choir

Thomsen lead her Echoes of Peace choir at the annual Duluth Sister Cities International fundraising concert, One Village Many Voices, on November 3 at St. Scholastica's Mitchell Auditorium. This year's guest performers included Wheeler, who's best known as the actress who portrayed Janice on TV's Friends. Wheeler is also a singer, songwriter, workshop facilitator. Hassan Dyer is a vocalist, percussionist, vocal improviser, and storyteller who was raised in France and Senegal and has been influenced by the music of West Africa.

Ira Salmela

The theme of Finland's 100th birthday is yhdessä, which means "together" in English. And Finns aren't letting a little thing like the five thousand miles separating the home country from the US stand in the way of all kinds of celebrations.

  One is a performance of the Runebergskören BSB, a Swedish-speaking male choir from Porvoo, Finland. And another is the performance of The Reading Room at the Douglas County Historical Society, a play written by Ann Tuomi based on a real-life experience.