Celebrating 21 years of Classical Music Concerts in Door County!

Midsummer's Music Instrument Blend

Midsummer’s Music Festival is Door County, Wisconsin’s premiere chamber music ensemble, featuring world-class musicians from the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Pro Arte Quartet, and Aspen Music Festival. And that’s just for starters! Midsummer’s Music performs in intimate and casual settings throughout Door County, such as art galleries, retreats, churches, homes, and local performing arts centers….[Read more]

Door County’s Premiere Chamber Music Festival

Pianist Bill Koehler and Cellist Walter Preucil

Midsummer’s Music – Planning our 2011 Summer Festival! We are very excited about the 2011 programming which will be announced soon. In the meantime, mark your calendar for the following dates: Friday, June 10 at Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor Thursday, June 16 at Bjorklunden in Baileys Harbor Sunday, June 19 at…[Read more]

Pro Arte Quartet Celebrates 100th Anniversary in Door County!

Violinist David Perry, cellist Parry Karp, violinist Suzanne Beia (seated), violist Sally Chisholm

Midsummer’s Music is proud to present the Pro Arte Quartet on Wednesday, May 11 at Ephraim Moravian Church in Door County, WI, 7:30 PM. The legendary Pro Arte Quartet is the oldest continually active string quartet in the world. They are celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2011/2012. The program features the music of Barber, Schubert,…[Read more]

Midsummer’s Music Festival Prepares for Opening Night in Door County!

On Friday evening, June 10, we will be opening our twenty-first Midsummer’s Music season with a gala champagne toast and some wonderful music at Birch Creek. That’s what the calendar and my schedule says. That’s also what the pile of music on my music stand in my practice room says. But as I write this,…[Read more]

Historic Ephraim Moravian Church Hosts Midsummer’s Music Classical Concert in Door County!

Ephraim Moravian Church. Photo by Paul Burton

Midsummer’s Music Festival returns to Door County’s historic Ephraim Moravian Church tonight, Sunday, June 12, as the second concert in their 2011 summer festival.   “We love performing in Ephraim Moravian Church,” says Artistic Director, Jim Berkenstock. “Not only is it rich in history, but it has wonderful acoustics. Our musicians really enjoy playing here.”…[Read more]

Midsummer’s Music Classical Music Concert at Björklunden, Baileys Harbor, Door County!

Midsummer's Music Cello

Midsummer’s Music presents the final concert tonight, June 14, in the ‘Youthful Exuberance’ program at Björklunden in Baileys Harbor.   “This is one of our favorite places to perform,” explains Executive Director, Kathleen Pearson. “It’s a beautiful spot and the ambiance reflects the history and tradition of this retreat. It has clearly become one of…[Read more]

Rustic Door County Barns Featured During Midsummer’s Music Chamber Music Festival!

Lachner Nonet at Corner of the Past

  Midsummer’s Music wraps up their second program – Haunting Recollections – tonight at the Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor.   As I write this, Jim Berkenstock is addressing the audience. This beautiful gallery, in a converted barn, offers excellent acoustics. Tonight we have the gentle sound of falling rain accompanying our musicians. This is…[Read more]

Midsummer’s Music Festival’s Door County Memories – Reflections by Zachary Preucil

This may be the first year that I will be performing with the Midsummer’s Music Festival, but it is also my twenty-first June spent in the beautiful Door Peninsula.   I was only a seven-and-a-half-month-old baby during the premier season of MMF in 1991, and although I obviously do not remember a thing, it marked…[Read more]

A Good Time Was Had By All – Midsummer’s Music Adventure on Rock Island!

Anthony Preucil lower left

A few clouds and reports of storms couldn’t keep Midsummer’s Music away from the event of the year as we cruised to Door County’s historic Rock Island.   The event, which sold out several weeks ago, was a huge success. With 120 people on board, including our outstanding ensemble, we departed from Gills Rock at…[Read more]

Door County’s Rock Island – A Concert Destination for Midsummer’s Music!

Arriving at Rock Island

“A Musical Journey!” That’s what Midsummer’s Music Festival’s brochure proclaims, and the cover of our program book, too. And July 5th, it was a hellava trip! For the second time in as many years, we set sail from Door County’s Gills Rock aboard The Island Clipper – destination, Rock Island.   Fifteen musicians and just…[Read more]

Midsummer’s Music Festival – Door County’s Premiere Classical Ensemble!

Midsummer’s Music Festival is Door County, Wisconsin’s premiere classical music ensemble. Our world-class musicians are from organizations such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Pro Arte Quartet, and the Marlboro Music Festival, and perform with faculty from notable Midwestern universities. Lyric principles Jim and Jean Berkenstock (bassoonist and flutist) are the founders of Midsummer’s Music….[Read more]

Pro Arte Quartet opens Midsummer’s Concert Season, May 5, 2014

Midsummer’s Music Festival presents the Pro Arte Quartet

The legendary Pro Arte Quartet, in continuous existence since 1911-1912, will present an evening of classical chamber music at the Ephraim Moravian Church on Monday, May 5 at 7:30 pm. Featuring David Perry, violin; Suzanne Beia, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; and Parry Karp, violoncello. Pro Arte never fails to delight audiences with classic string works like those of Mozart, an…[Read more]

Join Us “In an English Country Garden” at Birch Creek on June 7


We are now counting down the days until the annual Midsummer’s Music Gala… the first performance of a collection of chamber music entitled, In an English Country Garden, an opening night concert and festivities held at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor on Friday, June 7 at 7 pm. We’ll dazzle your taste buds with gourmet chocolates,…[Read more]

Midsummer’s Music and United Way Partner in Labor Day Benefit Concert at Ellison Bay Estate, Sept 2

Patrons enjoy the concert in the Grand Parlor at the Ellison Bay Mansion

More than 200 people were in attendance at the first public event ever held at the Ellison Bay Estate on July 17, 2013. They enjoyed a complete, guided tour of the largest home in the state of Wisconsin followed by a fantastic chamber music concert performed by members of Door County’s Midsummer’s Music Festival and…[Read more]

2014 Festival Announcement


The 24th Festival is June 13 opening night through July 15 and Labor Day weekend, August 26 through September 1.  There will be numerous new venues and opportunities to buy Season Subscriptions with reserved seating. Please refer to the Flyer at the Right of the page. You may download a copy for your personal use.

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…[Read more]

Woodwalk Gallery to Feature Pro Arte Quartet on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Woodwalk Quintet

The world’s only string quartet in continuous existence for more than a hundred years will perform a repertoire of classical chamber music: After being founded in Brussels by Alphonse Onnou in 1912, the Pro Arte became Court Quartet to Queen Elizabeth of Belgium. They first visited America in 1926, playing a concert in New York…[Read more]