Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Finlandia presents Sibelius Academy Music Festival Sept. 20-24

HANCOCK -- Finlandia University, with the university’s Finnish Council in America and in collaboration with the prestigious Sibelius Academy of Helsinki, Finland, is presenting the 2011 Sibelius Academy Music Festival Tuesday, Sept. 20, to Saturday, Sept. 24.

This year, a contemporary Nordic folk ensemble and a classical piano/voice duo will perform. The six musicians are from Finland, Estonia, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. Five Upper Peninsula performances will take place at venues in Hancock, Negaunee, and Calumet, including two special events for area youth.

"Blink," a contemporary Nordic folk music ensemble, is a group of four women creating new Nordic folk music in an ensemble of two strings and two voices. The young women visit the traditional sounds of polskas, runolaulus, labajalgs, and ballads, entwining the traditional sounds of the Nordic and Baltic countries with their own tunes.*

Blink will perform a full-length concert at 7 p.m. TONIGHT, Tuesday, Sept. 20, in the Finlandia University Auditorium in the historic middle school, Hancock.

Blink will also perform with the classical duo Annika Lumi and Maarja Plink at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, for the final festival concert at the Calumet Theatre, Calumet.

Classical Duo Annika Lumi, soprano, and Maarja Plink, pianist, have performed together since 2009 at concerts in Finland, Estonia, and Berlin, Germany. Both from Estonia, Annika and Maarja specialize in Nordic music; but their program also includes solemn classical music (Lied, opera arias) and spiritual music.

Annika and Maarja will present a full-length concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Hancock.

Tickets for the three evening performances are $10 for adults, $5 for students under 12 years, and free for Finlandia University students.

Two special concerts for area middle and high school youth are also scheduled this year: at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Negaunee High School Auditorium, Negaunee; and at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the Calumet Theatre. Both of these informal performances are open to the public. General admission tickets are $5.

Concert tickets may be purchased at North Wind Books, 437 Quincy St., Hancock, online at http://finlandia’university.ticketleap.com, or at the door prior to each performance.

For additional information, please visit www.finlandia.edu/sibelius-fest or call (906) 487-7512.

* Learn more about "Blink" and listen to their music at www.myspace.com/musicblink.

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