Viano String Quartet Perform at NMU Saturday, Oct. 12

October 5, 2018

Marquette, MIOctober 5, 2018 – The Viano String Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in Reynolds Recital Hall as part of Northern Michigan University’s Siril Concert Series. Admission is free. The ensemble’s name was created to describe the four string instruments, each beginning with the letter “v,” that play both melody and harmony to create a unified instrument called the “Viano.”

Formed in 2015 at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, the quartet has performed in various settings, including the South Bay Chamber Music Society and the Colburn Chamber Music Society. It has also performed with world-class musicians including Emanuel Ax, Paul Coletti and Martin Beaver. As firm believers in community engagement, the quartet participates in the “Play It Forward” Residency, an outreach initiative involving school children in the northern Washington State area.

The Siril Endowment for the Music Arts encourages appreciation for classical concert music at NMU through sponsorship of performances, teaching residencies by world-class musicians and more.

Traditional U.P. Cooking Classes

October 5, 2018

Marquette, MIOctober 5, 2018 – The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University will offer three traditional food classes on Saturday, Oct. 13. Participants can learn to make pasties, juustoa (“squeaky cheese”) and nisu, a Finnish yeasted coffee cake.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lori Kulju will teach the art of baking pasties. In the afternoon sessions from 1-4 p.m. Joyce Dupras will lead a class in juustoa and Janet Wisuri will guide participants in making nisu. All will be held in the hospitality management kitchens in the Jacobetti Complex.

Each class is limited to 10 people. The price for each class is $10 for the general public and $5 for NMU students. To register, call 906-227-3212.

U.P. Heritage Center Presents Documentary Double Feature

October 5, 2018

Marquette, MIOctober 5, 2018 – A documentary double feature, Tradition Bearers and Finnish American Lives, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct.12, at Northern Michigan University’s Jamrich Hall 1100. The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at NMU is hosting the event. Admission is free.

Celebrating its 35-year anniversary, Tradition Bearers sheds light on Finnish American history and folk art expressed through the folk artists living in the western Great Lakes region. The film blends oral interviews with historical photos to tell a story of Finnish Immigration and the life of a miner, lumberjack and homesteader.

Finnish American Lives, released in 1982, highlights the fragile community of memory connecting one with parents and grandparents. The documentary follows a three-generation Finnish family who works, celebrates, reflects and grieves together.

Filmmaker and NMU professor emeritus Michael Loukinen takes viewers on a journey of the true Finnish American history in the Upper Peninsula. He has more than 30 years’ experience and 13 films to his credit.