The Kalevala Festival in Seattle on March 26, 2017, is built on the tale sequences of Kalevala with the Finnish Choral Society singing choral compositions by noted composers Sibelius, Merikanto and others, set to lyrics from the Kalevala or Kanteletar.
The featured presenter is Dr. Börje Vähämäki, the Centenary Lecturer of the Finlandia Foundation National, presenting “Kalevala and the World View of the Finns”. Dr. Vähämäki is a past professor of Finnish Studies at the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis and of the Finnish Studies Program at the University of Toronto.
A social 1/2 hour starting at 1:30 PM kicks off the Festival with sahti (a traditional Finnish Brew, made by the Nordic Heritage Museum’s brew club) and mini bites, followed with the program.
Other highlights of the Kalevala Festival include folkdancing by the local Finnish dance groups and instrumental performances by the Kalevala Trio (accordion, clarinet, cello) and kantele playing.
ENTRANCE – $15, Students $7. Tickets by Finnish Choral Society Singers or at the door.
The Kalevala, the national epic of Finland, is a collection of ancient runes and song-poems compiled by Elias Lönnrot. Lönnrot wrote down the long passages of folk poetry and published them first as the Kalevala in 1835 with a revised publication in 1840.