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Finlandia's 2009 Sibelius Festival is September 21 to 25

July 6, 2009

The 11th annual Finlandia University Sibelius Academy Music Festival will take place from September 21 to 25, 2009.

Classical, jazz, and folk musicians from the prestigious Sibelius Music Academy of Helsinki, Finland, will present a series of concerts, at three locations in the western Upper Peninsula and in metropolitan Chicago. A folk and jazz music workshop is also scheduled.

Duo Raisanen & ParkoDuo Raisanen & Parko is a classical music ensemble. Violinist Viola Räisänen and pianist Maija Parko began their musical collaboration in 2005, and they perform frequently in Finland. Viola and Maija will perform a full-length concert September 21 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Naperville, Ill. They will also perform September 23 in Ishpeming, Mich., and September 25 in Calumet, Mich. Visit the duo's website at www.maijaviola.com.

Duo Luomala & SalminenFolk musicians Anssi Salminen, guitar, and Markus Luomala, accordion, are Duo Luomala & Salminen. Anssi and Markus, both known as charismatic live performers, have been performing together since 2008.  Their concerts include modern arrangements of traditional Finnish fiddle tunes and original compositions. View their MySpace page and listen to their music at www.myspace.com/luomalasalminen.

Duo Luomala & Salminen will co-lead a music workshop September 22, and will perform a full-length concert the same evening in Hancock, Mich. They will also perform September 23 in Ishpeming, Mich., and September 25 in Calumet, Mich.

Thomas Juhani Turunen TrioThe Thomas Juhani Turunen Trio was formed in 2008 by the three young Helsinki-based musicians. Their music combines the American jazz tradition and the classical lyricism of European jazz. The trio features musicians Thomas Juhani Turunen on piano, William Tarvainen on the upright bass, and Mikko Arlin on drums.

Thomas, William, and Mikko will co-lead a folk and jazz music workshop on September 22 in Hancock, Mich., and will present a full-length concert September 25 in Calumet, Mich. They will also perform September 23 in Ishpeming, Mich. The jazz trio's repertoire ranges from original compositions and jazz standards to selected Finnish compositions.

The Finlandia University Sibelius Academy Music Festival is intended to promote the enjoyment and appreciation of contemporary and traditional Finnish music. The prestigious Sibelius Academy enjoys a reputation as one of the largest and most elite music academies in Europe.

Concert tickets may be purchased at North Wind Books, Hancock, or on-line at http://finlandia-university.ticketleap.com.

For additional information about the 11th annual Sibelius Academy Music Festival, please contact festival coordinators Karen Johnson (karen.johnson@finlandia.edu, 906-487-7348) or Kaisa Randolph (kaisa.randolph@finlandia.edu, 906-487-7338).

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS - 11th Annual Finlandia University Sibelius Festival Music Festival

Monday, September 21, 7:00 p.m.

Concert: Duo Räisänen & Parko, classical violin and piano

Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Naperville, Ill.

Tuesday, September 22, 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Jazz and Folk Music Workshop: Duo Luomala & Salminen and the Thomas Juhani Turunen Trio

Finlandia University Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock, Mich.

Pre-registration requested. Cost is $25 per person. Lunch will be served.

Tuesday, September 22, 7:00 p.m.

Concert: Duo Luomala & Salminen, guitar and accordion folk music

Finlandia University Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock, Mich.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students with ID. Finlandia University students and children age 10 and under are free.

Wednesday, September 23, 10:00 a.m.

Concert: Duo Raisanen & Parko, Duo Luomala & Salminen, and the Thomas Juhani Turunen Trio

W. C. Peterson Auditorium, Ishpeming High School, Mich.

High school students and high school teachers attend free. Tickets are $5.00 for adults.

Friday, September 25, 7:00 p.m.

Concert: The Thomas Juhani Turunen Trio, a jazz performance, with special guests Duo Raisanen & Parko and Duo Luomala & Salminen

Calumet Theatre, Calumet, Mich.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students with ID. Finlandia University students and children age 10 and under are free.

 

Photo cutlines:

Duo Raisanen & Parko, Maija Parko (left) and Viola Räisänen

Duo Luomala & Salminen, Markus Luomala (left) and Anssi Salminen

Thomas Juhani Turunen Trio, (left to right) Thomas Juhani Turunen, Mikko Arlin, and William Tarvainen

 

Finlandia University is a baccalaureate degree-granting, co-educational learning community dedicated to academic excellence, spiritual growth and service. Founded by Finnish immigrants in 1896 as Suomi College, Finlandia is the only private, not-for-profit institution of higher education in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. It is one of colleges and universities affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Finlandia offers degrees in the disciplines of liberal studies, health sciences, business administration, and fine art and design. Finlandia is a member of NCAA Division III. Visit the university's website at www.finlandia.edu.

For the most accomplished student-musicians in Finland (and for musicians around the world) the Sibelius Academy is the destination for the best and brightest. The prestigious Sibelius Academy, founded in 1882 and named for Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, is one of the largest and best regarded music academies in Europe. The Academy has trained renowned musicians such as Osmo Vänskä, music director for the Minnesota Orchestra; Jukka-Pekka Saraste, previous conductor of the Toronto Symphony orchestra; and Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.