The Programs


This program is a traditional summer gathering that Norway House has established to celebrate the rich culture and tradition of Norway. The Midtsommer celebration features the "GOING VIKING" awards.
Please Join us: June 22, 2017 at the Minneapolis Event Center. We have some wonderful live auction items and silent auction items. Stay tuned for more information.


The Peace Initiative reflects contemporary Norway's interest in world peace. The program features prominent speakers on peacemaking, promotes open dialogue around peacemaking.


Grieg Society of MN String Competition
The Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota inaugurated this new contest to promote and encourage young string players to explore and study the music of Edvard Grieg and other Nordic composers. Cash prizes of up to $1,500 and international performance opportunities in Norway are offered. An open-to-the public afternoon concert and prize award ceremony will take place 3:00 pm, Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Mindekirken.

The competition was open to all string players age 18-26, from or studying in the 5 state area of MN, ND, SD, IA, and WI.

These four performers were selected as finalists:

Vaughn Hommerding, viola - Drake University , Des Moines, IA
Elena Kolbrek, violin - University of MN, Minneapolis
Hannie McGarity, violin - St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
John Rose, violin - Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

Each performer will prepare an entire Grieg Sonata, a Grieg miniature or transcription, and a piece or movement by another Nordic composer. The competition will take place the morning of Sat. June 3, before a panel of three judges.

The 3:00 afternoon prize winners' concert, open to the public, will feature a variety of these works performed by all our finalists, including a complete sonata by our grand-prize-winner. (Suggested donation, $5.)

The grand prize winner will also perform in Bergen, Norway in late October of 2017 in connection with the seminar, "Romantic Piano Meets the Hardanger Fiddle: Edvard Grieg’s Chamber Works and Solo Piano Music," taking place at Grieg's home, Troldhaugen, and other locations near Bergen, Oct. 26-29, 2017.
Mindekirken – The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church, 924 E 21st Street, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Young professionals

Connect and grow your network while working to preserve and promote an appreciation and understanding of the Norwegian-American experience. Join this group of community-minded young leaders who share a passion for all things Norwegian.
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