Summer Solstice Kantele Workshop
Come and celebrate Juhannus – Finnish Midsummer! And learn to play the five-string kantele, Finland’s uniquely beautiful Baltic harp.
Diane Jarvi will demonstrate and do a short workshop on the kantele, the Finnish version of an instrument known throughout the world as either a zither or lap harp. The original kantele had only five strings and was used to accompany the singing of traditional Finnish runes and stories, many from the Kalevala, Finland’s mythological folk epic. In the Kalevala it is said that a sage by the name of Väinämöinen made one of these instruments using the wood of a weeping birch and strung it with hair from a young maiden. Kanteles can have up to 36 strings, but Diane will have 5-string kanteles for people to try out. Open to all ages.
About the Instructor: Diane Jarvi is an award-winning musician and poet. She studied kantele at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland and has recorded six solo CD recordings as a singer/songwriter. She has been a recipient of a McKnight-Macphail Performing Fellowship and was named Finlandia Foundation Performer of the Year.
Ms. Jarvi has given kantele workshops and demonstrations around the country and in Canada and received a Minnesota State Arts Board grant to to teach kantele to the Finnish community of Cokato, MN. For more information, visit dianejarvi.com.
Saturday, June 24
2:00pm – 3:00pm
with Diane Jarvi
Tuition: $20, Materials: $20
EFS Members: Use code MEMBER on checkout for your discount.
- June 24, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm