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House Concert with the Saana Ensemble (Finnish Vocal Group)

  • Apr 9, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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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.

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  • Valerie O.

    "We, Saana Ensemble, started to make music 10 years ago. We have had concerts all over USA and a few in Canada. Had some serious plans to go to Finland but never quite made it. We truly loved every concert we did, every trip we made and appreciate seeing you there, and grateful that you shared this experience of Saana with us. We hope you enjoyed all the music as much as we did. We are happy to celebrate one last time and will have a concert performing our music from the last 10 years. Please do join us for evening of music, treats, wine, photos and memories." Details at

    October 7, 2015

  • Valerie O.

    Thanks again to Saana Emsemble and to everyone who brought such yummy food and wine to share. It was a great night!

    April 10, 2013

  • Valerie O.

    Check out these three great videos from last night!

    April 10, 2013

  • Linda W

    What a great night! Thanks so much for hosting! I loved that there was so much variety in the music, the food, and the different things Saana along with the music.

    1 · April 10, 2013

  • Colleen B

    Another great house concert at Val's! Thanks again!

    1 · April 10, 2013

  • Valerie O.

    Lost & found items from this and other events:

    April 10, 2013

  • Claudia N

    Was delightful hearing these gifted ladies sing such a variety of songs in Finish! Mom will love their cd. Enjoyed the conversations and people that I met. Thank you for hosting this Valerie. Your home is beautiful.

    1 · April 10, 2013

  • Linda K

    That was a great evening and the vocal group did a terrific job.

    1 · April 10, 2013

  • BJ

    The music was lovely, beautiful voices, great time seeing familiar members again and meeting a few new people - wonderful job Valerie!!

    1 · April 9, 2013

  • BJ

    Bringing my friend Li, from China

    1 · April 8, 2013

  • Valerie O.

    Saana created a short video of a reheasal just for us! See

    March 8, 2013

  • Erin M.

    My mom is a 1st generation Finn; which makes me 50% Finnish. Would love to come if space frees up! Thanks for organizing!

    1 · February 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    new to the event, look forward to meet everybody!

    1 · February 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a blast at the Hounds of Finn! Would love to see the Finnish Vocal Group.

    1 · January 31, 2013

  • Valerie O.

    January 30, 2013

  • Valerie O.

    I'm so excited to host this very talented group!

    January 30, 2013

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