At the January 21st monthly meeting of the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge, the Finnish Choral Society of Seattle along with the Evergreen Kantele Group performed a concert of Finnish music to delighted listeners.
The Finnish Choral Society is one of the few choirs that still preserves traditional Finnish language choir music in the USA. The roots date back to 1964, when a choir named “Kaleva Korus” was started. The choir eventually merged with the West Coast Singers’ Seattle Chapter in the mid 1970’s and the name Finnish Choral Society was established around 1980. The choir’s current director is Dr. Heather McLaughlin-Garbes. The choir sings mostly Finnish choral numbers — folk, patriotic, humorous, sacred, and secular.
The Choral group opened the program in Whidbey’s Nordic Hall with Finlandia, music composed in 1899 by well known composer Jean Sibelius. Finlandia is, perhaps, Sibelious’s most widely known composition.
Performing with the Finnish Choral Society was the Evergreen Kantele, a Northwestern musical group playing the Finnish traditional instrument the Kantele.
Finland celebrates the 100th anniversary of its independence in 2017, and this concert opened a year of celebration for Finnish Choral Society of Seattle. For more about this and more of the music they performed at this concert, click here.