as Papageno in Madison Opera’s production of The Magic Flute, and as the bass soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion with Voices of Ascension. Past performances and accolades include a staged version […]