Baladino meets Brookings, SD

By Ken Carlson

We’re always pleased when Arts Midwest World Fest ensembles connect with different audiences in our partner communities. Buckle up for a tour of your own and marvel at the many ways Baladino connected with folks in Brookings, South Dakota!

The Brookings Arts Council did a wonderful job of providing a rich and interesting array of performance opportunities in Baladino’s recent residency. Baladino performed for…

  • senior citizens at the Brookings Activity Center
  • very young children at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota
  • employees at in the 3M factory cafeteria
  • large audiences of elementary and high school students at Brookings High School
  • equally large audiences at Brookings Middle School and Camelot Intermediate School
  • the public at the South Dakota Art Museum
  • the public at Ascension Lutheran Church
  • the public at South Dakota State University’s beautiful Performing Arts Center

Add to all of this a radio interview with South Dakota Public Radio and it’s a full schedule. Congratulations to the Brookings Arts Council and Baladino for a great week!

All photos and descriptions below are by Eric Young Smith, the road manager on tour with Baladino.

Baladino opened a week in Brookings with a workshop at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota.

The ensemble celebrated a great, longstanding partnership with 3M before a workshop at a 3M facility in Brookings.

Brookings Mayor Tim Reed declared October 11-18, 2015, to be official Baladino Week in Brookings, SD.

Brookings Arts Council provided a wonderful reception where Baladino included everyone in dance and song.

Yonnie demonstrated his shofar for elementary school students during a workshop at Brookings High School.

Yonnie and Tomer brought the sounds of the frame drum and zurna right to the audience!

We stopped for a quick team photo with a mural of the famous Brookings High School mascot.

Yonnie and Yael mixed it up with folks at the Brookings Activity Center.

Fun was had by all when the audience joined in singing at Ascension Lutheran Church.

Baladino gave an inspiring performance at South Dakota State University’s Performing Arts Center.

Everyone jumped in a photo representing proud participants of Brookings Arts Council, Baladino, and Arts Midwest World Fest.

We had a great week in Brookings filled with fun and adventure. Thank you Heather Kuhlman and all the volunteers at Brookings Arts Council for your exceptional hospitality!

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