Baladino in Rhinelander, WI – Move over Joan Baez!

By Ken Carlson

Baladino’s recent visit to Rhinelander was so well-received that one public concert at Nicolet College just wasn’t enough. A second, earlier concert was added on the same day, and that concert nearly sold out, too, despite an unusual concert hour. We’re told that not even Joan Baez’ Nicolet College concert resulted in such box office demand!

It was a wonderful first week of touring for Baladino. The ensemble connected with people of all ages from across the region and enjoyed north woods splendor at its cabins at Oaken Buckets Resort on the edge of Rhinelander.

Here’s a view of the Wisconsin River from one of the cabins, taken by Baladino’s Tomer Moked.

At the start of the tour, the ensemble enjoyed a Sunday afternoon boat ride courtesy of Judge Robert Kinney. The sun was bright, the air was warm, and the colors were magnificent. In another photo from Tomer Moked below, Baladino member Yonnie Dror and Arts Midwest staff member Ken Carlson are hard at work on tour plans. It’s difficult work!

Throughout the week, Baladino shared their music with a variety of audiences as seen in the photos below by Road Manager Eric Young Smith. The group delighted audiences during small, hands-on workshops…

…and larger performance demonstrations!

Baladino also learned about local culture during visits like the one below at Lac du Flambeau Public School and the classroom of Lisa Hernandez, the Director of Music Education…

…and a visit to the famous statue outside the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce featuring a legendary animal found in the north woods of Wisconsin, the Hodag! Many thanks to Jim Nuttall, Director of Theatre at Nicolet College and our community partner in Rhinelander, pictured in the middle with the ensemble and the statue.

And extra thanks to Julie Holperin, Community Representative for Nicolet College, pictured below with Daniel Sapir from Baladino. It was a great beginning for Baladino’s five weeks of touring!

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