Berkeley's Finnish Kaleva Hall was built in 1932 by local immigrant families. It is still home to Finnish Lodge #21, and is also used by local artists and community groups. Spaces are available to rent for classes, rehearsals, events, lectures, and more.
The Finnish Hall in Berkeley invites you and your members and friends to join us at the Bay Area Finnish-American Community to enjoy a matinee concert by Viipurin Lauluveikot, the Singing Fellows of Viipuri choir from Finland at the Finnish Hall in Berkeley, 1970 Chestnut St @ University Ave on September 3, @3pm. After the concert there is a reception with refreshments, coffee and Finnish pulla (sweetbread).
This year, 2017, is the Centenary of Finland's Declaration of Independence on December 6, 1917. Viipurin Lauluveikot was founded 120 years ago in Viipuri (since 1945 known as Vyborg, Russia), then the third largest and most cosmopolitan city in the autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland in the Czarist Russian Empire. As a result of World War II, Viipuri and the eastern part of Carelia was ceded to the Soviet Union in 1944. The choir relocated to Helsinki, Finland.
Presently, the male choir comprises 70 active, and 30 veteran singers. It performs works mostly by Finnish composers and especially songs about lost Viipuri and Carelia. The link below opens up a list of their recordings:
Ticket sales: You can buy tickets ($20.00 donation) in advance from the website www.brownpapertickets.com. Electronic payment only, no checks. By mail: Send a check to Finlandia Foundation Suomi, P.O.Box 2544, Bellingham, WA 98227. Tickets will also be available at the door.
All parking is free on Sundays and there is a nearby parking lot at Addison/Browning behind the Berkeley Unified School District Building.