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By Russ Warren / Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 09:19 am
Midsummer's Music Festival Returns with French Inflections

SISTER BAY, WI (August 11, 2016) – Midsummer’s Music Festival resumes concerts August 23 with the French Inflections program featuring three piano trios written by French composers.

Charles-Édouard Lefebvre’s Ballade unites flute, cello and piano in a fairly short piece that exemplifies the Romantic movement. Maurice Ravel, who is best known for Boléro, wrote his Basque-inspired Piano Trio in A Minor in five weeks – rather than the typical five months – so that he could enlist in the Army for World War I. Édouard Lalo’s piece, Piano Trio No. 3, Op. 26, is among the first works considered as uniquely French-sounding instrumental music. Performances begin August 23 with a sold-out home concert in Sturgeon Bay, followed by 7:00pm August 24 at Björklunden, 3:00pm August 25 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and 7:00pm August 31 at Birch Creek.

As part of an ongoing and very popular music/poetry collaboration with Write On, Door County, poet Jitendra Suman will read a poem he has written in response to the music being performed at the August 24 concert at Bjorklunden. Attendees can take a copy of Suman’s poem home with their program book.

The August 25 concert has an exciting optional dinner component, where attendees can join Midsummer’s musicians for a delicious meal at Chop following the concert. Advanced dinner/concert tickets are required. Dinner seating is limited.

Midsummer’s pays tribute to the memory of John Wilson, Sr., at the August 31 concert. John was instrumental in introducing the music of Édouard Lalo to Midsummer’s repertoire, so it is appropriate that this concert features a Lalo piece.

Tickets for these performances are $29 for adults and $10 for students. Youth 12 and under are free. The August 25 optional dinner/concert package is $75.

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 artists/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 such masters as Mozart, Schubert, and Dvořák to some lesser-known but very accomplished composers, each concert is an exciting musical experience.

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

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