FinnFest USA 2014 Evening Concerts
The Historic Wesley Center
101 E Grant St, Minneapolis, MN
Hyatt Regency Conference Center
1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN
Friday Evening Classical Concert
FinnFest Chamber Orchestra Concert: Friday, August 8, 7:30pm, The Historic Wesley Center Presenting 20-21st Century Finnish Composers: Sibelius, Rautavaara, Pulkkis, Kortekangas – visiting.
Come experience the FinnFest Chamber Orchestra in the wonderful acoustics of the Historic Wesley Center. Performing 20-21st
Century Finnish Composers, starting with Finnish Romantic era composers such as Jean Sibelius and moving into new Finnish musical developments.
Conducted by the Finnish American contemporary classical pianist, opera and symphony conductor, Craig Randal Johnson, the orchestra consists of 17 Twin Cities Professional Musicians. Featured soloist is Katri Ervamaa, hailing from Michigan and Finland. A current Finnish composer, Olli Kortekangas, will be present for the US Premier one of his pieces.
Saturday Evening Finnish Roma/Ojibwe Folk Concert
Lyz Jaakola opens for the Hilja Grönfors Trio: Saturday, August 9, 7:30pm, The Historic Wesley Center
|A truly World Concert where east meets west. Partnering of Minnesota’s own Lyz Jaakola from Cloquet, an enrolled member of Fond du Lac band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, with The Hilja Grönfors Roma Trio, traveling to Minneapolis from Finland, to share songs of joys, sorrows, horses and the traveling life.|
Ms. Jaakola demonstrates her Anishinaabe and Finnish roots as an accomplished classical opera mezzo soprano, traditional ceremony singer, jazz scat singer and blues siren. Ms. Jaakola is winner of the 2013 Sally Award for Education from the Ordway Center for Performing Arts and was featured in the “Ojibwe Waasa Inaabidaa” PBS documentary series. Hilja Grönfors, subject of a 2011 Finnish documentary, “This Country Was Not Mine,” has traveled across Finland to gather a repertoire of over 100 lively, energetic and minor toned Finnish Roma songs.
Saturday Evening Pop Concert
Conga Se Menne opens for August Saarninen & Vuolas Virta: Saturday, August 9, 7:30pm Hyatt Conference Center
Conga Se Menne hail from the chilly invigorating banks of Lake Superior and their mastery of melodic syncopation is second to none. Conga Se Menne’s musical style is impossible to pigeon hole, running the gamut of Blues, Funk, Latin, Reggae, Rock, Caribbean beats and ethnic Finnish sounds. Island beat percussion blends smoothly with mellifluos keyboards, sonorous horns and big shouldered guitar. The group’s Finnish American roots come through in comedic themes, Finnish lyrics (hyvää kesää, baha poika,) and the yooper-accented crooning so familiar to local fans.
The ensemble “August Saarinen & Vuolas Virta,” a jazz/folk quintet, pays tribute to the “king of Finnish tango” Olavi Virta (1915-1972). The musicians are Joonas Mikkilä, Juho Vanamo, Matias Mäntyranta, Miiko Renfors, and Joonas Tuhkanen. Conservatory trained musicians, they have each followed paths into diverse modern genres of music. Young men playing the classic music of a past era with contemporary embellishments and flair.
Tickets Available: $20 each
During FinnFest only August 7-10, 2014 at
Hyatt Hotel, 1300 Nicollet Mall
One hour before show: Wesley Center
(Cash or Check only)