On Saturday, June 10th, beginning at 3pm, the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge and the Daughters of Norway Ester Moe Lodge will host Lynn Berg, prize-winning Hardanger fiddle maker, and Rachel Nesvig, extraordinary violinist and Hardanger fiddle performer. Lynn will display his fiddles and fiddle-making process; Rachel will play Norwegian music on the instruments. Both will be wearing Norwegian bunads, traditional attire of Norway.
The ornate Hardanger fiddle is considered the national instrument of Norway. Its haunting sound ] is produced by vibrating drone strings. Lynn, a graduate of PLU in 1964, became interested in making an ethnic Norwegian folk instrument, the Hardanger fiddle, 25 years ago. He is the only American to win medals (three) in the Norwegian National Instrument-Making competition. He enjoys restoring antique Hardanger fiddles and has restored many historic instruments. More information about Lynn’s fiddle-making and the hardingfele may be found on his website at http://www.fiddlemaker.com/
Rachel has been playing the Hardanger Fiddle since high school and was the first student at St. Olaf College to receive Distinction in Hardanger Fiddle in 2007. She has studied fiddle both in the US and in Norway and has taught the beginning Hardanger Fiddle course at the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America’s Annual Workshop. Currently Rachel spends her week days teaching orchestra in the Edmonds School District and her evenings playing the violin with the Tacoma Symphony, Yakima Symphony, Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Rock Orchestra, and other community groups.
This event is free and open to the public, but donations will be graciously accepted.
The Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge is located at 63 Jacobs Rd., a right turn about one mile south of the stoplight at the intersection of Highway 525 and North Main in Coupeville.