Jorgensen Music


Welcome to Michael and Bonnie Jorgensen's website

 

Featuring extensive information about:

Theodora Cormontan (1840-1922),

Norwegian-American composer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Concerts


2018 (tentative concerts):
 
Saturday, May 5:  Nordic Fest at historic Ness Church, 24040 580th Ave., Litchfield, MN.  7:30 p.m.
 
Saturday, August 11: Hallinglag Stevne at Deborah Lutheran Church, Deborah, Iowa.  2 p.m.
 
Monday, September 17: Owatonna Sons of Norway, Trinity Lutheran Church in Owatonna, MN. 7 p.m.
 

 

 



Recent Concerts

Past Theodora Cormontan presentations:
 
 2017:
 
Sunday, October 22: Windom Sons of Norway.  Our "More Theodora" concert at American Lutheran Church, 906 Prospect Avenue in Windom, MN.  The presentation begins at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

 
Thursday, September 28: Kenyon Sons of Norway.  Our "More Theodora" concert at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 309 Forest Street in Kenyon, MN.  The performance follows a 6 p.m. meeting and is free and open to the public.
 
Monday, September 11: Vining Sons of Norway.  Concert at Vining Community Center, 211 Soule St. in Vining, MN.  7 pm performance.  Free and open to the public.
 
Thursday, September 7: La Crosse, WI Sons of Norway.  Our "More Theodora" concert.  Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 612 Division Street in La Crosse.  7 p.m. performance.  Free and open to the public.
 
Tuesday, May 16: Part of Norwegian Heritage Week in Thief River Falls, MN.  The presentation takes place at 7 p.m. in the Northland Community and Technical College theater.
 
Tuesday, April 11: Watonwan County Historical Society Annual Meeting. First Presbyterian Church in St. James, MN.  Dinner at 6:30 pm, performance at 7:30.  This is a ticketed event.  Tickets may be secured by contacting the Historical Society.
  
Saturday, April 8: Hutchinson Sons of Norway at Faith Lutheran Church, 335 Main Street South in Hutchinson.  Our "More Theodora" concert will start at 7 p.m.  
Tuesday, February 21: Waconia Sons of Norway.   Our "More Theodora" concert at Faith Lutheran Church, 800 Waconia Parkway in Waconia, MN.  Theprogram starts at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
 
2016:
Satruday, November 12:  Return engagement for Mankato Sons of Norway featuring our "More Theodora" concert at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 720 S. 2nd St. in Mankato.  After a lodge meeting the concert will begin about 6:30 p.m.  The public is welcome to this free concert.
Tuesday, October 18: Our "More Theodora" concert for the Tuesday Club in St. James, MN.
 
SundaySeptember 25: Our "More Theodora" concert at 2:30 pm in Bjorling Recital Hall at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN.  Free and open to the public.
 
Sunday, September 18:  Annual Service at Fort Ridgely and Dale Lutheran Church on 430th St. off of MN 19 between Fairfax and Franklin, MN, 2 p.m.  We will be offering our premiere performance of a hymn composed by Cormontan on January 6, 1894, while she was a member of the congregation and their church musician.
 
Friday, September 9: Fosston, MN Arts Center, 403 N. Foss Ave. in Fosston. 7:00 pm.  This will be our original Cormontan concert with information about Theodora's "Fosston connection": her brother Magnus and his son Evan, both of whom lived in Fosston.  The concert will be preceded by a Scandinavian Dessert Buffet.  Open to the public.
 
Saturday, September 10:  Winnipeg, Canada at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on 637 Buckingham Road in Winnipeg, 7:30 pm.  This will be our original Cormontan presentation with some information about our trip to Norway in 2015.  Public invited--$15.00 admission (cash) at the door.
  
Sunday, June 26: A special "More Theodora" concert at the original Aase Haugen Home where Theodora Cormontan lived the last five years of her life.  Time: 3:00 pm.  Location: a few miles west of Decorah, Iowa.  Take Highway 9 west out of Decorah. Turn left at Dry Run Rd. (past the John Deere dealership), then left again on South Bear Rd.  Address: 2248 South Bear Road, Decorah.  Public welcome. Admission is free.  
 
