Presenting concerts hailed as “exciting, pulse-pounding and riveting,” Midsummer’s Music of Door County, Wisconsin, announces its 2019 concert season with Mendelssohn, Mozart, and More! Midsummer’s Music provides unique and diverse cultural, historical, and scenic musical experiences. The season, running June 14 through September 2, features 41 concerts performed by world-class musicians. The inspiring concerts, many of which sell out, attract a growing dedicated following every year, plus thousands more via Wisconsin Public Radio broadcasts, and on Live from Chicago’s WFMT Radio.
Midsummer’s Music offers chamber music for strings, piano, and winds performed in distinctive settings throughout Door County, including art galleries, museums, historic places, and private homes. Programs feature works by Mozart, Schubert, and Dvořák, gems from lesser-known composers, and world premiers by Midsummer’s own award-winning Composer-in-Residence Jacob Beranek. This season will celebrate the world premiere of Quintet for Winds on July 11. A complete 2019 summer brochure can be downloaded at www.midsummersmusic.com.
The season opens June 14 with a program of works by Mendelssohn, Farrenc, and Turina, and concludes with the annual Labor Day benefit, followed by the final program on September 2 featuring works by Martinů, Lachner, and the glorious Mendelssohn Octet. Other season highlights include Salon Concerts in four of Door County’s most elegant residences, as well as two dinner concerts, where a limited number of guests can join musicians for post-concert meals at some of the area’s finest restaurants. New for 2019, concertgoers can experience wine-and-food pairings following three matinée concerts in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin. Midsummer’s Music continues its partnerships with local arts organizations and will again host Write On, Door County and Woodwalk Gallery featuring collaborations with noted area poets and visual artists who create original pieces based on inspirations from music being performed.
Midsummer’s Music draws on the extraordinary talent of musicians from the Chicago Symphony, Chicago’s Lyric Opera, Milwaukee Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, China National Symphony and the Ravinia Festival, among others. The Griffon String Quartet, Midsummer’s newly formed ensemble in residence, created in partnership with St. Norbert College and the Fine Arts Institute in Green Bay, is a groundbreaking project to enrich the lives of children and adults throughout Northeast Wisconsin providing concerts, workshops, and music education outreach throughout the year. Their May 25 pre-season concert at Egg Harbor’s Kress Pavilions’ Great Hall, with wrap-around porches that offer sweeping views of the bay and surrounding orchards will feature works by Haydn, Brahms, and Philip Glass.
Tickets go on sale April 15 and are $29 for adults and $10 for students. Children 12 and under are free. Premium prices apply toward salon/home concerts, dinner concerts and other special events. Flex-packs of six or eight tickets are also available. Tickets can be ordered at www.midsummersmusic.com or by phone at 920-854-7088.
Midsummer’s Music 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. What began as two concerts among friends has become one of the Midwest’s most accomplished chamber music series. Twenty-nine years later, Midsummer’s Music brings thousands of chamber music enthusiasts from around the globe to the magical Door County Peninsula.