Road Stories Blog

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.

Announcing the Arts Midwest World Fest 2015–2017 season

After another successful season of touring extraordinary music ensembles from around the world to our region, we are excited to announce the 2015–2017 season of Arts Midwest World Fest artists and communities. While planning is still in high gear, three of four ensembles have already been selected for this season.

Paulo Padilha and Group in Indiana

By Beto González

When Paulo Padilha and Group had pretty much lost all hope of ever being warm again, along comes a positively pleasant week of weather in the lovely Hanover and Madison, Indiana area.

Paulo Padilha and Group in DeKalb, IL

By Beto González

Nearly all of Paulo’s residency weeks have included workshops for large audiences and also opportunities to meet with people more personally. It’s really nice when this happens because the musicians get to enjoy the energy of the large audiences, but also really meet people in the smaller workshop groups.

DeKalb is a wonderful example of this and Paulo Padilha and Group really enjoyed the week.

Paulo Padilha and Group in Midland, MI

By Beto González

Paulo Padilha and group had a great visit in Midland, Michigan. The weather continued cold most of the week and what better way to warm up than to dance to catchy Brazilian rhythms.

Paulo Padilha and Group in Medina, OH

By Beto González

Tours never go exactly as planned, and such was the case with Paulo Padilha and Group’s visit to the Medina, Ohio area last week. The winds howled, snow fell by the shovels full, and temperatures fell to dangerous lows that cancelled schools and our workshops with them. Our Brazilian boys wondered just what they had gotten themselves into.

Shanren in Grand Forks, ND

By Shigeyo Henriquez

The last of Shanren’s nine weeks with Arts Midwest World Fest ended in Grand Forks, ND. The temperature was the coldest of all, yet we found people to be warm and welcoming.