Road Stories Blog

Baladino connects with groups of all ages in Adrian, MI

By Ken Carlson

Baladino enjoyed a splendid week in Adrian, Michigan. Jere Righter and her Croswell Opera House staff did a wonderful job with plans for the week.

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.

Le Vent du Nord builds connections in Thief River Falls, MN

By Ken Carlson

Many bands live only for the concert. Thank goodness Le Vent du Nord is not one of them! Each Le Vent du Nord residency with Arts Midwest World Fest is much more about personal connections. About sharing Québécois culture and music with community members through workshops and interactions of all kinds.

Le Vent du Nord gets folks dancing in Wahpeton, ND!

By Ken Carlson

The dancing didn’t start immediately though. First Le Vent du Nord had to get to Wahpeton. With knuckles as white as the driven snow through which the ensemble drove, Le Vent du Nord pushed through 50 mph hours winds and white-out conditions the night of February 8 to finally reach its Wahpeton hotel about 2:45 a.m. that day.

Call the fire department! Le Vent du Nord heats up Rhinelander, WI

By Ken Carlson

Actually, the members of Le Vent du Nord were invited guests of the Pine Lake Fire Department and other emergency responders from the Rhinelander area. It was an exciting way to reach folks who do such important work in the community.

Wahpeton, ND, puts an exclamation point on Baladino’s fall tour!

By Ken Carlson

Baladino had a wonderful week in Wahpeton, ND, where the ensemble’s first tour with the 2015–2017 Arts Midwest World Fest came to an end.

Warm appreciation for Aysenur Kolivar in Plymouth, IN

By Lindajoy Fenley

Midwesterners offered warm responses to the Turkish ensemble throughout this October–November tour. Here is just a small selection of the support that the group has received.

Busy, but peaceful, in Adrian, MI

By Lindajoy Fenley

A reception awaited Aysenur Kolivar’s ensemble in Adrian, MI, soon after the group drove in from Ohio on Sunday afternoon—and the schedule has been eventful ever since.

Baladino enjoys a wonderful week in Forest City, IA

By Ken Carlson

Baladino’s week in Forest City was marked by all kinds of happy experiences—from incredible crowds to charming lodging to a few unexpected surprises from this small town in Iowa.

Wilmington, Ohio: Lots of variety

By Lindajoy Fenley

Variety marked Arts Midwest World Fest’s first trip to Wilmington, Ohio, with Aysenur Kolivar’s Turkish ensemble performing for people of all ages at diverse locations. And thanks to a team effort organized by Murphy Theater Executive Director Maretta Alden, the ensemble got to know many community members.