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Highland High School to host Israeli folk band

Israeli folk band Baladino to perform Oct. 12 at Highland High School. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Baladino, an Israeli world music ensemble, will perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Highland High School auditorium thanks to a local music cultural outreach program.

The five-member band performs music of the Mediterranean region, music that was carried to Israel by people from Spain, Eastern Europe, Turkey and Arabic countries.

Band members are Tomer Moked, string player and musical arranger; Adam Ben Ezra, string bass; Yael Badash, vocals; Yonnie Dror, variety of wind instruments; and Yshai Afterman, percussion.

“It’s not often smaller communities like ours have the chance to host international ensembles like Baladino,” said Thomas Sigel, Medina resident and executive director of Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach, the local sponsor of the performance. Baladino also will present workshops at local schools and a public concert at 7 p.m.

Oct. 10 at Northwest High School’s auditorium in Canal Fulton in Stark County.

ORMACO typically would not have the resources to host such a week-long residency, Sigel said. However, Arts Midwest is one of six U.S. regional arts organizations that partners with program sponsors like the National Endowment for the Arts and 3M to cover a substantial portion of the program cost so that communities throughout the Midwest can enjoy this arts experience.

Medina and Stark counties were selected from nine Midwestern areas to host the 2013-15 Arts Midwest World Fest and are the only partner region chosen in Ohio.

Baladino will be the first of four ensembles to visit Medina and Stark counties over the course of this two-year partnership with Arts Midwest. The other ensembles featured in this program will come from Quebec, China and Brazil.

Advanced tickets for the concerts at Highland and Northwest high schools are $10 each and available at www.ormaco.org, by calling (330)722-2541, or at all Medina County Buehler’s locations beginning Sept. 1. Tickets are $12 at the door.

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