Tour Dates and Venues Announced


Baltimore, MD – July 21, 2017 – Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation has awarded $103,510 in grants supporting 44 performing arts engagements through its 2017-2018 Mid Atlantic Tours program. The grants, awarded directly to presenting organizations, will support engagements by the following artists at venues throughout the mid-Atlantic region. All engagements will include public performances and activities designed to foster greater appreciation for artists’ work and offer meaningful exchanges between artists and the public. Information on the Mid Atlantic Tours program and a complete list of Current Tours, including presenters and dates, can be accessed here. For specific performance dates and times, please contact the appropriate presenting organization.

Artist Ashley Bathgate with neck of cello. Promotional shot.

Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

Contemporary Chamber: Ashley Bathgate (New York, NY) 

Cellist Ashley Bathgate ventures into previously uncharted areas of sounds and techniques, breaking the mold of a cello’s traditional voice. In addition to her solo work, she is also a member of the award winning, internationally acclaimed sextet, Bang on a Can All-Stars.

Five member ensemble Bombay Rickey. Four men one woman in black and red outfits for promotional shot.

Photo: Christopher Lovenguth.

Contemporary Vocal: Bombay Rickey (New York, NY) 

Bombay Rickey is a five-piece, New York-based band with a unique sound evocative of 1960s movie soundscapes. The group plays both covers and original music that borrow equally from the worlds of surf rock, cumbia, spaghetti-Western, and Bollywood, balanced out with a little coloratura soprano.

Ballet X male dancer in split on grey background.

Photo: Alexander Iziliaev.

Dance: BalletX (Philadelphia, PA)

BalletX, founded in 2005, produces original choreography that expands the vocabulary of classical dance for all audiences. The resident dance company of The Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, the company also tours nationally and internationally.

Church Sisters standing in front of an old pickup truck at dusk.

Photo: Courtesy of artist.

Folk & Traditional: The Church Sisters (Galax, VA) 

Church Sisters, Savannah and Sarah Church, is a twin-sister powerhouse duo from Galax, VA. The musical heritage of the region of their upbringing rings true to their voices along with the eclectic feel of a wide array of musical genres: Country, Americana, Bluegrass, Roots, and Folk.

Jazz musician Melissa Aldana promo photo with saxophone.

Photo: Courtesy of artist.

Jazz: Melissa Aldana (New York, NY)

A native of Santiago, Chile, Melissa Aldana’s music studies began with her father, acclaimed jazz saxophonist Marcos Aldana.  Since moving to the US in 2006 to attend Berklee College of Music, Melissa has won the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition and the 2015 Downbeat critics poll Rising Star category.

Actor Daniel Beaty in performance gesturing with one finger towards the sky.

Photo: Lelund Durond.

Theater: Daniel Beaty (New York, NY)

Daniel Beaty is an Obie, NAACP, Audelco, and Ovation Award winning actor.  He will tour in EMERGENCY, a one man play in which he portrays 43 different characters.

All-female African ensemble Nobuntu in performance singing and clapping with drum in foreground.

Photo: Werner Puntigam/pntgm EAR X EYE.

World Music: Nobuntu (Zimbabwe)

Nobuntu, the female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe, has drawn international acclaim for its inventive performances that range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro Jazz to Gospel. The ensemble’s concerts are performed with pure voices, augmented by minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments such as the Mbira (thumb piano) and organic, authentic dance movements.

Funding for these tours is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program, with additional funding from the Delaware Division of the Arts.

About Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation develops partnerships and programs that reinforce artists’ capacity to create and present work and advance access to and participation in the arts. The Foundation was created in 1979 and is a private non-profit organization that is closely allied with the region’s state arts councils and the National Endowment for the Arts. It combines funding from state and federal resources with private support from corporations, foundations, and individuals to address needs in the arts from a regional, national, and international perspective. To learn more about MAAF, its programs and services, visit our website at


Karen Newell
Director, External Affairs
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

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