HANCOCK -- In conjunction with the Copper Country’s first-ever Finnish Folk Music Camp, three free traditional Finnish music concerts will take place Tuesday, July 12; Wednesday, July 13, and Thursday, July 14.
The Music Camp and the concerts will take place at Camp Lahti on Lake Superior’s Rabbit Bay, near Lake Linden. They are sponsored by Finlandia University and the university’s Finnish Council in America.
Tuesday, July 12, at 6:30 p.m., a collage of traditional musicians will perform, all of them especially well-known to those in the Copper Country and the northern Midwest. The musicians, all teaching classes at the Music Camp, are Oren Tikkanen, Tanya Stanaway, Randy Seppälä, Arne Salli, Kay Seppälä, White Water (Bette and Dean Premo and family), Carl Rahkonen, Red Tail Ring (Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo), and Kaivama (Sara Pajunen and Jonathan Rundman).
On Wednesday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m., the Finnish-American brass septet Ameriikan Poijat will share old-time and contemporary Finnish brass band music. Their repertoire includes waltzes, schottisches, polkas, mazurkas, polonaises, and other social dances, as well as the distinctly Finnish dances the jenkka, humppa, and the Finnish version of "tango."
On Thursday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m., under the leadership of master Finnish folk musician Arto Järvelä, the Music Camp faculty and their student ensembles will play a stunning array of instruments and traditional Finnish music.
Each of the three concerts is free and open to the public. Call 906-487-7505 or click here for additional information and directions to Camp Lahti.