Suomalaiset Jouset (Finnish Strings), a local ensemble of students of the Finnish folk instrument known as the kantele, will perform a Music in the Park concert Sunday, July 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Woolen Mill Park, downtown on the banks of the St. George River.

For the past two years, the Finnish Heritage House of South Thomaston has offered bimonthly lessons for those interested in learning more about this ancient instrument that now appears in many genres of music from jazz to film music. Over the last 2,000 years, the kantele instrument has lent playing styles to the modern Celtic harp, Appalachian dulcimer, zither, hammered dulcimer and  autoharp.

Suomalaiset Jouset creates their melodic and harmonious sounds with 11 strings that are either plucked or strummed. Their repertoire includes American, Finnish-American and Finnish tunes based on the epic poem, "The Kalevala." Public performances have been staged throughout Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or