SISTER BAY, WI (July 19, 2016) – Midsummer’s Music Festival wraps up the first part of its season with two concerts featuring music from Thomas Dunhill and Robert Schumann.
Midsummer’s Romantic Connection program focuses on quintets from the two composers. Dunhill composed the Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 3, in 1898 as the result of a competition for a cash prize, and it was dedicated to Charles Villiers Stanford from our extremely popular 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 concerts are at 7:00pm July 20 at Bjorklunden, and 3:00pm July 23 at Prince of Peace Church. Receptions follow both concerts, where audience members can meet and mingle with the musicians.
Write On, Door County poet Margaret Hasse will present a poem she’s written in response to the Dunhill piece at the July 20 concert at Bjorklunden, as part of a music/poetry collaboration between the two organizations.
Tickets for these performances are $29 for adults and $10 for students. Youth 12 and under are free.
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.