Baladino creates new fans throughout Plymouth, IN

By Stephen Manuszak

The week in Plymouth, Indiana, featured traditional songs of welcome, roving student reporters, short pauses for selfies, and questions from curious audience members of all ages! Many thanks to our program partner, Debi Gidley at Encore Performing Arts, for sparking wonderful connections and discussion across Plymouth and neighboring communities.

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

Baladino arrived in Plymouth to find a festive reception at Moon Tree Studios, where we were treated to traditional song by Joshua Giorgio-Rubin…

…and Baladino was happy to return the favor.

Lincoln Jr. High School in Plymouth has a wonderful multimedia department. These students were anxious to capture the excitement of Baladino’s workshops for the week.

Music students at Lincoln Jr. High School were full of questions about Middle Eastern and Mediterranean music. This student is asking Yonnie about his soprano saxophone and how he bends the notes to work with 1/4 tones.

Baladino brightens the stage at Argos Jr. High, where Yonnie borrowed a baby buggy from the theater department to shelter his “babies” which include his Na, a “crying flute.”

Tomer and Yael take a quick selfie with students on stage after the workshop at Argo Jr. High.

World music fans made a trip to catch Baladino at The Center at Donaldson.

Yael’s singing and Yonnie’s fujara, a unique flute played upright, wowed the crowd at Cana Hall in The Center at Donaldson.

John Buggeln, Director of the Global Studies Institute at Culver Academies, talks about Arts Midwest World Fest and introduces Baladino before a workshop.

The line for this week’s public performance goes out the door as concertgoers head into Legion Memorial on Culver Academies Campus.

The campus of Culver Academies is very impressive. Great thanks go out to Rev. Sam Boys and Dr. John Buggeln for rolling out the red carpet while in Culver, IN, and to Debi Gidley of Encore Performing Arts, the coordinator for a great week in Plymouth and its neighboring communities!

Extra thanks to the team at the 3M facilities in Plymouth, IN – including our host Diana Schoof (first row on far left) – for coordinating a fantastic visit with Baladino and for their ongoing support of Arts Midwest World Fest!

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