World Tour of Music brings Italian folk music to area students

WASHINGTON TWP. – Washington Elementary School students tapped their toes and clapped along as a trio of musicians performed an upbeat folk song that once echoed through the countryside of Italy.

While they didn’t understand what was being said, the students knew exactly what was being conveyed.

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“Music is so interesting,” Anthony Taddeo, percussionist and composer for the Cleveland-based Alla Boara musical ensemble, told the students. “Music makes you feel things. It makes you remember things.”

That’s exactly what happened to fifth grader Izzy Santee.

“That reminded me of a movie I once saw,” Santee told the group after a trio from the group played a playful piece during a presentation at their school earlier this week.

The presentation is part of Ohio Regional Music Arts Cultural Outreach’s World Tour of Music. It brings talented artists from around the globe to perform concerts and public workshops throughout Stark, Medina, Summit, Ashland, Wayne and Lorain counties.

The Italian folk group Alla Boara performs for students at Washington Elementary School as part of the World Tour of Music. The group will make many stops during its week-long tour including at Jackson Local Schools.

As the first leg of Alla Boara’s tour, they stopped at Marlington Local’s Washington and Marlboro elementary schools.

They also visited Jackson Local Schools in Stark. They also have performances at Cloverleaf Local Schools Medina County Juvenile Detention Center and the Western Reserve Masonic Home in Medina County before a public concert at OJ Work Auditorium in Wadsworth on Saturday.

What is the Ohio Regional Music Arts Cultural Outreach?

The Ohio Regional Music Arts Cultural Outreach – or ORMACO – aims to make cultural experiences accessible to everyone. This is the first time the group has been back in schools since the pandemic began and organizers are excited to restart the program.