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Feb. 1, 2007

Norwegian Musicians Will Present Recitals, Master Classes At UI Feb. 12-14

Flutist Gro Sandvik, a University of Iowa visiting faculty member from Norway, and Norwegian pianist Einar Røttingen will present recitals and master classes Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 12-14, as part of the ongoing UI Scandinavian/Nordic Fest, a month-long series of events celebrating Scandinavian and Nordic music and culture

The week of Feb. 12 through 18 will also feature the screening of a film by Swedish director Ingmar Bergman and a collaboration between the UI Maia String Quartet and the UI Department of Dance. A complete schedule of Scandinavian/Nordic Fest events is available at

The festival, most of it taking place during February, was initiated by the Maia Quartet, the string quartet-in-residence at the UI School of Music. Consequently, most events feature musical performances or have a strong musical component.

Røttingen, a music professor at the Grieg Academy at the University of Bergen, will open the week's events with a solo recital of music by Norwegian composers, at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, in Clapp Recital Hall. During his visit to the UI Røttingen will also:

--teach a chamber music master class at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building;

--teach a piano master class immediately afterwards, at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, also in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building; and

--collaborate with Sandvik in a concert of Norwegian music for flute and piano, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, in Clapp Recital Hall.

All four events will be free and open to the public.

For his Feb. 12 recital, Røttingen will play works by Edvard Grieg and three 20th-century Norwegian composers who are not well known to American audiences:

-- Variations, op.23, by Fartein Valen (1887-1952);

-- "Easy Pieces," op.14,by Harald Sæverud (1897-1992);

-- Grieg's "Ballade in form of variations on a Norwegian folk tune," op.24; and

-- Sonata No. 29, op.129 ("etere"), by Geirr Tveitt (1908-1981)

On Feb. 14, Sandvik and Røttingen will include works by Grieg, Sæverud and Tveitt, and add two other Norwegian composers to the list. The complete program will be:

-- selections from Tveitt's "100 Folk Tunes from Hardanger," arranged for flute and piano by the performers;

-- Sonatina for flute and piano, op. 61, by Sverre Jordan (1889-1972);

-- "Hidden Music" by Jostein Stalheim (born in 1960);

-- Sandvik and Røttingen's arrangement of Grieg's Violin Sonata No. 1 in F major; and

-- their arrangements of three works by Sæverud: "Little Bird's Waltz," "Solveig Sings" from music for "Peer Gynt," and "Tvinnan" from music for "Peer Gynt."

Røttingen is professor and head of the masters program in performance at the Grieg Academy, Department of Music at the University of Bergen. He has received the City of Bergen Cultural Prize for his outstanding work as musician and teacher. At the Bergen International Festival he also was awarded the Robert Levin Festival Prize for his recordings of Sæverud's piano music.

In 2005 Røttingen was soloist with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in the first performance of Knut Vaage's Piano Concerto "The Gardens of Hokkaido." His recent solo CD "Norwegian Variations" was chosen as Selection of the Month in International Piano and awarded Record of the Year 2005 by the Grieg Society of Great Britain. The recording is part of a newly finished doctoral project, "Establishing a Norwegian Piano Tradition."

Sandvik has served as solo flutist in the Bergen Philharmonic since 1967. She has an active career as soloist and chamber music performer, which includes premiere performances of works written especially for her as well as the Scandinavian premier of John Corigliano's Concerto for Flute. She also teaches on the faculty of the Grieg Academy at the University of Bergen. She is visiting professor of flute in the UI School of Music for the academic year 2006/2007. See:

The Scandinavian/Nordic Fest is a collaborative project of the Maia Quartet and other campus organizations, including the UI School of Music, the Department of Dance, the Department of Theatre Arts and the School of Art and Art History.

Details of all Scandinavian/Nordic Fest events, including times, locations and programs, may be found at

Events in the Scandinavian/Nordic Fest are supported in part by grants from the University of Iowa/Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program, Humanities Iowa, Iowa Arts Council and Chamber Music America.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072; cell: 319-541-2846;

A PHOTOGRAPH of Gro Sandvik may be downloaded at

OTHER INFORMATION: The full schedule of Scandinavian/Nordic Fest events during the week of Feb. 12-18 will be:


-- 8 p.m., Clapp Recital Hall. Einar Røttingen, piano.


-- 12:30 p.m., Harper Hall, Voxman Music Building. Chamber music master class by Einar Røttingen. Free.

-- 1:30 p.m., Harper Hall, Voxman Music Building. Piano master class by Einar Røttingen. Free.

-- 7 p.m., Room 240, Art Building West. Ingmar Bergman's "Winter Light," with live music. (For more information, see:


-- 8 p.m., Clapp Recital Hall. Gro Sandvik, flute, and Einar Røttingen, piano.


-- 8 p.m., Space/Place Theater. "Dances with the Maia," featuring the UI Dance Company with the Maia Quartet.


-- 10:30 a.m., Iowa City Public Library. Hans Christian Andersen Family Concert with the Maia Quartet, Jody Hovland and Kidspectacular.

-- 8 p.m., Space/Place Theater. "Dances with the Maia."


-- 3 p.m., Space/Place Theater. "Dances with the Maia."

Tickets for "Dances with Maia" will be available at the University Box Office in the Iowa Memorial Union. All other events are free.