The 100th Anniversary Concert of U.S.-Finnish Diplomatic Relations

Ambassador and Mrs. Pence with the musicians (image: Jari Flink)

The U.S. Embassy celebrated the 100th anniversary of U.S.-Finnish diplomatic relations at Musiikkitalo on April 17, 2019. The program included a joint concert by a clarinet quartet from the United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) Band and a clarinet ensemble from Kaartin Soittokunta, as well as an overview of U.S.-Finnish relations since 1919, welcome remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Finland Robert Pence, Communications and Public Affairs Director at the Finnish Defense Forces Colonel Sami Nurmi, and the Commander of the United States Air Forces in Europe Band Lt. Colonel Cristina Urrutia. Before the concert, the U.S. Embassy debuted the “100 years of diplomatic relations” photo exhibition, a joint project with the Finnish Embassy in Washington, DC. The exhibit, which highlights 100 years of relations through 100 historic and contemporary images, will travel around Finland for events throughout this year.


Star Spangled Banner

USAFE Clarinet Quartet
Irving Berlin: Blue Skies, arr. Percival
George Gershwin: Three Preludes, arr. Brady

USAFE Clarinet Quartet and Kaartin Soittokunta Clarinet Ensemble
Dave Brubeck: Blue Rondo a la Turk, arr. Swierc
Jean Sibelius: Andante Festivo, arr. Cohen
Jean Sibelius: Musette Op. 27 No 2, arr. Raijas

Kaartin Soittokunta Clarinet Ensemble
Micina: Scene of the City
Micina: The Glass Sea

USAFE Clarinet Quartet
Antonio Pasculli: Le Api, arr. Palada
Astor Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango
I. Bordel 1900
II. Café 1930
III. Night Club 1960
IV. Concert d’aujourd’hui

USAFE Clarinet Quartet and Kaartin Soittokunta Clarinet Ensemble
B.H. Crusell: March, arr. Leppäsalo
Trad: Säkkijärven Polkka

U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band Clarinet Quartet

The Clarinet Quartet is one of several chamber music ensembles within the United States Air Forces in Europe Band.
Established in 2005, the group has traveled across Europe from Spain to Russia performing for civilian and military audiences. Supporting troop morale, educational and community relations missions, this highly-skilled ensemble embraces traditional quartet literature as well as light popular and jazz styles. The Clarinet Quartet illustrates the world-class musicianship of the United States Air Forces in Europe Band and the United States Air Force.

Kaartin soittokunta Clarinet Emsemble

The Clarinet Ensemble is part of Kaartin Soittokunta, the Guards Band which is the oldest professional wind band in Finland. The Guards Band was established in 1819. Nowadays it is the official representative band of the Finnish Defence Forces consisting of 42 full-time musicians. One of the duties for the Helsinki-based band is performing at The Independence Day’s reception at the Presidential Palace. On top of the official performances, the Guards Band also gives concerts in Finland and abroad.

More photos in Flickr album (photos by Jari Flink)