Thursday, June 16:  Return engagement to Canby Sons of Norway, featuring our "More Theodora" concert.  The presentation takes place at 7 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church on the corner of Haarfager and 2nd Street just of US 75 (110 Haarfager Avenue North).  The public is invited.  A free will donation will be solicited for the Canby Theater Development Project.
 
Sunday, May 15: Return engagement to St. Cloud Sons of Norway.  Location: Atonement Lutheran Church, 1144 North 29th Avenue.  Public welcome.  Concert and dinner $25 at the door.  4 pm concert. This is our new "More Theodora" concert featuring mostly new repertoire and some music by composers who influenced Cormontan, including Edvard Grieg. 
 
2015:
 
Tuesday, October 27 - Return engagement to the Winona Sons of Norway.  Location: Central Lutheran Church, 259 W. 6ht Street at Huff Street in Winona, MN.  7 pm.  Free and open to the public. 
 
Saturday, September 19 - Pauline Fjelde Daughters of Norway Lodge in Minneapolis.  University Lutheran Church, 601 13th Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN.  10 a.m. presentation.
 
Sunday, September 20 - Lake Hanska Lutheran Church in Hanska, MN.  Address: 17923 115th Street in Hanska.  7 p.m. presentation.  Free and open to the public.
 
Saturday, August 22 - 69th annual Danebod Folk School meeting in Tyler, MN.
 
Sunday, June 28 - Benefit concert for Palmyra Lutheran Church at the junction of Renville County roads 4 & 3 north of Fairfax.  2 pm concert with an ice cream social after.  This is one of the beautiful churches that Theodora served as a church musician in the 1890's.  A free-will offering will be taken to support the continuing restoration/upkeep of the church.  Please plan to attend!
 
Friday, June 5 - Western Norway Emigration Museum (Vestnorsk utvandringssenter) north of Bergen, Norway.
 
Tuesday, June 2 - Ælvespeilet kulturhus in Porsgrunn, Norway.
 
Sunday, May 31 - The Aust-Agder Cultural History Museum (KUBEN) in Arendal, Norway.
 
Thursday, May 28 - The National Library (Nasjonalbiblioteket) in Oslo, Norway.
 
Sunday, May 17 - St. Cloud Sons of Norway.  Location: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4310 Co. Rd. 137.  3 pm performance followed by Norwegian desserts.  Open to the public.
 
Thursday, May 7 - La Crosse, WI Sons of Norway.  Location: North Presbyterian Church, 1327 N. Salem Rd. in LaCrosse.  7 pm concert.
 
Saturday/Sunday, March 28-29 - 100th anniversary celebration of the Aase Haugen Home in Decorah, Iowa--the senior home where Theodora and her sister Eivinda lived beginning in 1917.  There is a concert on Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.  Both presentations are at the Decorah Lutheran Church.  Free and open to the public.
 
February 28-March 1- A 45 minute presentation at each of three services at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Redwood Falls, MN.  Services are 5:30 pm on Saturday, February 28 and 10 am on Sunday, March 1.  Address is 301 N. Lincoln Street.  The public is invited to attend.
 
2014: 
 
Saturday, December 6 - Advent brunch at St. Paul Lutheran in Hector, MN.  Brunch is at 9:30; presentation begins about 10 a.m.  Church address is 220 5th Street West in Hector.
 
Sunday, November 16 - Special presentation at Our Savior's Church in Fairfax, MN to support the historic Fort Ridgely and Dale Lutheran Church.  Time: 3 p.m. Address: 406 SE 1st Street.  Free and open to the public.
 
Tuesday, October, 21 - Private presentation in St. James, MN
 
Monday, October 20 - Salad Buffet at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia, MN. 6:30 p.m.  The concert begins at approximately 7:15 in the sanctuary and is free and open to the public.
 
Friday, October 17 - Albert Lea Sons of Norway, Freeborn Co. Historical Society, 1031 Bridge St., Albert Lea, MN.  7pm concert following a 6 pm dinner.  The concert is free and open to the public.
 
Monday, September 15 - Owatonna Sons of Norway, Owatonna, MN.  This is a private event.
 
Friday, September 12 - Romerikslaget
 
Thursday, July 17 - Sacred Heart Summerfest, 30 minute presentation at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Sacred Heart, MN, 6 p.m.  Local performers will also be in the program performing music not related to Theodora Cormontan.
 
