Arrive anytime after 6:00 PM to socialize. The music will begin at 7:00 PM.
Please bring a favorite food and beverage to share -- multicultural cuisine encouraged! Alcohol is welcome (please use responsibly); this is an adults only event.
My home has wood floors so please bring socks or slippers. Also be advised that cats live here too, so those with allergies have been notified and unfortunately I can't allow service animals to attend either.
Please understand that we need to limit the number of guests. Other guests have been invited through our personal friends too. Please accurately RSVP with +1 if you're bringing a guest. If the event looks full, be sure to join the waiting list as spots often open up just before the event date.
Saana Ensemble is a vocal group performing Finnish music, sometimes with percussion and other instruments.
Saana Ensemble is five native Finns who live in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area in Minnesota and befriended here. After many years of sweating at sauna parties, they finally decided in 2005 to combine their diverse musical talents to perform Finnish music to audiences in the United States, and to stay connected to their Finnish roots.
Saana Ensemble's repertoire is eclectic and ranges from hymns to folk songs and dance tunes, all sung in Finnish. Featured composers include Kaj and Jussi Chydenius, Jukka Linkola, Liisa Matveinen, Heikki Sarmanto, Sari Kaasinen, Toivo Kärki, and Kerkko Koskinen, among others. Some arrangements are by Jaakko Mantyjarvi, Timo Alakotila, and Jorma Panula; many are Saana's own to accommodate voice types and available instruments. Several Värttinä and Hedningarna songs are also in Saana Ensemble's song book.
Saana Ensemble has performed at many Scandinavian festivals including Nisswa Stamman, Hjemkomst Festival in Moorhead, at Finnfests in California, Minnesota, Michigan, South Dakota, and Ontario, and locally at Cedar Cultural Center, New York Mills, Twin Cities churches and as part of Orchestra Hall pre-concert entertainment.