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Friday, June 6, 2014

The 61st Annual Ole Bull Music Festival Summer Awards Concert

The 61st Annual Ole Bull Music Festival Summer Awards Concert will be held Sunday, July 13, 2014 at Merkin Concert Hall of the Kaufman Music Center, 129 West 67th Street New York, NY at 4:00 p.m.

Featuring winners of the 2013 Ole Bull Music Festival in Galeton, Pennsylvania, the concert will also include piano performance of a composition by Vladimir Padwa played by Philip H. Field, former piano duet partner of the late Dr. Inez Bull. Allan L. Mulgrav Jr. will perform a Grieg piano concerto. Billy Test and Karina Meiklejohn will play piano and Marlene Rice will perform on violin.

Billy Test is a former Ole Bull Festival winner who has become a professional classical jazz pianist. Ms. Meiklejohn is the 2013-2014 Inez Bull Piano Scholarship recipient at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. Ms. Rice is a world-renowned violinist, songwriter and recording artist.

The Imania Women’s Chorus will perform a vocal adaptation of Ole Bull’s composition, “The Herd Girl’s Sunday.”

The Ole Bull Music Festival was created in memory of Norwegian violinist, Ole Bornemann Bull, who attempted to establish a colony of New Norway or Oleanna, in the mountains of Potter County Pennsylvania in the 1850’s. The festival was initiated by Dr. Inez Bull and her mother, Aurora Stewart Bull, who was married to a second cousin of Ole Bull.

The Spunky Norwegian Foundation, a 501(C)(3), was founded with proceeds from the estate of the late Dr. Bull to carry on her work in enhancing music education and appreciation in north-central Pennsylvania. The Foundation conducts the Ole Bull Music Festival in Galeton each October, and follows with an awards concert in New York the next summer.

Additional performers at the Merkin Hall concert will be students from South Valley Arts in East Orange, New Jersey, including Amru Ayinde. Foundation board member, Zach Hoffman, another former Ole Bull Music Festival winner may perform as well. The concert will be emceed by Spunky Norwegian Foundation Board chair, Nancy Arny Pi-Sunyer.

Tickets may be purchased directly from the Merkin Box Office (862-216-7842) or from for $15.00. For additional information see the Spunky Norwegian Foundation Website,


Anonymous said...

Yet another version of the lineage of Inez Bull. She at times declared herself a granddaughter, great-granddaughter, grand-niece and great-grand-niece of Ole Bull. His true direct descendants did not take kindly to these false claims. So now the report is that Inez's mother was married to Ole Bull's second cousin. But was this second cousin Inez's father? The way this is written, we assume he was not. This situation has been very upsetting to Ole Bull's direct descendants and a bit frustrating to the Historical Society and others. Mr. Currin finally gave up trying to correct Inez each time she made her claims.

Anonymous said...

Yep. Most people were polite to Inez and just tolerated it. But now she is gone and it looks to me like there are some people sincerely committed to historical accuracy. Maybe someone should make overtures (groan) to the Bull descendants and see about mending this situation. Paul Heimel? David Castano? Or the Ole Bull State Park managers?

Anonymous said...

What happened to the plans these folks announced about finally building a real museum and cultural center? It was about two years ago that they announced that. Or longer ago maybe.