Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Finlandia to host 16th annual Sibelius Academy Music Festival

HANCOCK -- The 16th annual Sibelius Academy Music Festival will be presented by Finlandia University from Sunday, Sept. 21, to Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, in Chicago, Hancock, and Calumet.

This year's festival musicians will feature classical pianist, Kristina Annamukhamedova, whose repertoire will feature the works of Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin and Sibelius, and a female a cappella vocal group, Ensemble Norma, whose music straddles folk, pop and jazz.

The festival's western Upper Peninsula series of concerts and events begins at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Norma Ensemble will perform at The Bluffs in Houghton. A free Meet the Musicians event will be presented at 7 p.m. at the Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock. The musicians will discuss their lives as musicians, and present informal performances.

A special classical piano concert will be scheduled at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock.

Also on Wednesday, Sept. 24, a folk dance, led by professional folk dancing instructors,  will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Finnish American Heritage Center. Oren Tikkanen and friends will provide the music and Eero and Rosann Angeli will lead the dancing. Admission is $10. Finlandia students attend free. Light refreshments will be provided.

The grand finale festival concert is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, at the Calumet Theatre, Calumet, Mich., with all musicians giving full-length performances.  Tickets are $15; $5 for students; Finlandia students attend free.

For additional details and ticket information, call 906-487-7250 or visit www.finlandia.edu/sibelius.

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