Midsummer's Music

Season 26: Radically Appealing! Midsummer’s Music Festival creates not just performances, but experiences … ones that are radically appealing. Sit close to the musicians and hear their excellent artistic quality. Be wowed by high-impact concerts brimming with energy, emotion, virtuosity and intensity. We’re friendly and fun … inclusive, not exclusive. 2016 Concerts: June 17 – July 23 and August 23 – September 5.

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Program: Pro Arte Quartet

May 14, 7:00 pm – The Ridges Sanctuary: 8166 WI-57, Baileys Harbor – $29

The Pro Arte Quartet is believed to be the world’s oldest continuously performing string quartet and the first quartet anywhere to enjoy a university ensemble-in-residence status.

 

Program: Three Romantic Giants

Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 16 – Ludwig van Beethoven

  • Beethoven’s only piano-and-wind Quintet is one of his earlier works and is often said to have been modeled on Mozart’s Quintet, K. 452.

Sechs Deutsche Lieder, Op. 103 – Ludwig Spohr

  • Door County mezzo-soprano Cyndy Stiehl joins Midsummer’s ensemble for Spohr’s Six German Songs.

Piano Quartet in B Minor, Op. 3 – Felix Mendelssohn

  • Mendelssohn completed this piano quartet shortly before his 16th birthday.

June 17, 7:00 pm – Opening Night Gala, Birch Creek: 3821 County Rd. E, Egg Harbor – $60

June 19, 3:00 pm – Ephraim Moravian Church: 9970 Moravia St., Ephraim – $29

June 24, 7:00 pm – Unitarian Universalist Fellowship: 10341 Water St., Ephraim – $29

June 25, 6:00 pm concert only – Prince of Peace Church: 1756 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay – $29

June 25, 6:00 pm concert & dinner at Dal Santo – Prince of Peace Church: 1756 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay – $75

 

Program: Conradin and Antonin

Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 62 – Conradin Kreutzer

  • Kreutzer studied under one of Beethoven’s teachers and was highly thought of during his day for his chamber music pieces.

String Quintet in G Major, Op. 77 – Antonín Dvoøák

  • When the 34-year-old Dvoøák composed his second String Quintet he was becoming a prominent figure in Prague musical circles.

June 26, 7:00 pm (bring your own picnic at 5:00 pm) – Woodwalk Gallery: 6746 County Rd. G, Egg Harbor – $29

June 28, 7:00 pm – Sister Bay Moravian Church: 10924 Old Stage Rd., Sister Bay – $29

June 29, 7:00 pm – Bjorklunden: 7590 Boynton Ln., Baileys Harbor – $29

June 30, 3:00 pm concert only – Old Gibraltar Town Hall: 4176 Maple St., Fish Creek – $29

June 30, 3:00 pm concert & dinner at Alexander’s – Old Gibraltar Town Hall: 4176 Maple St., Fish Creek – $75

 

Program: A Downton Abbey Concert

Fantasy No. 1 in G Minor – Charles Villiers Stanford

  • A serious, big-boned work; yet it has light, transparent textures.

Piano Quintet in C Minor – Ralph Vaughan Williams

  • Initially completed in October 1903, and revised in August 1904 and again in September 1905 – this piece has the same instrumentation as Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet and is reminiscent of Brahms.

Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 84 – Edward Elgar

  • Big chamber music that was influenced by the quiet and peaceful surroundings in Sussex, England, during the summer of 1918.

July 1, 7:00 pm – Unitarian Universalist Fellowship: 10341 Water St., Ephraim – $29 (Attendees are invited to dress in their finest Edwardian, World War I, and Roaring 20’s outfits.)

July 2, 7:00 pm – Bjorklunden: 7590 Boynton Ln., Baileys Harbor – $29

July 5, 7:00 pm – St. Luke’s Episcopal Church: 2336 Canterbury Ln., Sister Bay – $29

 

Program: Flair and Passion

Quintet in F Major, Op. 107 – Anton Reicha

  • Reicha’s musical craftsmanship is evident through this quintet.

String Quintet in D Major, D.956, Op. 163 – Franz Schubert

  • Schubert’s final chamber work is sometimes called the “Cello Quintet” and was completed just two months before his death.

July 6, 7:00 pm – Bjorklunden: 7590 Boynton Ln., Baileys Harbor – $29

July 8, 7:00 pm – Hoehn-Goldberg Residence: Sturgeon Bay - $60

July 9, 3:00 pm concert only – The Clearing Folk School: 12171 Garrett Bay Rd., Ellison Bay – $29

July 9, 3:00 pm concert & dinner at The Shoreline Restaurant – The Clearing Folk School: 12171 Garrett Bay Rd., Ellison Bay – $75

July 10, 7:00 pm (bring your own picnic at 5:00 pm) – Woodwalk Gallery: 6746 County Rd. G, Egg Harbor – $29

 

Program: From Light to Serious

“Italian Serenade” in G Minor – Hugo Wolf

  • Based on an old Italian melody with a lively, optimistic manner evocative off the Italianate spirit.

