Unni Boksasp Ensemble to perform in Marietta

Photo Provided Unni Boksasp of the Unni Boksasp Ensemble will perform 7 p.m. April 28 at Peoples Bank Theatre in the Arts Midwest World Fest program.

MARIETTA — The Unni Boksasp Ensemble, a musical group from Norway, will perform 7 p.m. April 28 at Peoples Bank Theatre in the Arts Midwest World Fest tour.

Unni Boksasp is a performer who has delved into the traditions of her homeland, studying music and dance with renowned singers and folk arts departments in Norway and beyond. Her arrangements of folk songs and original compositions have earned wide acclaim: she was a Norwegian national champion of traditional singing in 2010 and 2011 and won a Norwegian Grammy Award and Norwegian Folk Music Award for her 2010 album, Karamell.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the theater box office, by calling 740-371-5152 and online at peoplesbanktheatre.com.

The theater is in a two-year partnership with Minneapolis-based Arts Midwest. During the partnership, four international ensembles will visit Marietta, spending a week each.

The first ensemble, Manhu, visited last fall.

“It’s not often smaller communities like ours have the chance to host international ensembles like The Unni Boksasp Ensemble at all, let alone for a full week,” Hunt Brawley, theater director, said. “We’re fortunate. This is a rare opportunity for us to enjoy an authentic slice of Norwegian music and culture right here in the Mid-Ohio Valley.”

Arts Midwest, one of six U.S. regional arts organizations, partners with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Hearst Foundations, 3M and the Nordic Culture Fund to cover a substantial portion of the program cost so that communities throughout the Midwest can enjoy the performances.

Peoples Bank Theatre was selected as one of nine Midwest venues to host the 2017-2019 Arts Midwest World Fest and is the only partner community chosen in Ohio.

“It’s a real honor to be part of this program,” Brawley said.

Arts Midwest’s goal is to make meaningful and lasting impressions on the communities hosting the program, David Fraher, president & CEO of Arts Midwest, said.

“We think week-long residencies can offer so much more than one-day visits,” he said. “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.”

Arts Midwest World Fest presents international music ensembles in the nine-state region it serves with the goal of connecting small and mid-sized Midwestern communities to world cultures. Its mission is to “promote creativity, nurture cultural leadership, and engage people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives.”

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