Saturday, July 19 - 2014 Dauguters of Norway National Convention.  President's Breakfast for current and former presidents of all Daughters of Norway lodges across the country.
 
 Saturday, May 17 - Lake Minnetonka Shores senior community.  2:30 p.m.
 
Thursday, May 15 Canby Sons of Norway. Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 7 pm.  Free and open to the public. 
 
Monday, May 12 - Anoka Sons of Norway.  Zion Lutheran Church, 1601 4th Ave. S. in Anoka.  Program begins around 7 pm.
 
Saturday, May 3 - Southwest Minnesota Women of the ELCA.  This is a private event.
 
Thursday, April 24 - Giants of the Earth Heritage Center.  Spring Grove Cinema, Spring Grove, MN, 7:00 pm.  Free and open to the public.
 
Tuesday, March 25 -  Winona Sons of Norway, Central Lutheran Church, 259 W. 6th Street at Huff Street in Winona.  7 p.m.  Free and open to the public.
 
Friday, March 14 - Minnesota Valley Music Teachers Association,Twin Rivers Arts Center, 523 S. 2nd St., Mankato.  The program begins at 9:30 a.m.  Free and open to the public.
 
Saturday, March 15 - Red Wing Sons of Norway, United Lutheran Church, 5th and Dakota St. in Red Wing, MN.   7 p.m.
 
Thursday, February 27- Courtroom Concerts hosted by the Schubert Club.  Landmark Center, St. Paul, MN, noon to 1 p.m..  Free and open to the public.
 
Saturday, December 7, 2013  -  Lakselaget, Golden Valley Country Club, Golden Valley, MN, noon.  Guests must be accompanied by a member of the organization.
 
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 Waconia Sons of Norway, Faith Lutheran Church, Waconia, MN.  Meeting begins at 7 PM; presentation approximately at 7:30.  Free and open to the public.
 
Saturday, October 26, 2013  -  Rochester Sons of Norway, Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Rochester, MN, 7:00 pm
 
Tuesday, October 15, 2013  -  Minnetonka Sons of Norway, Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka, MN 7:00 pm.  Presentation preceded by a torsk and meatball dinner at 7 pm.  Dinner and presentation is $20.00 and open to the public.
 
 
Saturday, October 12, 2012 -  Hutchinson Sons of Norway, Faith Lutheran Church, 335 Main Street, Hutchinson, MN, 5:30 pm.  Free and open to the public.
 
 
Thursday, September 19, 2013  -  Kenyon Sons of Norway, Kenyon, MN, First Lutheran Church, 7:00 pm.  Free and open to the public.
 
 
Sunday, September 15, 20113 Short Cormontan presentation at the Annual Service at Fort Ridgely and Dale Lutheran Church
on 430th St. off of MN 19 between Fairfax and Franklin, MN, 2 p.m. 
 
 
Saturday/Sunday, August 10-11, 2013  -  Decorah Lutheran Church, 309 Winnebago Street, Decorah, Iowa.  45 minute presentation at the 5:30 p.m. service on Saturday and the 8:30 a.m. service on Sunday.  Public invited.
 

Monday, August 12, 2013  -  Willmar Sons of Norway, Willmar Community Center (624 N Business 71), Willmar, MN.  Dinner at 6:30 with performance following. 

 

Thursday, July 18, 2013  -  Windom Sons of Norway, American Lutheran Church, 906 Prospect Avenue Windom, MN, 7 p.m.  The public is invited.

 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013  -  The Metro Sons of Norway (Minneapolis), Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 4801 France Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN, 6:30 pm

 
Tuesday, May 14, 2013  -  St. Paul Sons Of Norway, First Lutheran Church, 463 Maria Ave., St. Paul, MN, 7 pm
 
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013  -  ASI Forum.  American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, MN, 6:30 pm
 

Sunday, April 21, 2013  -  Spring Grove Public Library, Spring Grove, MN.   Spring Grove Cinema, 1:00 pm

 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013  -  Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Noble Recital Hall, Jenson-Noble Hall of Music, 7:00 pm

 

March 9, 2013  -  Normanns Forbundet/Norwegians Worldwide brunch, Minnesota Valley Country Club, Bloomington, MN

 

February 24, 2013  -  Björling Recital Hall, Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, 1:30 pm

Granite Fallls Sons of Norway Membership Banquet
Saturday, November 10, 2012--6:30 p.m.
Bootlegger's Supper Club, Granite Falls, MN
 
 
Keynote presentation on Theodora Cormontan's life and music
The Norwegian-American Historical Association (NAHA) biennial members meeting
Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012
Location: St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota
 

Encore Cormontan presentation for Mankato Sons of Norway
Date: Sunday, October 14, 2012
Location: Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, Minnesota
Time: 4:00 p.m.
 
