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Creating a Nation in Song: 100 years of Finnish Independence

Finland celebrates 100 years as a nation in 2017, and music played a crucial role in the drive to independence. Through the lens of song, we can illuminate the cultural, political, social and artistic significance of Finland’s heritage and present-day role in the musical world. I will perform representative songs, including folk and classical, and discuss the significance of music to Finnish culture. This year is a rare opportunity to survey the musical history of a country in the context of its first 100 years of independence.

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