EPHRAIM, WI (January 22, 2016) – The Peninsula Music Festival will present three concerts in three weeks during the month of February. The annual February Fest will once again feature members of the Festival’s orchestra in the intimate setting of Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church. The 2:00pm concerts will take place on Saturday, February 13, 20 and 27. All three concerts can be purchased for just $60 or purchased individually at $25 each. Students and children are just $5. Concert sponsors for February Fest include an anonymous donor, Ministry Door County Medical Center, Roger Bergen and Sharon Grutzmacher, Igor Yuzefovich and the PMF Sustaining Committee.
PMF concertmaster Igor Yuzefovich and Principal Viola Joan DerHovsepian team up for the opening concert on Saturday, February 13. The concert will feature the music of Mozart, Villa-Lobos and Handel. Mr. Yuzefovich will be making his second appearance on the February Fest series, flying in from his duties as concertmaster of the Singapore Symphony. Joan DerHovsepian will be making her first appearance at February Fest, but has presented off-season chamber concerts in Door County prior to the inception of the February festival. Ms. DerHovsepian is the associate principal concertmaster of the Houston Symphony. In addition to an afternoon of wonderful music, concertgoers will be able to bid on Golf with the Concertmaster and Lunch with the Concertmaster. Three golfers can join Igor for an agreed upon afternoon of golf and carts at The Orchards in Egg Harbor. Igor is an avid golfer and is looking forward to a competitive afternoon! Also up for bidding will be the opportunity for three individuals to join Igor for lunch at a local restaurant. Lunch will provide a rare opportunity to get to know the Festival’s wonderful concertmaster without the usual busyness that is associated with the Festival.
The second concert of the 2016 February Fest on Saturday, February 20, will feature Principal Oboe Eric Olson and his wife, violist Ellen Olson. Arriving from Jacksonville, Florida, the duo, along with PMF pianist Judith Jackson will present a program featuring the music of Shatin,
Beethoven, Clarke, Loeillet, Loeffler, Shulman and Saint-Saens. Mr. Olson is the Principal Oboe of the Jacksonville Symphony and Mrs. Olson is a popular chamber musician. The Olsons formed the San Marco Chamber Music Society in 2008, which presents free concerts in the Jacksonville area.
The 2016 February Fest will come to a close on Saturday, February 27 with music inspired by the book The Light Keeper’s Legacy by Kathleen Ernst. This concert is a joint effort with Write On! Door County. The concert will include the music of Nielsen, Grieg, Berwald, Sibelius and Gade and will feature violinists Janet Sutter and Karen Nelson, both of the PMF orchestra as well as PMF pianist Judith Jackson. Local cellist Lori Meyer will be featured on the final piece of the afternoon. Ms. Ernst will be in Door County and will attend the concert where she will read excerpts from The Light Keeper’s Legacy at the start of the concert and at the short break prior to the second half. She will be available to sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase at the concert. Concertgoers are encouraged to read the book prior to the concert and those who enjoy writing may want to bring a journal in case of inspiration while listening to the concert. A workshop will be presented by Write On! Door County on either Monday the 29th or Tuesday the 1st entitled Writing Your Family Stories, Your Way. Details on the workshop and cost will be available soon.
Brief receptions will follow each concert and full program details can be found on the Peninsula Music Festival website: www.musicfestival.com. Reservations can be made by calling the Festival office at 920.854.4060 or securely through the website. The Peninsula Music Festival is a fully professional symphony orchestra that presents nine concerts in three weeks each August. The 64th season will take place August 2 – 20, 2016 at the Door Community Auditorium.