Arts & Entertainment Archives for 2017-06

Birch Creek Features Pie And Symphony On July 4th


By Mark Kanz




Birch Creek Music Performance Center will be celebrating Independence Day the only way it knows how...with music.  Symphony students at the residential summer music academy in Egg Harbor will roll out the patriotic classics for a 4 p.m. afternoon show on the Fourth of July.  Executive Director Mona Christensen says the pre-concert free pie and ice cream social will also be a big draw.

 



 

Christensen says the percussion and steel band students wrap up their stay Saturday with a free family concert in the afternoon and the regular evening performance in the century old performance barn.

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Midsummer's Music Features Women Composers At "Indomitable Spirits" Concerts Starting Friday


By Paul Schmitt




Midsummer Music Festival will feature four concerts beginning Friday that will give a musical history of three women who faced challenges and triumphs in a music world dominated by men.  "Indomitable Spirits will have local actors portraying Melanie "Mel" Bonis, Louise Farrenc, and Amy Cheney Beach, composers from the nineteenth century and the early 20th century.  Executive Director of Midsummer Music Russ Warren says the concerts will be both entertaining and educational.

 



 

Warren says local actors from the community will portray the three composers.  You can find details of the "Indomitable Spirits" concerts and ticket information below.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Midsummer's Music Presents Indomitable Spirits

 

Sister Bay, Wis. – June 23, 2017 – Door County's Midsummer's Music continues its 2017 festival season with the Indomitable Spirits program, featuring music by three female composers who lived between 1804 and 1944: Mélanie "Mel" Bonis, Louise Farrenc, and Amy Cheney Beach.

 

Bonis led a double and, most of the time, a troubled life. Much of this was brought on by her parents and by the societal limitations women of that era experienced. She chose to use Mel as her name to hide her gender as a composer. She was a prolific French classical composer, and she wrote more than 300 compositions, including works for piano solo and four hands, organ pieces, chamber music, mélodies, choral music, a mass, and works for orchestra. Midsummer's ensemble will perform her Suite in E Minor, Op. 59.

 

Farrenc took up piano at an early age and by 15 was studying composition with Anton Reicha and later with Johan Nepomuk Hummel, two of the most prominent musical names in early nineteenth century Paris. The combination of instruments – flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, and piano – in Farrenc's Sextet in C Minor, Op. 40, had never been done when she composed the piece in 1851-2.

 

Beach is one of America's greatest composers. A child prodigy, she began composing music at age four and performing publicly at age seven. She made her piano debut with the Boston Symphony at age 17 playing the Chopin F Minor Concerto. In composition, she was almost completely self-taught, but she had access to all the conventional treatises. She studied the works of many composers, often memorizing them and then writing them down from memory. Beach wrote Quintet in C Minor, Op. 52.

 

All four concerts of the Indomitable Spirits program will be done in conjunction with the Women's Fund of Door County, and actors from the community will portray the three composers. Mel Bonis will be portrayed by Sara Oswald, Laura Vlies, and Moriah Grahl, while Lizz Thomas and Donna Johnson take turns as Louise Farrenc, and Claire Morkin will play Amy Cheney Beach. Audiences will learn about the challenges and triumphs that these women faced in a music world dominated by men.

 

The Indomitable Spirits concerts will be at 7:00 pm June 30 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 7:30 pm July 1 at Björklunden, 7:00 pm July 7 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, and 2:00 pm July 8 at The Clearing Folk School. Tickets are $29 for adults, $10 for students, and children 12 and under are free, and they can be ordered online at midsummersmusic.comor 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. The Festival has drawn on the extraordinary talent of professional musicians and artist/faculty of universities throughout the Midwest. Offering chamber music for winds, strings, and piano performed in intimate and unique settings throughout Door County, venues include art galleries, churches, and private homes. From such masters as Mozart, Schubert, and Dvo?ák to some lesser-known but very accomplished composers, each concert is an unforgettable musical experience.

 

The 2017 season runs June 16 – July 23 and August 25 – September 4

 

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Door Shakespeare's Season Opens Saturday


By Tim Kowols




Door Shakespeare looks to capture the imagination of theatergoers this summer when its season opens this week. This year's troupe will be tasked with performing William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and David Farr's The Heart of Robin Hood on alternating evenings. Artistic Director Amy Ludwigsen says Door Shakespeare is blessed to have actors from across the country perform in both plays in a unique environment.

 



 

Ludwigsen says the actors connect with the community through its Doorways Creating Theatre for Children and other programs. Door Shakespeare's opening night at the Garden at Bjorklunden in Baileys Harbor is July 1 with performances running through August 19. You can listen to a full preview of the 2017 season online with this story.

