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By Russ Warren / Tuesday, July 5, 2016 10:50 am
Midsummer’s Music Festival Gets Seriously Passionate

SISTER BAY, WI (July 5, 2016) – Midsummer’s Music Festival presents the next three programs in its 2016 season: Flair and Passion; From Light to Serious; and Romantic Connections. In accordance with a Midsummer’s mission of educating audiences about the wide range of chamber music, the concerts feature works by such familiar composers as Beethoven and Shubert, as well as some lesser known composers.

The two composers featured in the Flair and Passion program are Anton Reicha (the “flair”) and Franz Schubert (the “passion”). Reicha’s musical craftsmanship is evident through his Quintet in F Major, Op. 107. As a composer, he was extremely prolific, especially in the area of chamber music. His 24 woodwind quintets for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn helped solidify that genre, and his numerous works for one solo wind with strings – such as the Clarinet Quintet – added immensely to the virtuoso repertoire for many wind musicians. Schubert’s final chamber work, the String Quintet in C Major, D.956, Op. 163, is sometimes called the “Cello Quintet” and was completed just two months before his death. The program premieres at 7:00pm July 6 at Bjorklunden and repeats at 7:00pm July 8 at a home concert in Sturgeon Bay, 3:00pm July 9 at The Clearing Folk School, and 7:00pm July 10 at Woodwalk Gallery.

Composers Hugo Wolf, Franz Danzi, Franz Schubert and Beethoven are featured in the From Light to Serious program. Wolf’s “Italian Serenade” in G Minor is said to be based on an old Italian melody with a lively, optimistic manner evocative off the Italianate spirit. The Flute Quartet in D Minor, Op. 56, No. 2, by Danzi, has been described as “light classical,” and quite enjoyable. The Quartettsatz in C Minor, D 703, by Franz Schubert is interestingly the first movement of a string quartet that he never completed. Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95, is one of the shortest and most compact of all of his quartets and is referred to as “Serioso” for the tempo designation of the third movement. The program begins at 7:00pm July 12 as a home concert in Baileys Harbor, followed by 7:00pm July 16 at Bjorklunden, 7:00pm July 17 at Woodwalk Gallery, and 7:00pm July 19 at a home concert in Sister Bay.

Midsummer’s Romantic Connection program focuses on quintets from two composers: Thomas Dunhill and Robert Schumann. Dunhill’s Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 3, was composed in 1898 as the result of a competition for a cash prize, and it was dedicated to Charles Villiers Stanford from our Downton Abbey Concert program that ran in early July. Noted for its extroverted, exuberant character, Schumann's Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 44, is considered one of his finest compositions and a major work of nineteenth-century chamber music. The first Romantic Connections concert is 6:00 pm July 14 at East High School in Green Bay and serves as a fundraiser for the school’s fine arts programs. Concerts continue at 7:00pm July 15 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 7:00pm July 20 at Bjorklunden, and 3:00pm July 23 at Prince of Peace Church.

Tickets for all most performances are $29 for adults and $10 for students. Youth 12 and under are free. Home concerts are $60 for adults and $20 for students. Advanced reservations are required for home concerts. Most concerts are followed by a reception with complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres, where the audience can mingle with the musicians.

Woodwalk Gallery concerts are preceded by a time to bring your own picnic starting at 5:00 pm. Enjoy the gallery and the newly landscaped gardens. Picnics can be ordered from Main Street Market in Egg Harbor.

The entire concert season includes nine unique programs in 33 concerts spanning a seven-week period. As is Midsummer’s tradition, programming aims to incorporate a mix of well-known composers alongside others who are less familiar but justifiably worth knowing for an unforgettable, thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Midsummer’s Music Festival was co-founded in 1990 by Jim and Jean Berkenstock, long-time Door County summer residents and principal orchestral players with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The Festival has drawn on the extraordinary talent of professional musicians and artist/faculty of universities throughout the Midwest.

Offering chamber music for winds, strings, and piano performed in intimate and unique settings throughout Door County, venues include art galleries, churches, and private homes. From the masters such as Mozart, Schubert, and Dvořák to some lesser-known but very accomplished composers, each concert is an unforgettable musical experience.

The 2016 season runs June 17 – July 23 and August 23 – September 5.

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