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By Sharon Ojanpa Mackey, FHM reporter

 

The Finnish Heritage Museum (FHM) holds its monthly meetings the second Monday of every month, usually in the Museum meeting room. April of this year was a bit different, with the evening being given over to a celebration of Finland’s 100th year of independence. This special monthly meeting was held in the auditorium of Fairport Harding High School. The evening festivities were co-sponsored by Finlandia Foundation National.saravidar

Two very talented musicians, billed as The Newlands Co-op, took over the stage and entertained us with an evening of Nordic folk music. Sara Pajunen, from Minneapolis, and Vidar Skrede, born in Norway but now living in Chicago, played and sang toe-tapping music for the audience. Sara is a Finnish-American violinist, singer, and composer who has immersed herself in, and is captivated by, the music of her heritage. Sara was the Finlandia Foundation’s Performer of the Year in 2015. Vidar is a Nordic folk musician and teacher who plays the guitar, the hardingfele (a traditional Norwegian stringed instrument), and the fiddle. Together they are the Newlands Co-op. They played traditional Nordic music with one song composed and sung by Sara; a song called Amass. If you weren’t in attendance that night, you missed out on a very special evening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

 

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