The Peninsula Music Festival will present three concerts in three weeks during the month of February. The annual February Fest will feature members of the Festival’s orchestra and a favorite guest artist, in the intimate setting of Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church, Ellison Bay. The 2:00 p.m. concerts will take place on Saturday, February 11, 18 and 25. All three concerts can be purchased for just $60 or purchased individually at $25 each. Students and children are just $5. Concert sponsors for February Fest are Roger Bergen & Sharon Grutzmacher, Door County Medical Center and Gen Follingstad. Gretchen Maring and the PMF Sustaining Committee provide additional financial support.
Pianist Andrew Armstrong will present a recital to open the 2017 February Fest on the 11th. Mr. Armstrong is one of the Festival’s most popular guest artists and has returned many times for off-season chamber concerts and to present benefit concerts on the Festival’s behalf. When selecting the music for this recital, Mr. Armstrong chose the music that he would most like to hear if he were sitting in the audience. The afternoon will include the music of Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Prokofiev, Brahms and Liszt.
The second concert of the 2017 February Fest on Saturday, February 18, will feature PMF cellist Anna Burden. Margot Schwartz, a first violinist in the PMF orchestra, will join Ms. Burden. Margot will play violin and viola in this concert of duets. This is the first time that either musician has appeared at February Fest. Beethoven, Kodaly and Ravel will be heard.
The 2017 February Fest will come to a close on Saturday, February 25 with an appearance by the low brass of the PMF orchestra. Tenor/alto trombones, Paul Bellino and Brad Ward will be joined by Terry Leahy on bass trombone and Charlie Schuchat on tuba. A fun and eclectic program is planned. Along with Bach, Schumann and Tchaikovsky, you will hear the music of John Philip Sousa, Paul Desmond and the Bee Gees. While in town for the concert, the low brass will make a visit to Sevastopol School to present a master class.
Brief receptions will follow each concert and 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 65th season will take place August 1 – 19, 2017 at the Door Community Auditorium.