WILMINGTON — Le Vent du Nord “captures the energy and mirth of a Saturday night kitchen party, infusing old Québec with a breath of fresh, cosmopolitan air.”
Considered a driving force in progressive folk, the group will perform Saturday night at the Murphy Theatre as well as taking part in performances and workshops throughout Clinton County this week.
Since its founding in 2002, Le Vent du Nord has won critical acclaim and audience adoration across Europe and North America. The quartet has performed well over 1,000 concerts, racking up prestigious awards including two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Canadian Folk Music Award, and “Artist of the Year” at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.
The band delivers catchy songs and tunes, some taken from the Québec traditional folk repertoire while others are original compositions. Its concert will feature songs from the ensemble’s latest CD, Têtu.
The ensemble includes four outstanding musicians: Nicolas Boulerice on the hurdy-gurdy and piano, Simon Beaudry on guitar and bouzouki as well as vocals, Olivier Demers on violin, guitar and rhythm, and Réjean Brunet on the accordion.
“It’s not often smaller communities like ours have the chance to host international ensembles like Le Vent du Nord, let alone for a full week,” said Leslie Keller-Biehl. “The music and culture Le Vent du Nord shares will be absolutely fascinating and different from what we typically hear. Le Vent du Nord will visit many schools and community locations during the week and present a full public concert as well. We expect this residency will be a delightful experience for everyone.”
Arts Midwest, one of six U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, partners with program sponsors like The National Endowment for the Arts and 3M to cover a substantial portion of the program cost so communities throughout the Midwest can enjoy this rich arts experience.
The Murphy Theatre in Wilmingtonwas selected as one of nine Midwestern cities to host the 2015-2017 Arts Midwest World Fest and is the only partner community chosen in Ohio.
“It’s a real honor to be part of this program,” said Maretta Alden, Murphy Theatre Executive Director. “We really enjoyed working with the artists who have already visited as part of Arts Midwest World Fest and know Le Vent du Nord will be a lot of fun.”
“We need to thank The Tom E. Dailey Foundation, Southern State Community College and Hampton Inn and Suites Wilmington for their support to bring this unique opportunity to our community for a nominal ticket price.”
“Arts Midwest’s goal is to make meaningful and lasting impressions on the communities that host this program,” said David Fraher, president & CEO of Arts Midwest. “We think week-long residencies can offer so much more than one-day visits. There are more opportunities to truly connect with each other whether through workshops in schools, concerts in the greater community, or through social gatherings. We want this to be a rich experience for the entire community.”
Le Vent du Nord is one of four ensembles to visit Wilmington over the course of this two-year partnership with Arts Midwest. The other ensembles featured in this program come from Israel, Turkey and China.
Le Vent du Nord tickets,workshops
Le Vent du Nord will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at the Murphy Theatre, 50 W. Main S., Wilmington. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the box office opening at 5 p.m. Tickets are available at www.themurphytheatre.org, at our box office now through Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and the evening of the show. Box seats are $20. All other seats are $13. All fees are included in the ticket price.
Workshops will be taking place throughout the community this week. The public is invited to attend workshops at Southern State Community College, 100 Hobart Drive, Hillsboro, at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, and at the Wilmington Public Library at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Le Vent du Nord will be making a visit to Ohio Living Cape May on Thursday. The Murphy Theatre will be hosting home schoolers at 10 a.m. Wednesday — the public is welcome.
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