STERLING – Arts Midwest World Fest, a program of Minneapolis-based Arts Midwest, has named Woodlawn Arts Academy a partner through 2019.
Through the 2-year partnership, Arts Midwest will bring four international music ensembles to the Sauk Valley.
Manhu, hailing from the Stone Forest of Yunnan Province in southwestern China, will present the first concert at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at Centennial Auditorium, 1608 Fourth Ave.
The ensemble brings to life the traditions of the Yi people, an ethnic minority group with a rich musical history.
Playing the hulusheng, a mouth organ made from dried gourds, and even an ordinary leaf used as a reed, the group plays instruments that are well-known in their homeland but rarely seen on an international stage.
Tickets are $10 each at centennialauditorium.org and the academy, 3807 Woodlawn Road.
The partnership also will also feature Sofi & the Baladis, an Israeli folk band with ancient Samaritan melodies, Odekoza of Japan, featuring the powerful sounds and rhythms of taiko drumming, and Unni Boksasp, playing the warm sound of Norway’s lively folk music.
Call 815-625-4278 for more information.