Finlandia Foundation Suomi Chapter
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Viipurin Lauluveikot: The Singing Fellows of Viipuri

*Seattle, Washington   Sunday, Aug. 27, 3pm University Unitarian Church

*Ferndale/Bellingham   Monday, Aug. 28, 7pm United Church of Ferndale

*Vancouver, BC   Tuesday, Aug. 29, 7pm Michael J. Fox Theatre, Burnaby

*San Francisco, California   Sunday, Sept. 3, 3pm Finn Hall Berkeley

*Los Angeles, California   Thursday, Sept. 7, 7:30pm Herbert Zipper Hall

Welcome to the Finlandia Foundation Suomi Chapter’s website! The Suomi Chapter serves Finns, Finnish Americans, and friends of Finland in Whatcom, Skagit and Island Counties. Annual events include a Juhannus (“midsummer” summer solstice) celebration in June and a Finnish independence day celebration in December. We also hold our annual meeting for all members and interested parties in the spring. In 2017, we will have several events celebrating 100 years of Finnish independence! We hope to see you at one of our events! Check out our events page for more information.

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P.O. Box 2544, Bellingham, WA 98227


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     Viipurin Lauluveikot (The Singling Fellows of Viipuri). was founded in 1897 in Viipuri (in English Vyborg). It is one of three oldest Finnish male choirs.

     The choir is now based in Helsinki, having moved there after Vyborg was lost to Russia in World War II. Viipurin Lauluveikot presently have about 80 members.

     The central values of the choir have always been patriotism, the cheerful Carelian temperament and building bridges of song between cultures. Choir is priviledged to be the only choir Jean Sibelius has composed a honorary march & song.

FFSC has been promoting both local and Finnish musicians since its foundation. Concerts have included jazz musician Olli Hirvonen, soprano Maria Mannisto, violinist Kati Valimaa, pianist Marja Kaisla, the Starry Night Quartet, Mt. Baker Youth Symphony, and the Wade King Singers. This summer Tapio Holma served as tour guide for the North Stars Chamber Orchestra on their visit to Finland as a part of the centennial celebration of Finland's independence from the USSR.

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Finlandia Foundation National was founded by Yrjö A. Paloheimo on January 21, 1953 in Southern California. The idea to form an organization to nurture ties with Finland and promote a sense of Finnishness for younger generations in the U.S. by Paloheimo in 1945. The Foundation’s mission is to promote Finnish-American culture in the United States and ancestral ties with Finland. The National Chapter celebrated its 60th anniversary in March 2013 in Pasadena, California

The Finlandia Foundation Suomi Chapter was founded in 2010 and three of the founding members are still active and with the board-Tapio Holma, Asko Hamalainen, and Brend Hunt-Holma. FFSC serves as the local Finlandia Foundation chapter for Whatcom, Skagit, and Island Counties.
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Finlandia Foundation Suomi Chapter
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