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FinnFest 2013 - MUSIC WORKSHOPS - Organized by Finnish Folk Music Camp
This year the Finnish Folk Music Camp is offering courses under the umbrella of FinnFest USA 2013. on June 20, 21, and 22.
Workshops will take place at Michigan Tech in the Blueline Room of the SDC (Student Development Complex) off of the main hallway in the Ice Arena, in the SDC - on Michigan Tech Univ. Campus, Houghton, MI. Come sing and play along and bring your instruments if you have them, or just come to listen and learn. All workshops are offered at no additional charge to your FinnFest 2013 registration and no pre-registration is necessary, just come and enjoy!
Discover the Kantele at FinnFest!
The kantele is the traditional folk harp of Finland. Get your hands on one, and discover how easy it is to play the five or ten string kantele. You'll be introduced to the large kantele, too. Multiple opportunities exist for exploring this instrument that Diane Jarvi says "is a bit of sun that lights in the hand".
The kantele is for all ages and all levels of ability, whether you can read music or not. Don't leave FinnFest without giving the kantele a try! Some five and 10-string instruments are available for use at the workshops.
A Kantele Tent, at Calumet Agassiz Park, will take place Thursday afternoon. Volunteers will be on hand to help you get your hands onto a five string kantele. Fall in love with this delightful instrument.
Kantele Discovery Room, on the handball court across from Wood Gym in the SDC. is from 10 - noon, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Stop in for a few minutes to try the five string kantele. Give me five....and you can make beautiful music on the kantele! Learn more about the kantele classes available during FinnFest in the Kantele Discovery Room.
Kantele Splash, also in the Folk Music Camp room in the Ice Arena, will be led by Kay Seppala. This is an event by and for kantele players, although it is not a "learn to play" class. The Kantele Spash is for players of all abilities, and for all sizes of kanteles. It takes place Friday and Saturday, 3 - 5 pm. Music of four different Finnish-American kantele players was sent out via the internet several months ago; experienced players who did not get the music may pick up a packet prior to the Splash from the folk music camp room. An audience is welcome, as the room allows. Friday is open rehearsal using the Kantele Splash music. Saturday is the public performance of this music, plus informal short performances by participating kantele groups or individuals.
Tor egister for FinnFest 2013 visit www.finnfestusa2013.org.