Sister Bay, Wis. (April 25, 2020) – Midsummer’s Music, Wisconsin’s oldest summer chamber music series, recently announced the 2020 summer concert series. In consideration for the safety of its audiences and musicians, which is of paramount concert to the organization, new ticket sales for the 2020 season will be delayed. Necessary adjustments to programming and scheduling are likely, and announcements regarding those changes will be made on a rolling basis as they are determined.
Existing ticketholders have flexible options if Midsummer’s Music must cancel performances, including full or partial donations of tickets, exchange of tickets for later 2020 concerts, credit to the 2021 season, or a refund.
Executive Director Allyson Fleck stated, “In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to delay further ticket sales for Midsummer’s Music 2020 Season. Our hope is this extra time will give us the flexibility to make necessary and feasible adaptations to our programming. We sincerely hope that travel and some form of gatherings will be possible at some point this summer, and our belief is that we can, together in some manner, still celebrate Midsummer’s Music’s 30th anniversary.”
Fleck and the Midsummer’s Music board are actively monitoring developments as they occur and will continue to revisit the season plans throughout May to be more certain of options in presenting programs to audiences, in person or through online means. She continued, “We are addressing these concerns for safety and comfort with equal doses of realism and optimism. We are working diligently to bring Midsummer’s Music back stronger than ever when current health safety concerns are behind us.”
Midsummer’s Music employs more than 25 world-class musicians and staff, plus the invaluable help from dozens of volunteers, starting in June and running through early September to present upwards of 35 breathtaking chamber music concerts in beautiful venues throughout Door County. Generous donors help keep ticket prices affordable and enable Midsummer’s Music to bring acclaimed musicians from the Chicago Symphony, Chicago’s Lyric Opera, Milwaukee Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, China National Symphony, the Ravinia Festival, and the renowned Pro Arte Quartet, among others.
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 anticipated chamber music series, bringing thousands of chamber music enthusiasts from around the globe to the magical Door County Peninsula.