Ingrid – August 19, 2019

I just registered for The Danish Home Foundation’s Annual Benefit on September 21, and I couldn’t be more excited! As a former student of violin, I was thrilled to learn that Grammy Award-winning Danish violinist Mads Tolling will entertain us that evening, along with Danish jazz guitarist Jacob Fischer, whose musicianship has also earned several awards.

I Googled videos of Mads and Jacob playing together, and wow, are we in for a treat! One video features them playing their rendition of “Honeysuckle Rose,” an upbeat medley of various songs and music styles, including jazz and classical. Before the eponymous “Honeysuckle Rose” by Fats Waller entered the piece, the two riffed a pleasingly dissonant strain of Grieg’s Hall of the Mountain King.

A male guitarist and male violinist perform together.

Danish jazz guitarist Jacob Fischer (left) and Danish violinist Mads Tolling perform “Honeysuckle Rose.”

For the entirety of the five-minute video, the duo was in synch with one another not only musically, but also eye-to-eye, anticipating each tweak of the other’s strings. I don’t know exactly what they’ll be playing at The Danish Home Foundation’s benefit, but I know it will be super special. I can’t wait for the live experience that night of these two immense talents!

Also at the benefit, which takes place this year at the beautiful, historic Oak Park Country Club, will be Danish Consul General Jakob Skaarup Nielsen and Vice Consul Lisbeth Christensen. The Consul just finished his first year at the Consulate General of Denmark in Chicago and is, I’m told, very excited about attending the benefit. The Vice Consul has served the Consulate for 30 years and is a longtime friend of The Danish Home of Chicago.

black and white photo of Danish Consul General in Chicago

Danish Consul General in Chicago Jakob Skaarup Nielsen, along with Vice Consul Lisbeth Christensen, are special guests at The Danish Home of Chicago’s annual benefit on September 21.

I’m looking forward to meeting both of them, as they are accepting this year’s Essence Award on behalf of the Consulate General of Denmark in Chicago. Each year, the Essence Award is bestowed upon those people or entities who have demonstrated extraordinary support of The Danish Home.

I have donated some volunteer time to The Danish Home over the past few years and have certainly spent many hours there visiting with Farfar and other residents. I must admit, however, I’ve never given a significant monetary donation. Having graduated from Northwestern eight years ago, I’ve been trying to establish my career, and I’m finally getting a toe hold financially and feeling like a “real” grown-up.

It may even be time soon to move out of the apartment I share with Farfar’s granddaughter, Lindsay, and get a place of my own. My parents tell me I should invest in owning something, but people my age are pretty content to rent.

Anyway, this year I am committed to making a donation to The Danish Home Foundation and may even sponsor a table or bid on some of the fantastic Live and Silent Auction items, including a 7-Night, 8-Day Uniworld European River Cruise. I want my friends and family to also enjoy the wonderful dinner, drinks, auction prizes and – most of all – the “Chicago Jazz, Danish Style” that Mads and Jacob will treat us to.

In the meantime, I’m going to purchase Mads’ Grammy-winning albums “4+Four” and “A Love Supreme – The Legacy of John Coltrane,” which he recorded with his Turtle Island Quartet.

Who knows? I may even dust off my violin.