Sonja Thompson & Maria Jette
The Discreet Nightingale
Songs of Edvard Grieg
Fri Apr 25, 7:30-9:30 pm
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
Grace Serbu
Concert Sponsor
The Eye Center
Shedd Presenting Sponsor
Grace Serbu
Concert Sponsor
The Eye Center
Shedd Presenting Sponsor
The Eye Center
Shedd Presenting Sponsor
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The Shedd Institute’s favorite soprano Maria Jette is joined by pianist Sonja Thompson for another very special evening of art music in to The Jaqua Concert Hall. This time Maria outdoes herself again with a wonderful evening of beautiful but rarely-heard songs by Edvard Grieg.

2007 marked the centenary of his death, but most Americans (even most American musicians!) don't know much about Norway's most famous composer, Edvard Grieg (1943-1907). There's the piano concerto, which has been heard in movies, commercials and cartoons as often as the concert hall, and perhaps In the Hall of the Mountain King. But who knew that he wrote over 180 songs? Songs are probably his greatest musical legacy, but Grieg's are rarely heard outside Norway, presumably because of the complexities of the Norwegian languages (yes, there are two official languages).

There's a bit of everything in the music: simple folk-like melodies with spare and haunting harmonies, and subtle impressionistic writing that's as French as anything Debussy was writing at the time. Grieg had excellent taste in poetry, and his songs are a wonderful voyage through the landscape and soul of Norway, a country of long summer nights, trolls, fjords, and love-- both repressed, and triumphant! His masterpiece, Haugtussa, is a cycle drawn from Arne Garborg's poetic novel about a strange magical girl who lives in the mountains and can communicate with the supernatural creatures all around her, which only she can see. There's nothing like it in the Western song repertoire, because there's nobody else like Edvard Grieg!

Event Personnel
Maria Jette, soprano
Program
 Peer Gynt, op. 23
(1874)
Music: Edvard Grieg
 Solveigs Sang
(1874)
Music: Edvard Grieg
 Barnlige Sange, op. 61
Music: Edvard Grieg
 Havet - The Sea
Music: Edvard Grieg
 Sang til Juletræet - Song to the Christmas Tree
Music: Edvard Grieg
 Lok - Call
Music: Edvard Grieg
 Fiskervise - Fisherman’s song
Music: Edvard Grieg
 Kveldsang for Blakken - Evening song for Blakken
Music: Edvard Grieg
 De norske Fjelde - The Norwegian mountains
Music: Edvard Grieg
 Fædrelandssalme - Hymn to the Fatherland
Music: Edvard Grieg
 Sex Digte af Henrik Ibsen, op. 25
Music: Edvard Grieg
 Spillemænd - Minstrels
Music: Edvard Grieg
 En Svane - A swan
Music: Edvard Grieg
 Sechs Lieder, op. 48
Music: Edvard Grieg
 Fire Digte af Bjørnsons Fiskerjenten, op. 21
Music: Edvard Grieg
 Haugtussa. Sang-cyklus af Arne Garborgs Fortælling, op. 67
Music: Edvard Grieg


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The Discreet Nightingale Ticket Prices
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AA30.00  25.50  24.00  22.50  15.00 
A24.00  20.50  19.25  18.00  12.00 
B20.00  17.00  16.00  15.00  10.00 
O20.00  17.00  16.00  15.00  10.00 
Jaqua Concert Hall
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Eugene, Oregon
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