This post is the third of five in a series that outlines key components of an Arts Midwest World Fest residency. Arts Midwest World Fest presents international musical ensembles in intensive week-long residencies in smaller Midwest communities. Its purpose is to foster an understanding of and appreciation for global uniqueness and differences. The residencies consist of school concerts, workshops, and outreach activities, and culminate in a public concert. This series will follow the Unni Boksasp Ensemble from Norway as they visit five Midwest towns during their second and final tour with Arts Midwest World Fest.
The idea with Arts Midwest World Fest is to “take the music to the people!” Our partners at the Sheldon Theatre do an excellent job of finding connections in all corners of the community—from school workshops with very young students to technical colleges, to a correctional facility, to factory cafeterias, to senior centers. It’s a wonderful opportunity for the ensemble to become a part of the community and equally so for Red Wing to get to the know the Unni Boksasp Ensemble and its music. Great connections!
The Unni Boksasp Ensemble gets ready for a workshop with young students at Red Cottage Montessori.
The group at Southwest Technical College, which specializes in building and repairing instruments of all kinds—a particularly interesting stop for all involved.
Folks at Southwest Technical College take a close look at Guro’s Hardanger fiddle
Janice Neitzel, Red Wing 3M Plant Manager, welcomed the ensemble to her Red Wing 3M plant and caught a couple of photos herself as the ensemble performed for employees.
With Scandinavian heritage so prominent in the region, many ancestral stories were shared each week.
Jennifer Staley of the Sheldon Theatre along with Kenneth from the group. Jennifer was the ensemble’s faithful companion all week and did a wonderful job.