NEWFIELD NY — On Sunday, September 18, at 2:30 pm. Wilho Saari, the Finlandia Foundation 2011 Performer of the Year, will present a free concert of kantele music at the Newfield Fire Hall, 77 Main Street, Newfield, NY 14867-9299. The kantele is a traditional Finnish instrument belonging to the zither family of instruments.
Wilho Saari is a distinguished kantele master from Naselle, Washington. He can trace the tradition of kantele playing back five generations in his family. His great-great grandmother, Kreeta Haapasalo, is one of Finland’s notable kantele matriarchs.
Saari’s degree in music has helped him to develop outstanding skill in teaching himself to play kantele later in life. He is not only a recognized performer in demand, but also a well-respected and active teacher, who generously continues to share his kantele knowledge with numerous students around the country. Saari has received a Washington State Governor’s Heritage Award for his work popularizing and teaching kantele. In 2006, Saari was honored with a National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship, the country’s highest honor in folk and traditional arts. He is also a very productive composer of kantele music with over 2,400 pieces written. His tunes have been published in Finland and he has recorded two CDs on the kantele.
Mark this date on your calendar, and tell your friends. You won’t want to miss this rare occasion to hear a concert by a real master, Wilho Saari, playing the kantele, Finland’s national instrument.
Contact Richard Koski at 607-387-4854 for further information.
Finger Lakes Finns: http://www.fingerlakesfinns.org/
Finlandia Foundation Performer of the Year: http://www.finlandiafoundation.org/templates/System/details.asp?id=39706&PID=836253