From October 7-12, 2015, the city of Buffalo, New York will host FinnFest USA, an annual event that celebrates Finnish and Finnish American culture and heritage. FinnFest USA will wrap in a symposium as well as concerts, art exhibits, and educational events. A gala October 12 event at Kleinhans Music Hall—the Buffalo Philharmonic’s home, designed by Finnish father/son architects Eliel and Eero Saarinen—will mark the 75th anniversary of the hall’s construction. The Buffalo Philharmonic’s two-week festival of music by Jean Sibelius, coinciding with FinnFest, will feature performances of the first and fifth symphonies, as well as works by Finnish composers Einojuhani Rautavaara, Jaakko Kuusisto, and Sebastian Fagerlund. Road Less Traveled, a Buffalo-based theater company, will perform a staged reading at Burchfield Penney Art Center of Dear Mr. Sibelius!, a play based on the novel Axel by Bo Carpelan by Yrjo Juhani Renvall and Anssi Blomstedt.
Posted February 12, 2015