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Saana Ensemble in NYM Friday

The Saana ensemble will perform this Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. Tickets are on sale at the box office. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Saana Ensemble, a five-voice group performing Finnish music, will give a concert at the Cultural Center in New York Mills at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6th.

Tickets are available by calling the Center at 218-385-3339. Admission is $12 advance reservation or $15 at the door.

The much admired group sings a capella and sometimes with percussion and other instruments.

Saana Ensemble includes five native Finns who live in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area: Sari Rönnholm (soprano/clarinet, piano); Elina Kala (soprano/mandolin, guitar, piano); Ulla Tervo-Desnick (alto/accordion); Eeva Savolainen (soprano/percussion, piano); Elina Koivusaari (alto/guitar).

After many years of sweating at sauna parties, they finally decided in 2005 to combine their diverse musical talents to perform Finnish music to audiences in the United States, and to stay connected to their Finnish roots.

Saana Ensemble has performed at many Scandinavian festivals including Nisswa Stamman, Hjemkomst Festival in Moorhead, at Finnfests in California, Minnesota, Michigan, South Dakota, and Ontario, and locally at Cedar Cultural Center and the Cultural Center in New York Mills.