Kesäkonsertti: a summer concert
June 15 @ 7:30 pm
We are delighted to welcome Finnish soprano Margit Tuokko, Emma Kuntzi playing the kantele, and pianist, Miles Lallement for a wonderful evening of Finnish music and song. The programme includes pieces for voice, kantele and piano by Jean Sibelius, Kaija Saariaho, Toivo Kuula, Tapio Tuomela and Heino Kaski as well as some traditional Finnish folksongs.
The kantele is a traditional plucked string instrument of the zither family and has a long history in Finnish balladry. The kantele has a distinctive bell-like sound and creates a uniquely mystical mood, transporting the listener to legendary times and places of ancient Finnish folklore.
Dating back over 1000 years the Kantele has a strong connection with the ancient art of rune singing. Its mythical origins are described in Finland’s national epic, Kalevala, where the magician Väinämöinen creates the first kantele from the jawbone of a giant pike and a few hairs from Hiisi’s (the Devil’s) gelding. The music it makes draws all the forest creatures near to wonder at its beauty. Later Väinämöinen makes a wooden kantele, strung with the hair of a willing maiden, and it is the gift the eternal sage leaves behind when he departs Kaleva at the advent of Christianity.