The Complete Songs of Edvard Grieg 7: The Human Condition
Edvard Grieg — 5 Songs by Otto Benzon, Op. 69 (texts by Otto Benzon)
Edvard Grieg — 5 Songs, Op. 70 (texts by Otto Benzon)
Edvard Grieg — To a Devil, EG 154
Edvard Grieg — På Hamars ruiner ("On the ruins of Hamar"), EG 140
Edvard Grieg — Jenta ("The Lass"), EG 141
Edvard Grieg — Attegløyma ("The Forgotten Maid"), EG 142
Note: The September 13th performance of this program, which was abruptly halted by a fire alarm, will be rescheduled in full for September 14th at 7pm.
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, Op. 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, Ops. 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 of seven concerts presenting the complete songs of Edvard Grieg, sponsored by the Northwest Edvard Grieg Society.
Attending in person at Resonance at SOMA Towers: Proof of vaccination no longer required for entry. Guests are welcome to wear masks but not required to do so.
Attending in person at Nordia House: Please review Nordic Northwest's current COVID-19 Protocols before attending this event: https://www.nordicnorthwest.org/coronavirusinformation
About Alan Dunbar, baritone
Dr. Brian Dunbar, a native of St. Augustine, FL, enjoys performing as a soloist, orchestral performer, and chamber musician, in addition to his activities as a flute instructor. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts from Louisiana State University, Master of Music from the University of Michigan, and Bachelor of Music from Stetson University. Dr. Dunbar is the Assistant Professor of Flute at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Previously he held teaching positions at Southern University and A&M College, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Louisiana State University.http://alan-dunbar.com/