Unni Boksasp Ensemble welcomed to Corydon

By Ken Carlson, Senior Program Director

Welcome receptions are a small part of each residency week but they can do so much to set the tone and get the week off to a good start. Such was the case in Corydon, Indiana. It seems the Unni Boksasp Ensemble could not have felt any more at home in Norway than the members did in Corydon.

Yamma Ensemble in Wabash/Hartford City, Indiana

A large group of people poses in the countryside.

By Eric Young Smith

I arrived with Yamma Ensemble in Wabash, Indiana to find our hosts, Andrea Zwiebel and Tod Minnich, welcoming us to a wonderful reception. These two work with Honeywell Center, an incredible facility capable of hosting levels of celebrity and production one would think to find only in a metropolis. But, this is a quaint, beautiful, Midwest town, and it shows in the warmth of their smiles and the enthusiasm expressed by all attendees of the reception.

Keeping busy in Terre Haute, Indiana

In a TV studio, musicians shake hands with a man.

By Shigeyo Henriquez

The week in Terre Haute, Indiana started with such a nice reception at the home some Arts Illiana board members, a performance at the library, workshops at the elementary schools—our schedules were filled. We often feel a bit of tired, but no one ever complains. Beauty & Melody members are always willing and proud to show their music and culture. Community people, young or old, are also eager to lean Chinese culture and their music!

Every new community we visit something happens unexpectedly.

Terre Haute, Indiana

Agatsuma plays shamisen while people watch at nearby cafe tables.

By Shigeyo Henriquez

When we started this tour in mid April, the first community was Marquette, Michigan, where we shivered in snow. It’s now early May and the weather is definitely warmer, the bright ray of the sun makes us squint. It’s almost too hot that we need to wear lightweight clothes.

Warm Reception

Musicians on stage

By Lindajoy Fenley, tour manager

Arts Illiana’s offices were filled when we arrived Sunday evening. After introductions and a few questions, members of the ensemble were also interviewed by a local television station. All of us chatted with Terre Haute community members who had put out a delicious spread of food. We took vegetarian soup, cheesecake and other goodies back to our downtown accommodations, which feature kitchenettes in each room.

Week three of our four week tour has begun!

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