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By Sharon Grutzmacher / Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 10:45 am
PMF February Fest Continues February 20

EPHRAIM, WI (February 12, 2016) – The 2016 February Fest will continue on Saturday, February 20 when PMF principal oboe Eric Olson and violist Ellen Olson arrive from Florida to experience winter in Door County. They will be joined by PMF pianist Judith Jackson. The 2:00pm concert will take place at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay. General admission seating is just $25. Students and children are just $5. The concert will feature the music of Shatin, Beethoven, Clarke and Loeillet. 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.

Eric Olson is principal oboist with the Jacksonville Symphony, a position he has held since 1986. Originally from Pennington, New Jersey, he earned his bachelor’s degree at Northwestern University, where he studied with Ray Still. He also studied with Louis Rosenblatt in Philadelphia.

Eric served as guest principal oboist with the Baltimore Symphony for five weeks in 2002, including a two week tour of Japan. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the orchestra of the Colorado Music Festival, and several times with the Jacksonville Symphony, including the world premiere of Bruce Adolphe’s Voices of Moonlight for Oboe and Orchestra. He has participated in the Aspen, Tanglewood, and Marlboro Music Festivals, including a tour with Musicians from Marlboro performing the Mozart Oboe Quartet. Eric served as principal oboist and faculty member at the Eastern Music Festival from 2000-2005, and currently is the principal oboist of Peninsula Music Festival in Door County, Wisconsin, a position he has held since 2007.

Violist Ellen Olson is a native of Long Island, New York. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Hofstra University, studying viola with Olga Bloom. Her other teachers include Barry Lehr, Rebecca Young, and Patricia McCarty. She has participated in the Colorado, Eastern, and Peninsula Music Festivals. She plays in the St. Augustine Music Festival each June and is on the faculty of the Prelude Chamber Music Camp. Before coming to the Jacksonville Symphony in 1985, she was a member of the Puerto Rico Symphony. She performs regularly as a chamber musician in the Jacksonville area.

Judith Jackson is a professional pianist, accompanist and vocal coach. She was Principal Pianist of Chicago Opera Theater for more than a decade before moving permanently to Door County. During that same period she held the position of National Auditions Pianist with the San Francisco Opera and the MacAllister International Opera Auditions. She was one of three judges for both the Regional and District Final Auditions of The Metropolitan Opera in Denver. Judith has held positions with the Denver Symphony Orchestra, Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra, and the Peninsula Music Festival.


Judith has appeared as piano soloist with orchestras in Chicago, Rochester and Denver, has accompanied numerous instrumental and vocal solo recitals and participated in a wide range of operatic projects across the country.

In Door County, Judith enjoys a dual role with Peninsula Music Festival, as pianist in both the August series and February Fest and Choral Director for PMF vocal concerts, which include the Beethoven Choral Fantasy, Debussy Sirenes, Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Ballet, Verdi Requiem, Beethoven's 9th Symphony and Mozart's Requiem, as well as Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

February Fest was begun as a way to bridge the gap between the August Symphony seasons of the Peninsula Music Festival. Musicians from the Festival Orchestra enjoy returning to Door County during the ‘off season’ to present intimate chamber concerts and experience a time of year that most of them have never seen.

A brief reception will follow the concert. 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.

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