Saturday, March 28
Mindekirken Norwegian Lutheran Church
924 East 21st Street
A concert of new chamber works inspired by Norwegian folk music, written by Minnesota composer, Linda Tutas Haugen, will be presented at Mindekirken, on Saturday, March 28th, at 7:30 pm. The concert will include both original vocal and instrumental works, and the composer will introduce each piece. Highlights include two World Premiere settings of folk songs, one composed for mezzo soprano Clara Osowski, and the other for tenor Gary Ruschman, with pianist, Franco Holder. A chamber ensemble of clarinet and strings will also perform her beautiful and haunting Variations on a Norwegian Folk Tune.
Haugen received a 2014 Artist Initiative Award from the Minnesota State Arts Board to research and study Norwegian folk music. She is excited about bringing this music into the concert hall and the classical music repertoire. “Norwegian folk music is wonderfully unique and culturally rich,” said Haugen. “Considering that nearly 17% of Minnesotans have Norwegian ancestry, it is meaningful and relevant to explore this timeless music and to bring it to the foreground of innovative contemporary programming.”
During the past year, Haugen studied the relationship between Norwegian folk music and dance with Carol Sersland, ballads, stevs and songs with Arna Rennan, and kulokk (herding calls) with Peggy Larson. Each of these folk traditions is reflected in her new compositions, in a lyrical and rhythmically energetic style. Haugen’s music has been praised as “ music of character and genuine beauty,” and “superbly crafted, engaging, and powerful.”
Linda Tutas Haugen is a graduate of St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota where she received her M.A. in Music Composition. She has been composing professionally for over 25 years, and her music has been performed throughout the US and in Europe. Website links are http://lindatutashaugen.com, http://claraosowskimezzo.com, and http://www.ruschman.com.
A $10 donation is suggested at the door, all students are free!