Baladino greets community members across Wilmington, OH

By Ken Carlson

The first week of Baladino’s latest tour was packed with connections all across Wilmington, Ohio, and neighboring communities. The ensemble enjoyed connecting with so many different segments of the community.

The Murphy Theatre and community members in Wilmington, Ohio, welcomed Baladino to town with a lovely reception at the Methodist Church. This was the first event of Baladino’s current four-week Midwest tour. Attendees responded enthusiastically to the music Baladino shared, and the music provided a good foundation for conversation and the meal that followed.

Baladino’s week included stops at Denver Place and East End Elementary schools, workshops at the local library and senior center, a visit to schools in nearby Dayton, connections with home school families, and a stop at Southern State University. Whew! It’s been a good week – thanks to Maretta Alden and the Murphy Theatre for hosting Baladino!

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

Yonnie Dror brings the magic of the zurna to students at East End Elementary in Wilmington, Ohio.

Students at Wright Brothers School enjoy the opportunity to see and hear the zurna up close.

“The function of the Double Bass is to give a foundation and to bridge the percussion and the melodic instruments together,” says Daniel Sapir at a workshop.

Renditions of a wedding song inspire a workshop participant to dance at Wright Brothers School in Dayton, Ohio.

Students from nearby Hillel Academy also attended the workshop at Wright Brothers School.

Yonnie Dror shows off a poster for the Arts Midwest World Fest concert at the end of the week in Wilmington, Ohio.

Baladino offers a music sample for guests during a reception at the Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton, a unique art center dedicated to building community using the mosaic art form.

Homeschool students are invited to participate in a workshop on stage at Murphy Theater in Wilmington, Ohio…

…where Yshai Afterman gets in depth questioning about his drumming technique…

…and kids of all ages demonstrate exceptional enthusiasm!

Baladino stops for a quick photo in front of the Mosaic Institute with Maretta Alden and Jane Hochstein, the program hosts at the Murphy Theater in Wilmington, Ohio. Thanks for a great week!


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