Road Stories Blog

Manhu in Corydon, Indiana

By Shigeyo Henriquez

Our Corydon welcome reception was held at the beautiful home of Dr. and Mrs Mark Eastridge. It was the first time Manhu was able to visit someone’s home. We sat around the table on the porch looking out at the beautiful garden in the woods. Deer grazed in distance as we raised our glasses to toast.

Concert in Sterling, Illinois

By Shigeyo Henriquez

Manhu had a great performance in Illinois last week. The concert was very well-received, and afterward audience members waited in line to purchase CDs and get them autographed by members of of the band.

Manhu in Sterling, Illinois

By Shigeyo Henriquez

The second week we are in Sterling, Illinois. We are greeted with a warm welcome by a room full of Woodlawan Arts Academy staff and members.

Concert in Prairie du Chien

By Shigeyo Henriquez

Will anyone come to the Manhu concert? Our Prairie du Chien hosts were concerned, but about 6:30 p.m. students started to come with their parents, grandparents and siblings.

A line formed to enter the theater which was soon pleasantly filled with an enthusiastic audience.

Many in the audience were familiar with some of the songs and dance from earlier in the week.

Manhu Wow'd by Prairie du Chien, WI

By Shigeyo Henriquez

Manhu arrived in Prairie du Chien late afternoon on Sunday, September 10th.

Manhu receives a warm welcome in Chicago, IL

By Shigeyo Henriquez

Manhu arrived in Chicago on September 7 after nearly twenty hours of travel. On the 8th there was no time to rest. The group was off to Fredric Chopin Elementary School in Chicago for its first workshop.

Celebrating the 2015–2017 Arts Midwest World Fest

By Ken Carlson

The 2015–2017 Arts Midwest World Fest cycle has come to an end. Well over three hundred workshops in schools and community locations for people of all ages, thirty-six public concerts, one rough snowstorm, and countless wonderful connections—a few of which you can see in the photos below.

Arts Midwest World Fest Makes a New Connection

By Ken Carlson


Shigeyo (second from left) and Togawa-san (second from right) with Bamboo Orchestra in Columbus, IN (2005-2007 cycle). Photo by Karen Shrode.

A spectacular finish in Rhinelander

By Lindajoy Fenley

Our Rhinelander reception was spectacular. After an eight-hour drive from Minnesota, we were greeted by a huge, shining orb—a giant moon just one day before the exact date of the November “supermoon.” It hovered just above the lake in front of two cabins that were the final stop of Lorraine Klaasen’s tour, and our host for the week, Nicolet College Theater Director Jim Nuttall, took a quick snapshot. The week proved to be as marvelous as that beautiful moon and our hard-working host had promised.

Beautiful Greeting from Native Americans

By Lindajoy Fenley

When Lorraine Klaasen issued her signature, “Good morning, everyone!” in a way to elicit a strong response from each and every student present at Lac du Flambeau Public School, several students instead said, “Boozhoo!” Several ensemble members speak French and thought they heard “Bonjour.” However, the Native American students had greeted their South African visitors in the Ojibwe language.