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October 18, 2013

Friends of Music to host Finnish performers

The seventh concert of the Friends of Music’s 27th season will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Cyr Center in Stamford. 

Featured performers will be Meri Englund on violin and Paavali Jumppanen on piano. 

Once again the Stamford connection to the artists from Finland is through Ilkka Kalliomaa, a long-time board member of Friends of Music and past president for several terms. Kalliomaa’s ties to the music community of his homeland have result in many Finnish artist performing in Stamford. 

Englund has been concertmaster of her home orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, for the past decade, and also served as concertmaster for the Finnish Radio Orchestra. She is a member of the Finnish Chamber Orchestra. 

In 2011 and 2012, Jumppanen was in residence at Harvard University’s Music Department for an in-depth study of 18th century Viennese music; during that time he also studied musicology and music theory. He has often performed the complete cycle of Beethoven Piano Sonatas, and he also performed the complete Piano Sonatas of Mozart at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 2010 and 2011. He recorded the Beethoven Piano Sonatas over a multi-year period, and the first part will be released in March on the Ondine label. 

Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the concert. Parking is available at the

Cyr Center, which is also handicapped accessible. Suggested donation is $12 per person, and $6 for seniors and students. There is no charge for those younger than 13.

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