Finnish Choral Society of Seattle

Rehearsals on Mondays 7:00 PM
at
8504 13th Avenue NW, Seattle

Today is

 

 

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SPRING 2018 PROGRAM

 

42ND ANNUAL KALEVALA FESTIVAL,

APRIL 8, 2018 2 PM 

 

Seattle Pacific University, Nickerson Studios

340 W. Nickerson Street,  Seattle, WA 98119. 

 

Celebrating the 150th Anniversary  of the

Finnish Composer Oskar Merikanto

 

Oskar Merikanto (1868 - 1924), born in Jalasjärvi, Finland, studied music for some time at the Leipzig Conservatory in Germany.  He was notable for his variety of talents – he gave concerts all around Finland, performing on the piano and organ,conducting orchestras, and composing original music. Merikanto's style reminds of Finnish folk songs.  He had a unique ability to compose vividly emotional music and has become one of the most beloved Finnish composers.

 

Merikanto's choir compositions will be presented by the Finnish Choral Society of Seattle

conducted by Heather MacLaughlin-Garbes.  Selections of Merikanto's wonderful compositions for solo voice will be performed  by soprano Maria Männistö accompanied by Aaron Otheim

 

The featured speaker on the 42nd Kalevala Festival is  Hanna-Ilona Härmävaara, Visiting Lecturer of Finnish Studies at the University of Washington, Scandinavian Department. 

 

Other performers on the 42nd Kalevala Festival include the Evergreen Kantele Players, Katrilli folk dancers and Kalevala Trio.

 

ENTRANCE - $20, Seniors $15, Students $7   refreshments after the program.

Tickets by Finnish Choral Society Singers or at the Door

 

Inaguration of the New Nordic Museum of Seattle

Sunday May 6, 2018  at NOON

 

Finland Summer Party, June 9, 2018 at Vasa Park

 

 

 

Calendar subject to change

 

 

Date

Event

Location

Time

 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Rehearsal

Finnish Lutheran Church

7:00 PM

 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Singing during Service

Finnish Lutheran Church

9:20 AM

 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Rehearsal

Nordic Heritage Museum

7:00 PM

 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Rehearsal

Finnish Lutheran Church

7:00 PM

 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Rehearsal

Finnish Lutheran Church

7:00 PM

 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Rehearsal

Finnish Lutheran Church

7:00 PM

 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Rehearsal

Finnish Lutheran Church

7:00 PM

 

Monday, March 19, 2018

Rehearsal

Finnish Lutheran Church

7:00 PM

 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Rehearsal

Finnish Lutheran Church

7:00 PM

 

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Singing during  Easter Service

Finnish Lutheran Church

9:20 AM

 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Rehearsal

Finnish Lutheran Church

7:00 PM

 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Kalevala Festival

SPU Nickerson Studios

13::00 PM

 

Monday, April 9, 2018

Rehearsal

Finnish Lutheran Church

7:00 PM

 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Singing during  Service

Finnish Lutheran Church

9:20 AM

 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Rehearsal

Finnish Lutheran Church

7:00 PM

 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Rehearsal

Finnish Lutheran Church

7:00 PM

 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Rehearsal

Finnish Lutheran Church

7:00 PM

 

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Concert

Nordic Museum

NOON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who are we?

We are a group of men and women who enjoy singing, especially Finnish choral music, for ourselves and our listeners’ pleasure. People in our choir range in age from the teens up to 90. Most of us have some connection with Finnish culture such as ancestry, travel, study, friends or spouses. Some are fascinated by Finnish music and its composers (many others in addition to Sibelius). We feel a commitment to the community to keeping Finnish music alive.

The Finnish Choral Society is one of the few choirs, which still preserves traditional Finnish language choir music in the USA.  The roots date back to 1964, when a choir named “Kaleva Korus” was started  The choir eventually merged with the West Coast Singers’ Seattle Chapter in the mid 1970’s.  The name Finnish Choral Society was established around 1980.  Earlier choir directors have included Eric Salo, Sirkka Wilson, Florence Mesler and others, with accompaniment provided by the noted Finnish-American composer and pianist John Sundsten.  Current choir conductors are Heather McLaughlin-Garbes and Maria Mannisto.

 

The choir specializes in Finnish choral music, reflecting  the commitment to keep Finnish choral music alive and make it known.  The choir performs at numerous Finnish and Scandinavian community events, including the Finnish Independence Day celebration, the Yulefest at the Nordic Heritage Museum, the Finland Summer Festival, Scandinavian Heritage Choir Festivals, at retirement homes, etc.  Since 1976 the choir maintains the annual Kalevala Day Festival, which in 2017 was celebrated at the Nordic Heritage Museum for the 41st time.

 

The latest tour to Finland was in summer 2012.  During that tour the choir performed to an enthusiastic public in six venues, including the famous Rock Church (Temppeliaukion kirkko) in Helsinki.  In March 2015 the choir performed at the Benaroya Hall during Seattle Symphony's multi concert series celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Jean Sibelius, who is widely recognized as Finland's national composer. 

New singers are always welcome! It's a great opportunity to learn about Finnish music.

What do we sing?

Mostly Finnish choral numbers, folk songs, patriotic, humorous, sacred and secular. Besides Finnish, we are singing in Swedish, English, German, French, Latin, Estonian and...

When and where do we sing?

We sing at various venues: at the Finnish Lutheran Church Services and events, the Nordic Heritage Museum, retirement homes, Seattle sings, Folklife

 and events especially within the Finnish and Nordic community.

Rehearsals:   Mondays 7:00 PM
 at the Finnish Lutheran Church
8504 13th Avenue NW, Seattle (map)

At various programs of the Finnish Community, Christmas programs, retirement homes, programs at the Nordic Heritage Museum (Yule Fest and the Kalevala Festival).

Contact:

Choir Conductors: Mus. Dr. Heather MacLaughlin Garbes (hmgmusic@gmail.com)

     MM Maria Mannisto (mhmannisto@gmail.com)

 

Choir President- Eva Mannisto (mannisto.eva@Ekono.com)

 

 

 

 

Last updated 09/17/2017