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Egg Harbor Installs First Public Art Displays


By Tim Kowols




Egg Harbor's Public Arts Initiative is bringing sculpture outside to the community. Earlier this month, the new non-profit organization unveiled its first piece at Harbor View Park called "Natural Wonders," the first of four works of art to be installed throughout the village. Egg Harbor Administrator Ryan Heise says the four sculptures are just the beginning of expanding the public art experience in the village.



 

While the temporary sculptures will be in place through the early fall, work on the estimated $20,000 piece of public art will begin in the spring.

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Open Door Pride Day And Picnic Event Kicks Off New Organization


By Paul Schmitt




Hundreds of people attended the Inaugural Open Door Pride Picnic held at Martin Park on Saturday afternoon.  June 24 was proclaimed "Open Door Pride Day" by Sturgeon Bay Mayor Thad Birmingham.  Council member Kelly Catarozoli was on hand to present a plaque of the proclamation.  Founding member of the Open Door Pride committee Cathy Grier says the mission of the organization is to affirm the community's diversity through inclusion.

 



 

The picnic on Saturday included live music, art activities, and LGBTQ friendly vendors.  Grier says the new organization will have future events planned for later this summer.

 

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Door County Board Member Megan Lundahl, City Alder Kelly Catarozoli, founder Cathy Grier with proclamation letter plaque proclaiming "Open Door Pride Day"

 

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https://youtu.be/PWBpB4IsTZk

 

 

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Students From Sturgeon Bay To Experience Prestigious Art Camp In Georgia


By Connor Sannito




Four Sturgeon Bay High School students will attend an art camp at one of the nation's top art schools this summer.

 

Eric Frank, Connor Sannito, Grace Hubbard, and Ellie Johnson, three up and coming seniors and one soon to be Junior, have the unique chance to go to the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia.

 

The four individuals all achieved partial scholarship at the prestigious art school. Nicole Herbst, the Sturgeon Bay High School Art teacher, assisted the students in attaining the scholarships. They required transcripts, listings of extracurricular activities, essay answers, and three art pieces.

 



 

 

The week-long camp is a special opportunity for the four students. The school has a ninety-nine percent job placement rate and the school is known for their connections to internships with art giants such as Disney, Pixar, and Nickelodeon.

 

The four Sturgeon Bay Students leave at the end of June and will come back the beginning of July.

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Birch Creek Is Gearing Up


By Mark Kanz




The century-old Dutton Concert Barn will sound a bit like a tropical island in a week from now as Birch Creek Music Performance Center opens its new season with percussion and steel band concerts.  Egg Harbor Wine Fest is also next weekend and Birch Creek Executive Director Mona Christensen says the 3 p.m. matinee performance next Saturday will allow you take part in both events.

 



 

She says many first-time visitors fail to realize the wealth of talent that is spending the summer in Door County.  Two-hundred students and 100 faculty members will study by day and perform at night throughout the summer at Birch Creek.

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"Oklahoma In Wisconsin" To Debut Friday At Northern Sky Theater


By Tim Kowols




Wednesday's storm may have delayed its official opening, but Northern Sky Theater is set to present a world premiere of an original musical this summer. Oklahoma in Wisconsin, written by Richard Castle and composed by Matthew Levine, highlights a Door County inn during the 1950s and the clash of the big lights of Hollywood and small-town values. Artistic director  Jeffrey Herbst says you could feel the energy of the new show even during rehearsals.

 



 

Weather permitting, Oklahoma in Wisconsin will debut at Northern Sky Theater located inside Peninsula State Park at 8 p.m. Other shows this summer season include Victory Farm, Doctor! Doctor!, and Lumberjacks In Love.

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Washington Island Art And Nature Center To Host Opening Reception Friday


By Tim Kowols




An annual rite of summer on Washington Island takes place Friday when the Art and Nature Center hosts its opening reception. It offers an opportunity for artists to show off what they have been working on since last year and for visitors to view the artwork and nature exhibits. Washington Island Art and Nature Center Director Laura Waldron says the opening reception also gives visitors a chance to talk to the artists face to face and reconnect with old friends.

 



 

The opening reception, which will feature the art of Charles H. Jack, Laura J. Jack, and Julia C Jack-Scott, will take place at the Washington Island Art and Nature Center beginning at 6 p.m. You can find a schedule of the other upcoming events at the Art and Nature Center online with this story.

