Finland’s 100th anniversary opening
Customs House at 19.00
Timo Närhinsalo presents his acclaimed dramatic monologue, “Viimeinen Päiväkäsky.” (Last Orders)
A Mannerheim-influenced supé (an upscale meal) will be served after the presentation, during which music will be performed.
C.G.E. Mannerheim, president – Timo Närhinsalo
Place: St. Michel
Time: The evening of 21.1.1945
C.G.E Mannherheim is sitting in the office of his headquarters. For two days he’s there, drafting an agreement. He models it on the VSB pact between Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Untion, which he’s gotten from Zdanov.
In the meantime he’s in touch with Helsingfors, Paasikivi, Tanner – all headquarter generals. All the while, Colonel Grönvall is within earshot.
The marshal is penning a farewell of sorts to St. Michel, a city that has been his headquarters for three wars. He’s alone, as always. General Airo now leads the war against Germany.
Mannherheim sits isolated in a prison that he himself has created down to the smallest detail. He can see farther – in both the future and the past – than anyone else. Patriotic music plays in the background … perhaps Eroica.
He weighs the past against the future possibilities in an attempt to figure out his next move.
-First premiered in April 2000 in the officer’s club at St. Michel’s.
Fish (pike perch) á la Mannerheim
Drinks (alcoholic beverages will be served)
The evening’s musical menu:
Marianne Tunkkari, soprano
Sari Viinikainen, accordion
Finnish music: Oskar Merikanto, Heino Kaski, Jean Sibelius, Lasse Pihlajamaa, etc.
Tickets 80€ (Includes presentation; three-course dinner and drinks; musical performance.)
The evening’s program will last approximately 3 hours.