Celebrate Norway: Demonstrations, Performances, and Reception

Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 12:30pm to 6:00pm
Sports & Fitness Center, Trinity Chapel, and Honsey Hall

Sunday, October 14: “Celebrate Norway” co-sponsored by Bethany and Sons of Norway – featuring program by Michael and Bonnie Jorgensen In honor of a shared Norwegian heritage, Bethany College and the local Sons of Norway Elvesvingen Lodge announce this third annual Norwegian Festival to be held on the Bethany campus on October 14. The festivities will include both free and ticketed events.

Doors to the Sports and Fitness Center will open at 12:30 p.m. with free admission as the Sons of Norway host food, dancing, and arts displays. Demonstrations will include a wide variety of foods from Norway, dancing performances, storytelling, traditional costumes, and Norwegian crafts such as rosemaling, wood carving, Christmas decorations, and jewelry. There will also be opportunities to purchase Norwegian crafts there. The demonstrations will continue until 3:30 p.m.

At 4:00 p.m. the festivities transfer to Bethany’s Trinity Chapel with a performance by Michael Jorgensen, baritone, accompanied at the piano by his wife, Bonnie Jorgensen. The duo will perform music by Theodora Cormontan and speak about her life in her native Norway and as an immigrant to Minnesota. Since rediscovering in 2011 over 150 manuscripts of compositions by the Norwegian-American composer, the Jorgensens have dedicated themselves to sharing Theodora’s life and music to everyone who is interested.  They gratefully acknowledge the support of the Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation in this endeavor.

Bonnie Jorgensen received degrees in both music and business administration from Indiana University, where she studied piano under Dr. Wallace Hornibrook.  For over twenty years she has served as staff accompanist for Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota and Minnesota State University in Mankato.  Michael Jorgensen received degrees in vocal performance from Indiana University, Northwestern University, and Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.  Michael serves as a Professor of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College where he teaches voice and other music-related subjects.This husband and wife team brings 35+ years of collaborative music-making experience to the keyboard and vocal works of Theodora Cormontan. 

The concert will be followed by a festive reception featuring authentic Norwegian open-faced sandwiches, a work of art in themselves. Advanced tickets are required for the concert and reception and are $15. Reservations may be made by telephone with Lois Jaeger at Bethany College, 507-344-7365. The deadline for reservations is Monday, October 1.