The music of the Black Sea will come to southeast Michigan from Nov. 1-6 when Turkish singer-songwriter Aysenur Kolivar and her band visit the Adrian area for a weeklong residency.
Kolivar is the first performer to visit the region as part of Arts Midwest World Fest, a program that connects small and mid-sized Midwestern communities to world cultures through week-long residencies with global performers. The Croswell Opera House in Adrian is the Michigan host site for Arts Midwest’s 2015-17 cycle.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for a new musical experience,” said Croswell artistic director Jere Righter. “Aysenur Kolivar’s music is lyrical and beautiful, and it’s a style that we don’t often get to hear. Anyone who loves hearing the way people around the world express themselves through music will enjoy her visit.”
Over the course of the week, the ensemble will give a series of educational workshops about their music and their culture. The week will wrap up with a final concert at the Croswell.
“Arts Midwest’s goal is to make meaningful and lasting impressions on the communities that host this program,” explained David Fraher, president and CEO of Arts Midwest, a nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis. “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.”
Some of the workshops will take place during the day at schools around Lenawee County, but three of the sessions will be open to the general public. They are:
- Adrian District Library — 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, in the library meeting room.
- Adrian Dominican Sisters campus — 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, in Maria Hall.
- Hudson Area Schools — 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in the middle/high school media center.
The final concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at the Croswell. It will coincide with Adrian First Fridays activities downtown. Admission is $10 per person, with a reduced rate of $5 for students.
The 2015-17 Arts Midwest World Fest cycle is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, 3M Foundation, Anime Twin Cities, and nine state arts commissions, including the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
If you go
· What: Concert by Turkish folksinger Aysenur Kolivar
· When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6
· Where: Croswell Opera House, 129 E. Maumee St., Adrian
· Tickets: $10 ($5 for students)
· More info: croswell.org