Concert: Nordic Voices
When: Saturday, March 16, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Pre-concert chat at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Bremerton Performing Arts Center, 1500 13th St, Bremerton WA 98337
Tickets: $24 adult / $19 senior & military / $8 youth & student
Concert Co-Sponsors: Agency Insurance Center – Pat Patterson and April Fleming; Edward Jones – Todd Tidball and Jim Thatcher
Call (360) 373-1722 to purchase advance tickets.
Our Nordic Voices concert celebrates the Norwegian heritage of Kitsap County. The persistence of such organizations as the Sons of Norway and the Norwegian Men’s Chorus attest to the lasting cultural impact that Norwegian immigrants have made to our region. This concert will reinforce and reinvigorate this cultural heritage by presenting music sung in Norwegian. In addition, both the concert and the pre-concert chat will feature traditional Hardanger fiddles which were brought to Kitsap County in the 19th Century.
Performances of Edvard Grieg’s music with Henrik Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt invariably engender great linguistic debates. Ibsen’s text is not in the Nynorsk of West Norway, nor the modern Bokmål of Oslo, but rather in a slightly archaic dialect sometimes called Dano-Norwegian, which has been described by Norwegian patriots as “bowing to the language of the Danish oppressors”. Ironically, many of the 19th Century Norwegian immigrants to the United States spoke this same dialect. This performance will include some of Ibsen’s spoken dialogue for Peer Gynt, Solveig, The Mountain King’s Daughter, and the three Trolls.
Soprano Rebekah Kenote AuYeung is the perfect soloist to perform this repertoire as she personally embodies this tradition. Rebekah’s family, up to her parents’ generation, still spoke and read the Norwegian language.
Ms. Kenote AuYeung, who gained prominence last season by performing in the New York Philharmonic chamber series, will also join the Bremerton Symphony for the finale of Gustav Mahler’s luminous Symphony #4 and in two of the most exquisite pieces ever penned for the female voice; the final songs of Richard Strauss.