WASHINGTON ISLAND, WI (February 26, 2016) — This August 1-12, 2016, the Washington Island Music Festival will celebrate 25 years of beautiful music-making.
In 1991, Stephen Colburn and Marlee Sabo decided to explore the possibility of presenting a series of classical music concerts on the Island. Together they approached the current president of the Island's Art and Nature Center, Nancy Berquist, about coordinating a classical music event together. The resulting summer 1991 concert was well-received and the first actual Music Festival occurred in August 1992.
Over the past 25 years, the Music Festival has held concerts in venues across the Island, including the Art and Nature Center, Karly's Hall, Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Michael's Chapel, the Davis Barn, and the state-of-the-art Trueblood Performing Arts Center (TPAC).
The Music Festival now hosts two weeks of events each August, including four chamber music concerts, a children's concert, an open rehearsal and lecture-discussion at TPAC, as well as three music appreciation presentations at the Red Barn, and the children's music camp at Bethel Church.
The Music Festival also makes music possible at the Island School, as there would be no general or instrumental music instruction offered without Festival support.
Musicians involved in making the festival possible come from all over the country, including Wisconsin. Many of the musicians perform with major symphony orchestras and serve on the faculties of university and college music departments and conservatories. Other participants perform folk and rock music and entertain hundreds of attendees at Under the Big Top, an outdoor concert highlighting local talent held during the Island Fair. Festival musicians are in residence for the entire festival, participating and contributing to the cultural, social, and economic life of the Island.
Come join the Washington Island Music Festival for its 25th Anniversary from August 1 – 12 and then stay a few extra days for the Under the Big Top concert on August 18.
Anyone who has ever been on the Island knows how hard it is to leave and how easy it is to come back! For more information, visit: www.washingtonislandmusicfestival.com.