When more than 500 people gathered at the Nordic Heritage Museum on July 26, standing vigil for those killed in the recent Norway attacks, the outpouring of support was overwhelming. Sadness mingled with solidarity as people tried to come to grips with the worst tragedy the nation had seen since Nazi occupation during WWII. It “hit Norway in its gut, just like it did here after the Oklahoma bombing and September 11th,” Kim Nesselquist, honorary counsul for Norway, told the crowd (via The Seattle Times). Mourners traveled to Ballard, the center of the region’s Scandinavian community, from as far as Oregon and British Columbia. It was an emotional display of community and camaraderie, “the same determination” that helped rebuild Norway after WWII, said Nesselquist.
Now local musicians are rallying to show their support. On August 14, the Nordic Heritage Museum will host a free memorial concert, Alt for Norge, with music that’s meant to “begin to heal” those affected by this attack but live far from home. Seattle-area sopranos Laura Loge and Signe Mortensen and Norwegian pianist Knut Erik Jensen have put together the afternoon’s program, which includes works by famous Scandinavian composers (Carl Nielsen, Edvard Grieg, Christian Sinding, and Eyvind Alnaes), selections by Rachmaninoff, arrangements of Norwegian folk tunes, and an original piece by Jensen dedicated to the victims of the attack. Voluntary donations will be accepted to support the Norwegian Red Cross.
“Alt for Norge” is August 14 at 2pm at the Nordic Heritage Museum. For more info, visit nordicmuseum.org.