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Barbara Lawton To Introduce Midsummer's Music Festival Opening Night Gala Friday


By Paul Schmitt




Midsummer's Music Festival in Door County will have their opening night gala this Friday with a very special mistress of ceremonies.  The performance will begin at 7 p.m. at Birch Creek's Juniper Hall in Egg Harbor and Executive Director Russ Warren says a former Lieutenant Governor and long-time attendee will have the honors on Friday.

 



 

The Opening Night Gala will begin Midsummers Music Festival's 27th season that will feature 34 performances through September 16.  You can find the complete schedule of the events and ticket information with this story online

http://www.midsummersmusic.com/

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Luxemburg Music In The Park Series Begins


By Mark Kanz




The Luxemburg Chamber of Commerce is off and running with its Music in the Park series.  The weekly Thursday night concerts take place at Fireman's Park across from the Village Hall.  Volunteer Dan Porath promises something for everyone from polkas to country and plenty of rock and roll.

 



 

Porath says the event is "bring your own".....chairs, food and beverages.  Concerts run from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

Date                        Band

June 15                   Mark Jirikovec Band (Polkas, Modern, Old Time and Big Band)

June 22                  Dr. Bombay (50s, 60s & 70s)

June 29                  Sugarbush Boys (Polka & Modern)

July 6                      Notables - Ron Gilles (Variety)

July 13                    Petty Cash (Rock & County)

July 20                   No music due to County Fair

July 27                   Blind Ambition (50s, 60s & 70s)

August 3               Interstate 45 (Country, 60s & 70s)

August 10            Greatest Hits Band (Polka & More)

August 17             Luxemburg Community Band

August 24            Ken & Shirley Duo (Country 50s & 60s)

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Steel Bridge Songs Bring Crowds


By Mark Kanz




It started as an effort to save Sturgeon Bay's Michigan Street Bridge from the wrecking ball and this weekend marks the 11th Steel Bridge Songfest.  Citizens for Our Bridge's mission is to preserve and promote the bridge and the week-long Songfest celebration is one way to do it.  Wayne and Becky Schmalz have made the trip from Appleton for four years and even brought their neighbors along for the second year in a row.  Wayne says you can't beat it.

 



 

Becky agrees and says you'll see a lot of acts that aren't on the usual festival circuit.

 



 

The music continues through 6:30 Sunday night near the north end of the steel bridge in downtown Sturgeon Bay.

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Door Kinetic Arts Festival Hosting New York Times Writer At Bjorklunden


By Paul Schmitt




The Door Kinetic Arts Festival will begin its second year at Bjorklunden next week.  The one-week festival gives Door County residents and visitors a peek at the creative process through staged readings, a dance presentation, and some film screenings that feature award-winning shorts.  Producer Alan Kopischke says this year's fest will offer a nationally recognized writer.

 



 

The Door Kinetic Arts Fest will run from June 13 through the 18th with nightly presentations.  You can watch the official 2017 video trailer for this year's festival below.

 

 

https://youtu.be/4goKki4wVjI

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Northern Sky Theater Looks To Bring All Operations Under One Roof In Constellation Campaign


By Tim Kowols




Its overall sustainability is the reason why Northern Sky Theater hopes to turn 40 acres in Fish Creek into a creative hub for years to come. Currently, Northern Sky Theater uses space in Ephraim, Baileys Harbor, Egg Harbor, and Fish Creek to run its operations before it ever hits the stage inside Peninsula State Park. Using the site purchased from Stella Maris Parish in 2015, Northern Sky Theater hopes to bring its set design, rehearsal space, office operations, and off-season programming under one roof. Artistic Director Jeffrey Herbst says it was in 2014 when he realized the center was needed to keep the organization sustainable, especially since Northern Sky Theater relies so much on developing its own programming.

 



 

Northern Sky Theater reached the $4.5 million milestone before entering the public phase of fundraising, which has a $6.7 million goal. Herbst says a groundbreaking date will not be set until it has raised enough money to complete the project but hopes it will open in 2019.  Northern Sky Theater opens its 2017 season  June 14 with three shows including the world premiere of "Oklahoma in Wisconsin."

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Birch Creek Music Performance Center Adds New LED Lighting For Stage


By Paul Schmitt




The lights will shine brighter on the Birch Creek Music Performance Center stage this summer.  Thanks to new LED lights recently installed at the performance center in Egg Harbor.  Executive Director Mona Christensen says the high-end quality theater lighting was previewed a couple weeks ago and will make a big difference for the visual experience of the audience.

 



 

Birch Creek Music Performance Center is a summer music academy for advanced young musicians that are taught by nationally-known performers and educators during the day, and perform alongside them in concerts at night.  You can find the schedule of percussion and steelpan, symphony, and big band jazz sessions that are planned this summer by going to

www.birchcreek.org

 

 

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