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* Honoring Jean Sibelius*
By Sharon Ojanpa Mackey
The Finnish Heritage Museum in Fairport Harbor, Ohio, held its regular monthly meeting at 7 pm on Monday, October 12, 2015. (Our meetings are always held the second Monday of the month. If you are in the area, we would love to see you at one.) Because this year marks the 150th anniversary of Johan Julius Christian Sebelius’s birth in Hämeenlinna, north of Helsinki, our program celebrated the life of this most famous Finnish composer.
On her latest visit to Finland, Anne Kalliomaa Pohto, traveling with Amy Werronen Moyer, purchased a DVD called Visual journey to the music of Jean Sibelius. On the DVD were nine works by Sibelius, performed by the Lahti Symphony Orchestra - Osmo Vanskä, conductor; or the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra – Neeme Jarvi, conductor. Anne brought the DVD to the meeting, and Heikki Penttila set up a DVD player so our museum members could listen to the music of Sibelius while watching pictures highlighting the beautiful archipelago of Finland. There were water plants and reeds, yellow fields of sunflowers, red poppies, red and green ferns, and, of course, water. There were haunting images of ice covered trees and reeds, swans in flight, and ice forming a canopy on trees in the forest. These images are completely appropriate for this anniversary year, as Sibelius loved nature, the wild and rugged areas of Finland, along with the beautiful flowers, fields, and lakes. How many towns have a place called Finn Hollow? Fairport Harbor does; here is its story.