PHOENIX (Nov. 17, 2014) Share in Norwegian music and culture and honor the bicentennial of Norway’s constitution at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) on December 6 and 7. “Experience Norway,” supported by the Phoenix Chapter of Norwegians Worldwide and the Sons of Norway, will feature live musical performances, a Norwegian-inspired menu at Café Allegro, Nordic storytelling and hands-on crafts for all ages.
Music and dance performances will fill the halls of MIM all weekend. Highlights include the Scandinavian Folk Dancers of Phoenix, as they perform the elaborate patterns of traditional Norse dance. Guests can partner up and learn the couples’ dances or join a folk-dance lesson. Additionally, Phoenix-based chamber ensemble Paradise Winds will play Edvard Grieg’s famous melodies from Henrik Ibsen’s iconic play “Peer Gynt,” along with the works of other Norwegian composers.
Members of the local Norwegian community will dress in “bunader” (traditional folk costumes). Each colorful outfit represents a different Norwegian county and guests are invited to learn where the costume is from and take a picture with their favorite.
Leading instructor and player of the Hardanger fiddle Toby Weinberg will regale guests with tunes and stories in the tradition of Old Norse “spelemenn” (musical storytellers). He will also demonstrate intricacies of the Hardanger fiddle and Norwegian instruments known as “eldre instrumenter.” Throughout the day, guests may visit the Norway display in MIM’s Europe Gallery to view similar instruments.
During the event, local storyteller Harriet Cole, instructor at the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute, will perform Nordic folktales on themes such as trolls, Vikings and tricksters.
“We’re thrilled to honor the bicentennial of Norway’s constitution by participating in the rich traditions of Scandinavian folk dancing and Nordic storytelling,” said Celina Chiarello, public programs manager at MIM. “With this program, we applaud this Norwegian milestone here in our own backyard.”
Guests can join the fun with an array of craft activities throughout the weekend. With guidance from members of the Phoenix Chapter of Norwegians Worldwide, guests will learn to make Norwegian heart baskets. These woven heart-shaped ornaments can be hung on the trees in MIM’s courtyard or taken home as a souvenir. Guests will also have the opportunity to create their own frame drum inspired by those of the indigenous Sami people of Scandinavia.
As part of a holiday tradition known as the Norwegian Circle Dance, guests can add links to a paper chain adorning a large tree in MIM’s main courtyard. Then they will join together with members of the Phoenix Chapter of Norwegians Worldwide to dance around the tree and sing holiday songs.
Guests of all ages can also participate in another fun activity by adding a touch of color and whimsy to their look with winter swirls and “rosemåling” (Norwegian decorative painting). The artists of Evolving Through Art will offer this custom face painting throughout the weekend.
MIM’s award-winning Café Allegro will offer a menu of Norwegian-inspired dishes available for purchase, including smoked salmon stuffed eggs; lamb and cabbage stew; “potetsuppe” potato soup; Norwegian meatballs with sour cream sauce, hasselback potatoes, rutabaga, carrot and leeks; “fiskegrateng” or codfish au gratin; and “deer antler” pastries.
“Experience Norway” performances and activities are included with paid museum admission. A full schedule for the weekend is available here. Admission is free for Circle of Friends donors.
General Admission: $18
Teens (ages 13‒19): $14
Children (ages 4‒12): $10
Children 3 and under: Free
“Experience Norway” Museum Hours
Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
The Musical Instrument Museum is located at 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix (corner of Tatum and Mayo Boulevards, just south of Loop 101). For general museum information and a full schedule of events, visit MIM.org or call 480.478.6000.
The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) enriches the world by collecting, preserving and making accessible a wide variety of musical instruments and performance videos from every country in the world. We offer our guests a welcoming and fun experience, incomparable interactive technology, dynamic programming and exceptional musical performances. MIM also fosters appreciation of diverse cultures around the globe by showing that we all innovate, adapt and learn from each other to create music—the language of the soul.
Erin Miller, Media Relations Manager, MIM