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Finnish Folk Duo Aallotar to Present Workshop, Concert, Dance on October 12

The Finnish folk music duo Aallotar: Sara Pajunen (left) and Teija NikuHANCOCK, MI -The Finnish folk music duo Aallotar will present violin and accordion music workshops and a concert and dance on Saturday, October 12, 2013, at the Finlandia University Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock.

The duo features Finnish American violinist Sara Pajunen (of the popular Minneapolis-based folk duo Kaivama) and Finnish accordionist Teija Niku (of the acclaimed Helsinki-based folk duo Polka Chicks). Both women performed at this year's FinnFest USA in the Copper Country. Their Hancock performance is part of the duo's first-ever U.S. concert tour.

From 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., on October 12, the women will conduct workshops on their respective instruments. The workshops are open to students of all levels and abilities, although some experience is necessary. Pre-registration for the workshops is required; the workshop fee is $25 per person. Violins may be rented for $5.

At 7:00 p.m., on October 12, the duo will perform a concert, followed by a dance. Concert tickets, available at the door, are $5 per person. Finlandia University students may attend free with a valid university ID.

The Finnish American Heritage Center is on the campus of Finlandia University at 435 Quincy Street in Hancock.

For more information or to register for a workshop, call 906-487-7505. Visit the duo's website at

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