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Now, that listener you heard from is probably not going to like this next piece either. It's about a men's vocal group from Finland currently visiting the U.S. The group's specialty is shouting. NPR's Noah Adams heard about the group in an email alert.

NOAH ADAMS: This is Dupont Circle in downtown Washington. People are having lunch on the benches here. And very soon, we've been told, the men's shouting choir from Finland will appear. And that does need repeating, a group of men from Finland who do not sing the words, they shout the words. Mieskuoro Huutajat is close to how they would say it in Finnish, Men's Shouting Choir. They got started 20 years ago, have some CDs, do some touring.

Here in Washington, their performances were street art. Unannounced, unsmiling, they walk into the Dupont Circle Park, black suit, white shirts, black ties made from bicycle inner tubes. 23 men, they follow each other in single file around the fountain. They've walked around once, and it appears are going to assemble over here in the grass and shout.

(Soundbite of Mieskuoro Huutajat shouting)

ADAMS: Loud Finnish words from robust looking Finns, Finns who sometimes appear anguished.

(Soundbite of Mieskuoro Huutajat shouting)

Ms. MARY LEEVY: My ancestors came from Finland, and I'm very proud.

ADAMS: Mary Leevy (ph) had seen an email from the Finnish Embassy, as had many others. Other people thought perhaps it was a protest or, like engineer Serged Raydell (ph), maybe a funeral. They were wearing black.

Mr. SERGED RAYDELL: And they were marching, one after the other, so can you tell me what they are all about?

ADAMS: The founder and the director of the group, Petri Sirvio, says his guys sometimes do seem displeased, but they take satisfaction from a good performance.

Mr. PETRI SIRVIO (Founder and Director, Mieskuoro Huutajat): If you succeed in a good piece of art, you are happy.

ADAMS: It was a 10 minute concert at Dupont Circle in Washington. And before they marched off to another surprise venue, Mieskuoro Huutajat of Finland shouted the U.S. National Athem.

(Soundbite of Mieskuoro Huutajat shouting the U.S. National Anthem)

ADAMS: Noah Adams, NPR News.

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