Finnish polka concert
entertains at the immigration office
Not many people would
immediately link Finnish polka music and immigrants, but it seems they get
along very well. This was proven at a concert held by the Rauma Immigration
Services and Cultural Services on 27 July.
The concert was held at the immigration office, with Russian artists Paulina
Niemi-Loseva and Aleksandr Losev providing the music. Piano and concert
accordion carried the programme, which featured music from national romantic
and Finnish composers.
Among the best-known compositions were Schubert’s Ave Maria and Bach’s
Toccata in D Minor. Finnish compositions included works by Lasse Pihlajamaa
and Oskari Merikanto. The Finnish Säkkijärvi Polka also found its way into
the programme, bringing a smile to the lips regardless of nationality. Even
the smallest listener was whisked away by the polka rhythms, tapping along
Niemi-Loseva emphasised that music is a borderless phenomenon – quoting
Schubert, who said that music has no fatherland.
Paulina Niemi-Loseva and Aleksandr Losev.