Road Stories Blog

Baladino in Hanover, IN

By Eric Young Smith

Baladino has just wrapped up a week long residency in Hanover, Indiana, where they held a series of workshops and performances at Hanover College and other local schools. The photos from Hanover show their connection to their audience and their love of performing.

Le Vent Du Nord in Bemidji, MN

Outdoor music workshop.

By Shigeyo Henriquez

Le Vent du Nord’s time in Bemidji, Minnesota included a visit with a local Rotary Club, plenty of school workshops for kids of all ages, and an afternoon at Concordia Language Villages. Read on to learn more and see photos from the residency.

Baladino Workshops in DeKalb, IL

Sycamore Middle School workshop. Photo by Eric Young Smith.

Baladino had a great week in DeKalb, Illinois! Thanks to everyone who attended a workshop, came to an event, or joined us at the public concert. Read on for some of the week’s highlights.

Le Vent Du Nord in Grand Forks

By Shigeyo Henriquez

Le Vent Du Nord has completed their residency in Grand Forks, ND. Enjoy a few photo highlights of their time performing and leading workshops.

Reception in Grand Forks

Playing instruments for a small group

By Shigeyo Henriquez

Le Vent du Nord arrived in Grand Forks on September 22 in good shape, and the group is eager to begin workshops after an enjoyable gathering at the home of North Valley Arts Council Director, Marie Strinden.

Chicago and Madison World Music Festivals

Baladino at the Chicago World Music Festival.

Baladino performed at the Constellation on September 19 as part of the Chicago World Music Festival. The ensemble was very well-received, with approximately 100 people in attendance at this cozy venue.

Interview with Baladino's Yonnie Dror

Yonnie plays the flute during a school workshop. Photo by Eric Young Smith.

We asked Yonnie Dror a few questions in advance of Baladino’s upcoming Arts Midwest World Fest tour. Learn about what Yonnie is looking forward to on this tour, why he loves making pasta, and how he got his start playing wind instruments.

Learning about Israel and Québec, Canada

A plate of poutine (fried potatoes with cheese curds and gravy)

By Stephen Manuszak / Arts Midwest

As we get ready for two exciting years of music with Arts Midwest World Fest, we’re also eager to learn about the artists who will be visiting us from Israel and Québec, Canada.

What is Israel like? Is it hot there? What kind of instruments do they play in Québec? What foods to they eat, and how do you say, “Hello?”

Check out our study guides on Israel and Québec to learn more, and keep watching for guides on China and Brazil!

White egrets deliver a beautiful message in Saugatuck, MI

Great white egret in flight.

Emiko Susilo, the Assistant Artistic Director of Çudamani, told us about a moving experience the ensemble had in Saugatuck, Michigan following the public concert. Stories like these demonstrate again and again that Arts Midwest World Fest is helping us connect in meaningful ways!

Gracious hosts in Detroit Lakes, MN

People standing in the kitchen at a party.

Tarim enjoyed a lovely social event at the home of Greg and Marcia Potvin in Detroit Lakes, MN. The evening was a wonderful connection for everyone as Greg and Marcia’s note below demonstrates: