Finnish String Ensemble in Cushing concert

Aug 15, 2019

CUSHING — The Suomalaiset Jouset Finnish String Ensemble, under the direction of Celia Jones, will be the final summer concert at The Old South Church on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 3 p.m. In 2010 the Finnish Heritage House in South Thomaston received two grants toward the purchase of Finland's National Folk instrument, known as the kantele. People of all ages with varying musical backgrounds have enjoyed bimonthly practices in the Midcoast region, with special concerts and workshops in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Michigan.

The kantele instrument is a Finnish version of a lap harp that comes in six sizes varying from five to 36 strings. The instrument is plucked or strummed producing tones similar to the Appalachian dulcimer, acoustic ukulele, folk guitar and Celtic harp.

The Finnish Heritage House is a nonprofit organization which sponsors Suomalaiset Jouset Ensemble. All participants volunteer their time and energy into promoting and preserving cultural education through their musical talents.

The concert will include traditional Finnish music and American folk and popular music.

Donations from this program will help the Cushing Historical Society to build up an endowment that will endure forever for the preservation of this beautiful, acoustically-perfect building. A $10 contribution is suggested.

For more information, visit cushingmainehistoricalsociety.org.

The Old South Cushing Church is located on Salt Pond Road. This connects from Route 97 toward Friendship or from River Road to Pleasant Point Road in Cushing.

 

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