Forest City is the only city in Iowa to be invited to participate in the 2015-17 cycle of Arts Midwest World Fest. Through this two year partnership, Arts Midwest will bring four international music ensembles to the community. Each ensemble will spend a week in Forest City, sharing unique culture and music through workshops in schools, in community locations, and through a public concert celebration at the end of the week. Le Vent du Nord is the second of four ensembles to visit Forest City.

Le Vent du Nord members: Nicolas Boulerice -vocals, Hurdy Gurdy, piano. Simon Beadry - vocals, guitar. Olivier Demers - violin, guitar, mandolin, vocals, and guest musician JF Branchaud - vocals and fiddler.

A welcome reception for Le Vent du Nord at Oak Knoll.

Welcome reception for Le Vent du Nord at Oak Knoll was sponsored by Waldorf University and Forest City Community Schools. Le Vent du Nord performed to a crowd 55 people from 16 to 65yrs old. Waldorf University students and Forest City High School students and several high school students shared their talents as they performed for the visiting ensemble.

Over 400 Forest City Elementary students from 2nd through 5th grade were enthralled by the performance and musical instruments of Le Vent du Nord.

A band workshop with 5th and 6th graders at North Iowa Schools, in the small nearby rural community of Buffalo Center, offered an opportunity to learn from professional musicians and improve their skills

An interactive performance for the 300 students at North Iowa Schools.

Forest City Schools contact, Michelle Jacobson and Audrey Olmstead, community hostess chat before the High School performance.

Le Vent du Nord performs for 650 Forest City High School and Middle School students.

Students and teachers were dancing through this engaging and lively interactive concert!

Beyond learning about the instruments and culture, the students were able to make a connection with the musicians.

Performing at the Forest City High School.

Sharing their talent with several instruments, hurdy gurdy, piano, guitar, accordion and fiddle. A true learning experience for young and old at the YMCA and Good Samaritan Nursing Home .

Le Vent du Nord performed at the Community Concert at Immanuel Lutheran Church on April 28th. Over 300 community members attended the lively concert.

Ending with several standing ovations and an uplifted audience, this community concert touched all who attended.

A huge thank you to Dr. Kristin Jonina Taylor and Audrey Olmsted who coordinated the community concert.

Listen to the music of Le Vent Du Nord!

Thank you to Arts Midwest World Fest, the Iowa Arts Council, 3M, and the National Endowment for the Arts for providing the Forest City Community with exposure to this world-class ensemble, Le Vent Du Nord!

Coordination of the week-long residency was a collaborative effort of Forest City Community Schools, Waldorf University, Grow Forest City and community host Audrey Olmstead.

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