Finnish folk quartet Kardemimmit will perform Thursday, Sept. 19, at Northern Michigan University. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Forest Roberts Theatre. It is presented by the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at NMU and sponsored by the Finn Grand Fest 2005 Legacy Fund. Tickets are $10 advance/$12 door for the general public and $5 advance/$7 for students.
Formed in 1999, the quartet consists of Maija Pokela, Jutta Rahmel, Anna Wegelius and Leeni Wegelius, who all play the Finnish national instrument, the kantele. Alongside 15-and 38-stringed kanteles, singing plays a big role in Kardemimmit's music, where original pieces with a modern approach maintain a strong foundation in Finnish, Eastern European and Scandinavian traditions. Kardemimmit has released five albums: Viira in 2006, Kaisla in 2009, Autio huvila (Abandoned Villa) in 2012, Onni (Happiness) in 2015 and, most recently, Kesäyön valo (Midnight Sun) in 2018.
Kardemimmit previously performed at NMU in October 2017.