The Edvard Grieg Society of the Great Lakes, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit, exists to celebrate the life, works, and culture of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) through musical performances, scholarly lectures and the sponsorship of young artist competitions throughout the Great Lakes region. For a variety of reasons, not least of which are language barriers and cultural misunderstandings, Grieg's repertoire remains mostly unknown in the United States: EGSOGL aims to transform the public awareness of Edvard Grieg and his Norwegian heritage.
The board members of the Edvard Grieg Society of the Great Lakes were brought together by a love for the legacy of composer Edvard Grieg and experience in the performance, scholarly research, and pedagogy of his music. The society became an official entity in May 2016, and the members of its board look forward to building on previous experience with Scandinavian music and culture, in collaboration with artists from Norway and other Grieg specialists as ambassadors for Grieg.
We are excited for new possibilities in bringing to life his music and culture to the American public, particularly in the Great Lakes region. For musicians, we hope to act as a resource for the study and performance of Grieg's music. For singers especially, we hope to demystify the difficulties of singing in the Norwegian language. For young people, we hope to introduce them to a lifetime of discovery in Grieg's magnificent repertoire. For all, we hope to illuminate Grieg's undeservedly unknown works (of which there are many), and celebrate the elements that make his music speak directly to the soul.
If you are interested in joining our campaign to share Grieg through the Great Lakes region by donating time, money, or expertise, please contact us at GreatLakesGrieg@gmail.com, or by visiting our CONTACT page. All financial donations are tax-deductible.
Mary Rose Norell