Heikki Sarmanto's 80th birthday and music was celebrated in the St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery on September 8th 2019. Many of Heikki’s musician and lay friends, colleagues and family members gathered together to celebrate this remarkable composer and performer. His show was intimate and wonderful in the beautiful venue the church of St. Mark’s offered. Jeannine Otis and Maria Sarmanto’s singing was very delightful and warm. Special thanks to Jeannine Otis and St. Mark’s Church-in-Bowery for hosting the event.

Jeannine and Heikki

Jeannine and Heikki

Maria Sarmanto singing

Maria Sarmanto singing

We would also like to thank Consul General of Finland Mika Koponen and his wife Cecilia for heartwarming speech and attendance.


Composer and pianist Heikki Sarmanto is a leading Finnish jazz scene figure who has been internationally praised for his symphonic, orchestral and jazz ensemble works.


Contributions benefit the cultural and community work of St. Mark's Church and Finland Center Foundation.

Thank you to our in-kind sponsors Long Drink and Finlandia Cheese.

Thank you everyone who attended!