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 4:00 PM. Yes, there were clouds but they soon cleared as we made our way on the Island Clipper. In fact, the weather was nice enough that many people took advantage of sitting on the top deck. Captain Charlie Voight narrated as we cruised through Death’s Door. Drinks were served along with a choice of four wonderful entrees from Alexander’s of Fish Creek.
The audience was at full attention as we approached the historic boat house. This marvelous structure is constructed out of field stone and it was quite exciting for those who had never been to Rock Island. That’s an understatement – it was quite exciting for everyone!
Last night’s performance really stood out in the wonderful acoustics of Viking Hall. From the first note of Jean Berkenstock’s solo flute in Kennan’s “Night Soliloquoy” to the last note of David Perry’s violin solo in Svendsen’s “Romance,” it sounded like we had a full orchestra. Grieg’s “Holberg Suite” featured 11 strings which is the largest ensemble Midsummer’s has ever had. Imagine 11 strings sounding like an entire string orchestra – fantastic!
We were all surprised by the beautiful sunset which had many folks snapping picture after picture. The weather remained mild and we were greeted in Gills Rock by a few sprinkles. The timing was perfect and a few people stayed on the open, top deck until we docked.
All in all, it was a great evening. Our return to Rock Island was a success and according to the comments last night, a good time was had by all!
Our next program, Romantic Legacy, begins Thursday evening, July 7, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in north Ephraim at 7:30 PM. This program features Doppler’s Nocture, Opus 19 for flute, horn, violin, and piano; Rabl’s Quartet in E-flat Major, Opus 1 for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano; and Brahms’ Quartet in G Minor. Opus 25 for violin, viola, cello, and piano. We’ll be presenting this program throughout the weekend. Visit www.midsummerSmusic.com for more details.