Midsummer’s Music presents a Baroque Brilliance series of concerts from Wednesday, July 24 through Sunday, July 28. The program includes Handel’s Concerto Grosso in B-flat Major, Op. 3, No. 2 (1734) for two oboes, bassoon, strings, and harpsichord; Albinoni’s Concerto Grosso in C Major, Op. 9, No. 9 (1722) for two oboes, strings and continuo; Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052 (1734); and Trio Sonata for two oboes, bassoon & continuo No. 5 in F Major (1722) by Jan Dismas Zelenka, who, having been ranked with Bach and Handel, is quite possibly the most famous composer you have never heard of. Featured Midsummer’s Music musicians include Margaret Butler, oboe, Lindsay Flowers Koh, oboe, Nathan Hale, bassoon, David Perry, violin, Ann Palen, violin, Stephanie Preucil, violin/viola, Allyson Fleck, viola, Walter Preucil, cello, Drew Banzhaf, bass/continuo, and Mark Shuldiner, harpsichord.
Following is the Baroque Brilliance concert schedule:
- Wednesday, July 24, 7:00pm, Woodwalk Gallery, with an optional 5:00pm pre-concert picnic
- Friday, July 26, 7:00pm, Sister Bay Moravian Church
- Saturday, July 27, 5:00pm, Old Gibraltar Town Hall, with an optional post-concert dinner at Alexander’s
- Sunday, July 28, 3:00pm, Kress Pavilion
Midsummer’s Music continues the Czech and Triple Czech program through Thursday, July 25, celebrating the works of three Czech composers. Works include Novák’s Trio in D Minor, Op. 27, “Quasi una balata” and Dvořák’s Trio in F Minor, Op. 65, both for violin, cello and piano, and František Škroup’s Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 27, for clarinet, cello and piano, performed by Midsummer’s Music artists J.J. Koh, clarinet, David Perry, violin, Walter Preucil, cello, and Alyona A. Waldo, piano.
Following is the remaining Czech and Triple Czech concert schedule:
- Thursday, July 18, 7:00pm, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
- Friday, July 19, 7:00pm, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
- Saturday, July 20, 7:00pm, Hope United Church of Christ
- Sunday, July 21, 3:00pm, Kress Pavilion
- Thursday, July 25, 7:00pm, Salon Concert in a Sister Bay private residence
Tickets are $29 for adults, $10 for students, and children 12 and under are free. Premium prices apply for salon/home concerts, dinner concerts and other special events. Subscriptions consisting of four concert tickets and flex-packs of six or eight tickets are available. Tickets, subscriptions and flex-packs can be ordered online at midsummersmusic.com or by phone at 920-854-7088 for this series or the rest of the season which continues through September 2.
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.
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.