Musical Exchange Begins in North Dakota

By Lindajoy Fenley

Just one hour after arriving in Dickinson, North Dakota, Sofi and the Baladis launched their four-week Arts Midwest World Fest tour at the Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge, their home for the next week.

Dr. Thomas Mitzel, Dickinson State University (DSU) President welcomed the group with words while Music Professor Jeremy Wohletz and Dickinson State University Graduate Jon Tangen welcomed them with music.

Arts Midwest President and CEO David Fraher, who had flown to Israel last year to meet the group, told the university community how Sofi and the Baladis would help make Midwesterners become the global citizens of the future through their 2017 and 2018 World Fest tours.

There was also time to mingle with DSU faculty. It looks like Sofi and Margaret Marcusen of the university’s communications department connected!

Everyone is set to bring the diverse music & culture of Israel alive for communities in the Midwest!