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February 2021

Finnish American Music Series: Ralph and Jaana Tuttila, with Tom DuBois and Marcus Cederström

February 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Ralph and Jaana Tuttila, discuss Finnish-American music and dance in the Upper Midwest and perform songs from the Songs of the Finnish Migration: A Bilingual Anthology. Tom DuBois and Marcus Cederström, the book’s editors, offer insights into the significant contribution of songs to our understanding of the Finnish immigrant experience.

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April 2021

Finnish American Music Series: Lyz Jaakola and Finnishinaabe Fusions

April 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Elizabeth “Lyz” Jaakola performs and discusses original compositions in a range of musical genres encompassing her dual Anishinaabe and Finnish American experiences.

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June 2021

Finnish American Music Series: Diane Järvi and The Way She Told Her Story

June 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Through songs and poetry from the voices and experiences of Finnish and Finnish-American women, Diane Jarvi shares their resistance, independence, sorrow, strength and legacy.

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August 2021

Finnish American Music Series: Eric Peltoniemi and My Finnish American Musical Life

August 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Minnesota folksinger/songwriter Eric Peltoniemi, a fixture in the folk community for over half a century, sings in Finnish, “Finnglish,” and English, while accompanying himself on the guitar..

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October 2021

Finnish American Music Series: Michael Loukinen and Filming Finnish American Folk Dance Music in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

October 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Michael Loukinen offers clips and insights from his forthcoming film. Commencing with a portrait of the UP’s diverse ethnic music, the film focuses on the cultural history of Finnish American folk dance music in the Copper Country and its vital relationship to musicians in the Twin Cities.

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December 2021

Finnish American Music Series: Carl Rahkonen and Finnish American Dance Music Through the Ages

December 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

This presentation will tell how Finnish American dance music was created and evolved, the connections with dance music in Finland, and also how it was preserved. It is the story of several generations of musicians who defined Finnish American identity with their music.

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