Midsummer’s Music will perform 21 chamber music concerts between June 10th and July 17th as a part of its 2011 Festival Season. ‘A Musical Journey‘ is the way this season is being characterized, and that refers to both a musical exploration and the opportunity to investigate and enjoy some of Door County’s most beautiful sites. “Musically speaking, we are covering a lot of territory,” said Jim Berkenstock, Artistic Director of Midsummer’s Music. “Our performances will draw on some splendid examples of music from Norway, Russia, Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Denmark, and the U.S.”
However, while their ears are being treated to a virtual travelogue, concertgoers will experience some of Door County’s most glorious sites and vistas. “We have several concerts in elegant homes with breathtaking water views,” said Kathleen Pearson, Executive Director of Midsummer’s Music. “Our concerts cover much of the Peninsula from Sturgeon Bay to Gills Rock and even include DePere and Rock Island. And if you really want to get your passport stamped, join us on our dinner cruise to Rock Island with a concert in the Viking Hall,” she remarked.
“One of my favorite pieces that conjures up musical images of faraway places is ‘Souvenir of Florence’ by Tchaikovsky,” Berkenstock said. “Here you have a Russian composer putting down his musical reflections on a wonderful vacation to sunny Italy. It is so spirited and evocative.” This concert will be performed in the Dresselhuys residence in Fish Creek, the Janning residence in Sturgeon Bay, Silver Poplar Studios in Ellison Bay, and the Woodwalk Gallery south of Egg Harbor.
Midsummer’s season also includes music by Mozart, Fauré, Saint- Saëns, Brahms, Grieg, and many more. Tickets for most concerts are $25 with special prices for home concerts, a combination concert at the Fish Creek Village Hall and dinner at Whistling Swan, and the cruise to Rock Island.
For more information, to receive a brochure or order tickets, call Midsummer’s Music at 920-854-7088 or visit www.MidsummersMusic.com. Many concerts sell out so early reservations are encouraged.