Flute Quartet in D Minor, Op. 56 – Franz Danzi

  • This quartet has been described as “light classical,” and quite enjoyable.

Quartettsatz in C Minor, D 703 – Franz Schubert

String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95 – Ludwig van Beethoven

  • One of the shortest and most compact of all of his quartets, this is referred to as “Serioso” for the tempo designation of the third movement.

July 12, 7:00 pm – Johnson-Weidenbacher Residence: Baileys Harbor – $60

July 16, 7:00 pm – Bjorklunden: 7590 Boynton Ln., Baileys Harbor – $29

July 17, 7:00 pm (bring your own picnic at 5:00 pm) – Woodwalk Gallery: 6746 County Rd. G, Egg Harbor – $29

July 19, 7:00 pm – Surbaugh Residence: Sister Bay – $60

 

Program: Romantic Connection

Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 3 – Thomas Dunhill

  • Composed in 1898 as the result of a competition for a cash prize, this quintet was dedicated to Charles Villiers Stanford from our Downton Abbey Concert program.

Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44 – Robert Schumann

  • Noted for its extroverted, exuberant character, Schumann’s quintet is considered one of his finest compositions and a major work of nineteenth-century chamber music.

July 14, 6:00 pm – East High School in Green Bay (fundraiser for the school’s fine arts programs): 1415 E Walnut St., Green Bay – $50

July 15, 7:00 pm – Unitarian Universalist Fellowship: 10341 Water St., Ephraim – $29

July 20, 7:00 pm – Bjorklunden: 7590 Boynton Ln., Baileys Harbor – $29

July 23, 3:00 pm – Prince of Peace Church: 1756 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay – $29

 

Program: French Inflections

Ballade – Charles-Édouard Lefebvre

  • Ballade unites flute, cello and piano in a fairly short piece that exemplifies the Romantic movement.

Piano Trio in A Minor – Maurice Ravel

  • Ravel, who is most known for Boléro, wrote his Basque-inspired in five weeks – rather than the typical five months – so that he could enlist in the Army for World War I.

Piano Trio No. 3, Op. 26 – Édouard Lalo

  • Lalo’s piece is among the first works considered uniquely French-sounding instrumental music.

August 23, 7:00 pm – Utzinger Residence: Sturgeon Bay – $60

August 24, 7:00 pm – Bjorklunden: 7590 Boynton Ln., Baileys Harbor – $29

August 25, 3:00 pm concert only – St. Luke’s Episcopal Church: 2336 Canterbury Ln., Sister Bay – $29

August 25, 3:00 pm concert & dinner at Mission Grille – St. Luke’s Episcopal Church: 2336 Canterbury Ln., Sister Bay – $75

August 31, 7:00 pm – Birch Creek: 3821 County Rd. E, Egg Harbor – $29

 

Program: Heartfelt Sentiments

Suite in G Minor, Op. 71 – Moritz Moszkowski

  • Considered a brilliant tour de force and a sure audience pleaser.

Trio on Chassidic Melodies – Paul Schoenfield

  • An ingenious blend of artistic ensemble, instrumental virtuosity, and deliberately fragmented references to melodies that might well have been heard at various Hassidic courts in Europe.

Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 13 – Richard Strauss

  • A work on a big scale and structurally strong, with the first movement in particular demonstrating a dramatic grasp of symphonic tension.

August 27, 7:00 pm – Bjorklunden: 7590 Boynton Ln., Baileys Harbor – $29

August 28, 7:00 pm (bring your own picnic at 5:00 pm) – Woodwalk Gallery: 6746 County Rd. G, Egg Harbor – $29

August 30, 7:00 pm – Eades Residence: Fish Creek – $60

September 3, 3:00 pm – The Clearing Folk School: 12171 Garrett Bay Rd., Ellison Bay – $29

 

Program: The Kahn-Brahms Connection

Serenade in F Minor, Op. 73 – Robert Kahn

  • The Serenade was published in 1923 by Robert Kahn and is heavily influenced by Brahms.

Piano Quintet, Op. 38 – Arthur Foote

  • A composer from Massachusetts, Foote is considered the first important American composer trained entirely in America.

Piano Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 26 – Johannes Brahms

  • A testament to the composer’s love of Schubert’s music and Vienna.

September 2, 7:00 pm – Prince of Peace Church: 1756 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay – $29

September 4, 3:00 pm – Unitarian Universalist Fellowship: 10341 Water St., Ephraim – $29

September 5, 3:00 pm – Bjorklunden: 7590 Boynton Ln., Baileys Harbor (a special joint benefit with the Door County Land Trust) – $95

 

Program: Pro Arte Quartet

September 17, 7:00 pm – Unitarian Universalist Fellowship: 10341 Water St., Ephraim – $29

The Pro Arte Quartet is believed to be the world’s oldest continuously performing string quartet and the first quartet anywhere to enjoy a university ensemble-in-residence status.



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