In a completely re-imagined summer season, Midsummer’s Music streamed 30 concerts in six programs from August 5 to September 13. Nine socially distanced musicians — violinists David Perry and Ann Palen, violists Sally Chisholm and Allyson Fleck, cellists Paula Kosower, Greg Sauer, and Ryan Louie, pianist Jeannie Yu, and clarinetist Daniel Won — presented 24 pieces, many by composers of color and women composers.
Four nationally recognized classical radio personalities, plus Midsummer’s own Composer-in-Residence Jacob Beranek, served as hosts for the six programs: Norman Gilliland and Lori Skelton of Wisconsin Public Radio, Lisa Flynn of WFMT-Chicago, and John Clare of SiriusXM and 107.3-St. Louis.
The streaming concerts were presented on the Midsummer’s Music Facebook page, YouTube channel, and website, along with Sunday concerts on The Violin Channel’s Facebook page, allowing options for viewers to tune in.
Total video views as of September 18:
Restless Passion (August 5-9): 16,750+
Soaring Spirits (August 12-16): 12,600+
New Voices (August 19-23): 12,600+
Trois Compositrices (August 26-30): 7,700+
Musical Mountains and Fjords (September 2-6): 15,800+
Friends of Old (September 9-13): 17,900+
Comments received on Facebook show that people who viewed the concerts are spread across the globe!
Performances were at the Donald & Carol Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor and the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay.
Programs previously streamed are available to view for a limited time on the Watch & Listen page of the Midsummer’s Music website. If you have missed a recent program or want to enjoy it again, you can!