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Kalevala Day at the Finnish Hall

March 4 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

On Sunday March 4th at 3:00 pm a kantele musical presentation along with epic readings will be performed at the Finnish Hall in celebration of Kalevala Day. The event is being generously sponsored by the Makipuro Arts Fund and is offered to the community at no charge. Refreshments will be served after the event. 

 The performance will feature Kasha Breau on the kantele (a stringed instrument) and her husband Bob on the flute. Members of the heritage society will provide readings from the Kalevala.

     The celebration will follow the monthly membership meeting which will be held at 1:30 pm. Car pooling is encouraged. Please join us for a memorable afternoon’s entertainment and bring your friends.

In the early 1800s a collector of songs, poetry and folk tales in

Finland believed that he could create an epic narrative of the Finnish people. On February 28, 1835, he began his publication of these poems as the Kalevala and was soon thought to be an epic comparable to Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey and the ancient Scandinavian Edda. By 1910 this date was designated Kalevala

Day by the Association of Finnish Culture and Identity and the Kalevala has gone on to inspire musicians, writers, and artists to create works based on the characters and stories.

The Kalevala naturally begins with the creation of the world and introduces many of the individuals who sing of their abilities, cast spells, and have adventures, most having to do with the making and use of a magical talisman.

We will celebrate Kalevala Day here at the Finnish Hall with Kasha Breau as she sings songs and tells stories about the myth and magic of these epic tales of Finland on the kantele (Finnish zither) and harp. After making a kantele in the 1980s she began to include it during her concerts and was then invited to help celebrate Kalevala Day at FinnishAmerican organizations. In 1996, for instance, she accompanied the foremost translator of Finnish Literature while he presented his new book Words of Wisdom and Magic from the Kalevala at the annual Finn Fest and also presented full programs of music and story at various venues for over 20 years.

There will also be songs and recitations by Hannu Mäkipuro and Saul Ahola as well as other items of interest.

Kasha Breau is a traditional harpist and singer playing original music and folk songs from around the world on modern reconstructions of medieval and renaissance harps as well as the modern concert harp. She is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music and has taught harp, voice, piano, and organ in addition to her performances and workshops in harp playing technique throughout the United States. In addition to the harp, she has a special interest in the kantele, the national instrument of Finland and is one of the few active performers and teachers of this instrument. She fills her life with more music as organist and music director at the Congregational Church in Portland, Connecticut. Kasha was an environmental teacher and educator for over 35 years and is also a state and federally licensed rehabilitator for injured and orphaned songbirds, raptors, various water fowl and bats.



March 4
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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The Finnish American Heritage Society
76 North Canterbury Rd, (rt 169) Canterbury CT CT United States + Google Map