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”The Rovaniemi Karelia Week of the Parish ended in a church concert of the Karelia State Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. The concert implemented by 60 musicians and pianist Pauli Kari turned out to be one of the highlights of this year. I heard a member of the public stating that they thought this evening was one of the all time best church concert experiences of their life. The song of Karelia really sounded proudly – music that elevated the audience into the spheres: Michail Glinka’s prelude “Ruslan and Lyudmila”, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no. 2 and Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique as collaboration between a Spanish conductor and a Finnish pianist. The concert in Rovaniemi was part of their tour of Lapland, and certainly made a lasting impression on the audience in Rovaniemi. This kind of live experience could only be acquired by attending the concert, with all senses open for it.”

-Pääsky News 6/2011

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