Road Stories Blog

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.

Home-schooled children embrace global music in Wilmington, OH

By Lindajoy Fenley

A small but enthusiastic group of home-schooled children welcomed Aysenur Kolivar’s ensemble to Ohio by listening, dancing, and playing the musicians’ unique instruments from Turkey.

Baladino meets Brookings, SD

By Ken Carlson

We’re always pleased when Arts Midwest World Fest ensembles connect with different audiences in our partner communities. Buckle up for a tour of your own and marvel at the many ways Baladino connected with folks in Brookings, South Dakota!

Lebanon, IL welcomes Turkish musicians

By Lindajoy Fenley

Southern Illinois gave a warm and varied welcome to the Turkish musicians beginning their first Arts Midwest World Fest tour this week.

Baladino enjoys a banner week in Thief River Falls, MN

By Ken Carlson

The very long drive from Rhinelander, Wisconsin to Thief River Falls, Minnesota was worth every mile. Baladino was welcomed with a beautiful banner and serenaded in Hebrew, and the group thoroughly enjoyed its week in the community.

Baladino in Rhinelander, WI – Move over Joan Baez!

By Ken Carlson

Baladino’s recent visit to Rhinelander was so well-received that one public concert at Nicolet College just wasn’t enough. A second, earlier concert was added on the same day, and that concert nearly sold out, too, despite an unusual concert hour. We’re told that not even Joan Baez’ Nicolet College concert resulted in such box office demand!

It was a wonderful first week of touring for Baladino.

A special message from Paulo Padilha

By Paulo Padilha

Oi, Amigos! / Hello, my friends!

It has been many days since we arrived home after the second part of Arts Midwest Tour. I am still putting things in place, but I feel that’s absolutely necessary to talk about this wonderful experience that me and my friends have lived in the program.

Maybe my English skills are not enough to explain how this program was important for us, but I’m not worried, because my Portuguese skills would not be enough, too!!

Actually, it is impossible to describe in words the richness of this experience.