The 15th Annual Sibelius Academy Music Festival
September 22-27, 2013,in Chicago, Hancock, Negaunee, and Calumet
The 15th annual Sibelius Academy Music Festival will be presented by Finlandia University from September 24 to September 27, 2013, in Negaunee, hancock, and Calumet.
This year's festival features classical/contemporary accordionist Ari Lehtonen, a doctoral student at the Sibelius Academy. Ari's performance program includes the keyboard music of J.S. Bach, works by contemporary Finnish composers, and compositions by Argentine nuevo tango composer Ástor Piazzolla (1921-1992).
The festival also features the ensemble "August Saarinen & Vuolas Virta," a jazz/folk quintet that 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.
The festival's western Upper Peninsula series of concerts and events begins on Tuesday, September 24, at 1:15 p.m., when the students at Negaunee High School will enjoy a special Sibelius Festival performance in the high school's auditorium. The concert is open to the public; admission is $5.00.
On Tuesday, September 24, at 7:00 p.m., a free Meet the Musicians event will be presented at the Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock. The musicians will discuss their lives as musicians, and present informal performances.
On Thursday, September 26, at 2:00 p.m., accordionist Ari Lehtonen will present a concert at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Hancock. The concert is free and open to the public.
Also on September 26, the first-ever Sibelius Festival folk dance starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Finnish American Heritage Center. The dance features live music by the festival musicians. Admission is $10.00; Finlandia students attend free.
The final festival concert is on Friday, September 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Calumet Theatre, Calumet, Mich. Both the accordionist and the jazz/folk quintet will present full-length performances. Tickets are $15.00; $5 for students; Finlandia students attend free.
For additional details and ticket information, call 906-487-7250 or visit www.finlandia.edu/sibelius.
CONCERT AND EVENT SCHEDULE
Sunday, September 22, 2:30 p.m. -- Concert: Estonian House of Chicago
Tuesday, September 24, 1:15 p.m. -- Special Concert: Negaunee High School Auditorium; public welcome; tickets are $5.
Tuesday, September 24, 7:00 p.m. -- Free event: "Meet the Musicians," Finnish American Heritage
Thursday, September 26, 2:00 p.m. -- Concert with accordionist Ari Lehtonen: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Hancock. Free, open to the public.
Thursday, September 26, 7:00 p.m. -- Folk dance: Live music by all festival musicians; Finnish American Heritage Center; tickets are $10.
Friday, September 27, 7:30 p.m. -- Grand finale concert: Calumet Theatre, Calumet; tickets are $15 / $5 for students / Finlandia students attend free