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EMILY’S CHRISTMAS by Meritta Koivisto

Posted on Dec 11, 2016 | 0 comments

EMILY’S CHRISTMAS by Meritta Koivisto

   Emily’s Christmas   Emily watched the slowly floating snowflakes through her kitchen window. It was just past four o’clock, at the dawn of Christmas Eve. The herbal tea warmed nicely her fingers that were wrapped around a mug of tea. Rooibos. That’s what she had made, so that she would have something to do, because she was not able to fall asleep. The newspaper she would still have to wait, for a while, maybe till five – or if it took more time than usual for the newspaper delivery to get through the blanket of snow that was growing heavier and heavier, it could be even six...

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Michael Monroe at Gramercy Theater

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 | 0 comments

Michael Monroe at Gramercy Theater

Michael Monroe at Gramercy Theater 2/19/2016 by Alex Markwith Photo: Ville Juurikkala Headlining on a U.S. Tour in support of their new album BLACKOUT STATES, Michael Monroe made a stop at New York City’s Gramercy Theater last Friday night. Though the stage name Michael Monroe sounds decidedly American, and indeed the namesake frontman lived in New York for a time beginning in 1985, Michael Monroe was born Matti Fagerholm, in Finland, from where two current bandmates, bassist Sami Yaffa and drummer Karl Rockfist, also hail. Michael Monroe, the singer, rose to fame through the band...

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Introducing Elina Miettinen from American Ballet Theater

Posted on Jan 3, 2016 | 0 comments

Introducing Elina Miettinen from American Ballet Theater

Elina Miettinen is the first Finnish ballerina to join American Ballet Theater and so far the only one. She was born in Russia, but moved to Helsinki at the age of five. Due to her Finnish father, and growing up in Finland, she identifies herself as a Finn. Whereas many ballerinas start dancing extremely young, Elina was relatively old when she found her way in to the ballet world. She started rhythmic gymnastics at the age of seven, which changed to ballet at the age of nine, when she started at Helsinki Dance Institute inspired by her mother’s suggestion. Elina loved to dance, but the...

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Sibelius’ “Korppoo” trio at Concerts on the Slope

Posted on Oct 6, 2015 | 0 comments

Sibelius’ “Korppoo” trio at Concerts on the Slope

  Sibelius’ Korppoo Piano trio was performed for the first time in the United States, as far as anyone knows, on October 4 in St John’s Episcopal Church in Park Slope, Brooklyn. According to Marja Kaisla, who introduced the program, this was one of over 200 concerts in the US celebrating Jean Sibelius in this, the 150th anniversary year of his birth.   The first part of the concert featured Piano Trio Opus no 1 in E flat by Ludwig van Beethoven. This long but lovely classical piece was played by Ms. Kaisla, Mr. Iivonen and Mr. Larsen; it was followed by a modern composition by...

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Interactive Map about Finnish Emigration to the US

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 | 0 comments

Interactive Map about Finnish Emigration to the US

Thanks to Elina Piper for sending this along:     Expedian siirtolaisuuskartta Yhdysvaltoihin

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Thanks all 5K Run participants

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 | 0 comments

Thanks all 5K Run participants

We want to thank everyone involved in the Finland Center’s Annual Midsummer 5K Run. Everyone’s help and support was crucial to the success of this event!!   The whole Finland Center team so excited leading up the event on June 21st. We all took a huge sigh of relief when the rain held off and the sun came out. Lucky for us, the great weather added to the enjoyment of an already fun event.     Our runners were amazing and we got amazing times. It was great to see how the runners had such great spirits, cheering on each other.   Fastest male runner was Ruohomaki Jyrki...

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Ron Sinkkanen has left us

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 | 0 comments

Ron Sinkkanen has left us

Ronald Victor Sinkkanen died May 10, 2015, at Tisch Hospital, NYU Langone Medical Center.  He was 73 years old.   A native New Yorker, he was born in Manhattan but grew up in Queens.  Ron’s maternal and paternal grandparents were all from Finland, his grandfather Victor Sinkkanen from Mänttä, and his mother Helmi Jussila from Imatra.  Though his mother was actually born in Massachusetts, her family returned to Imatra where she raised, coming back to the US as a young woman and eventually marrying Victor (Dick) Sinkkanen Jr.   Ron was proud of his Finnish heritage, espousing its music...

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Chelsea Music Festival June 6th- June 20t

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 | 0 comments

Chelsea Music Festival June 6th- June 20t

    This year’s Chelsea Music Festival celebrates the musical traditions of Finland and Hungary with live performances by Finnish and Hungarian musicians.  The festival is from June 6th to June 20th and will be held at different venues all over Manhattan.   Chelsea Music Festival’s goal is to bring together some of the world’s leading musicians as well as supporting rising artists. The program includes music from a wide range of genres from classical to contemporary to jazz. Some venues are outside.  There are family on Saturday morning and late evening events. It is...

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