Short Cormontan presentation
Annual Service at Fort Ridgely and Dale Lutheran Church
Date: Sunday, September 16, 2012
Location: Fort Ridgely and Dale Church
Time: 2 p.m.
 
 
Cormontan presentation
St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota
Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Location: Urness Recital Hall
Time: 7p.m.

 

Cormontan presentation
Nordic Fest, Decorah, Iowa
Date: Saturday, July 28, 2012
Location: First Lutheran Church, 604 W. Broadway St., Decorah, Iowa
Time: 3:30 p.m.
 
 
Daughters of Norway, Bellingham, Washington
Date: Saturday, June 9, 2012
Location: Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 1720 Harris Ave., Bellingham
 
 
Decorah Geneology Association, Decorah, Iowa
Date: Sunday, May 20, 2012
Location: Porter House Museum, 401 West Broadway Street,  Decorah, Iowa

 
Sons of Norway in Mankato, Minnesota
Date:  Saturday, May 12, 2012

Tuesday April 3, 2012

Theodora at Mindekirken

We presented some never-before-heard music of Theodora Cormontan!  This concert took place at Mindekirken--The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis.



Other past performances of note:

 

January 14, 2012 -- 2nd Annual PLRAC/McKnight Artist Grantee Exhibition

Opening Reception, Arts Center of St. Peter 

Michael Jorgensen sang solos by Todd Harper and Timothy Berry, accompanied by Dr. John McKay.

Artist Grantee Exhibition
Featuring Fellowship Grantees
from  2010
Funded by the
McKnight Foundation
Arts Center of Saint Peter

 

 

December 2, 2011 --  Riverlights Christmas

Benefit concert for the St. Peter Foodshelf

Bonnie Jorgensen accompanied the Riverlights vocal octet in a concert of Christmas favorites.  She was also featured as piano soloist playing Charles Lindberg arrangements of "Go Tell It On The Mountain" and "Auld Lang Syne".

  

 

November 20, 2011 --  Mankato Symphony Orchestra

"America the Beautiful" concert

Bonnie Jorgensen served as collaborative pianist with clarinet soloist Leslie Weber in Aaron Copland's Clarinet Concerto  with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra (MSO).

 

 

October 4, 2011 (Tuesday) -- Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter MN, Christ Chapel -- 8:15pm  

The Nobel Conference Concert 
"A State of Mind and Music: New Songs by Composers from Minnesota."

 

This recital presented vocal solo music written in the last ten years that provides insight into the creative minds of a number of composers who call Minnesota home.  Represented composers included Pulitzer Prize-winning Dominick Argento, Libby Larsen (the 2010 winner of the George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America), Stephen Paulus, and Gustavus alumnus Steve Heitzeg.  World premieres of commissioned music by Timothy Berry and Todd Harper were featured, as well as works by Jocelyn Hagen and Hiram Titus.

Professor Michael Jorgensen, baritone, and Bonnie Jorgensen, piano, coached the music with the composers, and were assisted in the recital by Dr. Scott Moore, Music Dept Chair, and student musicians.  Six of the composers were in attendance as we celebrated their musical genius.

 


September 30, 2011 (Friday) --  Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter MN, Bjorling Recital Hall  --  1:30pm

Colloquium: A preview of the October 4th Nobel Concert, focusing on The Three Sonnets of Petrarch by Dominick Argento


 

September 30, 2011 (Friday) --  Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter MN, Lund Arena  --  5:30pm

Kick-Off for the Sesquicentennial Celebration at Gustavus.  Michael and Bonnie performed the world premier of the Libby Larsen piece "Turn, Turn" written expressly for this event.


 

 

September 23, 2011 --  Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa: 

Recital and Master Class

 

 

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