Captivating Classical Chamber Music!

Ellison Bay Manor 2014 Philanthropy

Our world-class musicians are from organizations such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Pro Arte Quartet, Milwaukee Symphony and the Marlboro Music Festival, and perform with faculty from notable Midwestern universities. Over 25 chamber music concerts are presented each year at unique venues throughout Door County.

Lyric principles Jim and Jean Berkenstock (bassoonist and flutist) are the founders of Midsummer’s Music. They perform with our outstanding ensemble: violinists David Perry, Isabella Lippi, and Stephanie Preucil; violists Sally Chisholm and Allyson Fleck; cellist Walter Preucil; hornist John Fairfield; and pianists William Koehler, Bill Billingham and Jeannie Yu. In 2013 they were joined by bassist Jason Heath, clarinetists Elizandro Garcia-Montoya and Dileep Gangolli and hornist Matt Bronstein, along with oboist Margaret Butler.

Midsummer’s Music performs in intimate and casual settings throughout Door County such as art galleries, retreats, churches, and private homes. All concerts include an inviting reception where you can meet our musicians.

From the great masters such as Mozart, Schubert, and Dvorak (to name a few), to some lesser-known but very accomplished composers, each concert is an unforgettable musical experience.

Midsummer’s Music has been a part of the Door County arts scene for 24 years. From mid-June to mid-July and over the Labor Day holiday, our festival is enjoyed by residents and visitors alike, by people of all ages.

Pro Arte Quartet Returns to Door County

Pro Arte Quartet
Pro Arte Quartet

Midsummer’s Music announces the first Door County appearance of the 2014 season of the world famous Pro Arte Quartet, ensemble-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin, on Monday, May 5 at 7:30pm at the Ephraim Moravian Church for an evening of music by Mozart, Bartók, and more!
One of the world’s most distinguished string quartets, the Pro Arte Quartet, maintains a three-fold commitment to the performance of chamber music. The quartet promotes an exciting balance of old and new repertoire, seeking opportunities to commission and premiere works of living composers in a variety of contemporary styles. The quartet seeks to broaden the audience for string chamber music through a full schedule of concerts, tours, recordings, and broadcasts, forging a passionate connection with audiences of diverse backgrounds. The Pro Arte Quartet also honors its past as the first ensemble-in-residence at a major American university, combining performance, education, and service to the state. Pro Arte Quartet is the only quartet in the world to have reached such legendary longevity.
The ensemble has been in continuous existence since 1911-1912, when its founding students at the Brussels Conservatory in Belgium organized the ensemble. Two of the current members of the quartet, also regular members of Midsummer’s Music Festival, violinist David Perry and violist Sally Chisholm are joined by violinist Suzanne Beia and cellist Parry Karp. All hold positions at UW-Madison.
Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for students and reservations are recommended.
Arrangements for this event have been made through the UW-Madison Arts Outreach Program, a component of the UW-Madison Arts Institute.