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Israeli folk band to visit local schools
Monday, September 30, 2013 11:00 AM
Baladino is touring the U.S. as part of a cultural enrichment program. (Submitted photo)
Baladino, an Israeli-Mediterranean folk band, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Hanover College's Lynn Center for Fine Arts.
Baladino takes its audience on a journey through music of the Mediterranean region - music carried to Israel by people from Spain, Eastern Europe, Turkey and Arab lands - according to a news release.
The name Baladino combines the words baladi, a popular rhythm pattern in Middle Eastern music, and Ladino, the main language of Sephardic Jews.
Tickets for Baladino are $12 in advance, $15 at the door for adults; $12 for seniors (65 or older) and Hanover faculty and staff; and $5 for youth (high school and younger).
The concert is part of a multi-city tour sponsored by Arts Midwest World Fest, the National Endowment for the Arts, 3M Foundation, MetLife Foundation and the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest.
The performance is part of a week-long series of events. Baladino will hold a music workshop from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, at the Withrow Student Activities Center at Hanover College. The event is free and open to the public, who are encouraged to bring an instrument if they play.
Baladino will have two performances Tuesday morning and afternoon at Prince of Peace Schools. They will also perform for the Madison Fine Arts Academy on Wednesday.
Aaron Kelsey, director of the Fine Arts Academy, says he doesn't know exactly what the members of Baladino will be going over with students, he expects them to play some songs and touch on how to be a professional working in the arts.
"We're trying to do more enrichment programs like this for our students," Kelsey said.
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