The Legion Memorial Building will be the setting for a special public concert by Baladino, a Mediterranean folk band that offers fresh, yet deeply authentic interpretations of 500-year-old Sephardic and Ladino melodies. The concert will be 7 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $10 for adults. Students are free.
The concert is supported locally by the Encore Performing Arts series, the Center at Donaldson, and the Marshall County Community Foundation. Culver Academies’ Spiritual Life and the Global Studies Institute are offering assistance while the group is on campus. The band will be conducting three student workshops on Wednesday.
Baladino is bringing new life to a dying language. Ladino is a Judeo-Spanish dialect traced back to the expulsion of the Sephardic Jews from Spain in 1492. The band’s mission is to keep the Ladino music tradition alive while moving it forward using instrumental improvisations and soaring vocals.
“Baladino was created because we wanted to find interesting, new sounds for Ladino,” Yael Badash, the lead singer, said in one interview. She added that the band members have been influenced by several western artists. “Our place as modern musicians is to bring our world to old Ladino songs and give them new life – modern life.”
Tickets will be available at the Legion before the concert. Academies Director of Spiritual Life Samuel Boys also has tickets on campus. Other advance ticket outlets in Plymouth are ASK for Flowers, WTCA Radio, the Life Enrichment Center, Martin’s Supermarket, The Pilot-News, Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, and Wagoner’s Music.