Author: Melinda Bargreen

Melinda Bargreen is a Seattle-based writer and composer whose career at The Seattle Times began in 1977. Her choral works include the “Norwegian Folksong Suite.” Melinda contributes to many publications and is the author of Seattle Opera’s forthcoming 50-year history book. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle, and a doctorate in English from the University of California, Irvine.
Trio Mediæval


Writer Melinda Bargreen reviews the recent album Memorabilia by Trio Mediæval and Mats Eilertsen Trio, blending jazz and medieval music.

Meet Thomas Dausgaard

Meet distinguished Danish orchestra conductor Thomas Dausgaard, the new Music Director of the award-winning tSeattle Symphony Orchestra.

death cleaning

Death cleaning

Swedish authors are informing us about the concept of “death cleaning”: how to clear out loads of your accumulated stuff before you die.

Symphonic Dances

The Norwegian Ministry of Culture to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Norway’s Constitution and asked the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra for a new work based on folk music of ethnic groups living in the area. Composer Gisle Kverndokk has created a disc with a variety of colors, themes, and instrumentation.

Mortensen Symphony

Revisit Mortensen’s “retro” symphony

Music critic Melinda Bargreen reviews a new recording of Finn Mortensen’s Mortensen Symphony by the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Peter Szilvay.

Cover of "Nørth."

Book Review: “Nørth”

Are we really Nordic enough? Help is on the way, with this tongue-in-cheek volume (“Nørth: How to Live Scandinavian”) by Brontë Aurell.

Cover of "Last Leaf" album.

CD review: “Last Leaf” is fresh

Melinda Bargreen Everett, Wash. This is the recording you’ve been looking for: fresh, gorgeous, and unmistakably Nordic. The Danish String Quartet, famous for unusual programming and folk influences as well as unimpeachable technical chops,...

Book review: “They Sang for Norway”

Melinda Bargreen Everett, Wash. Two Norwegian brothers from the so-called Red County of Nord-Trøndelag took two different directions with their lives: One stayed in Norway, organizing guerrilla forces in his country’s struggle for independence...