Arts & Entertainment Archives for 2018-07

An Evening with Jens Jensen brings Kuhns close to his hero

By Paul Schmitt    

Geologist, filmmaker, and author Roger Kuhns is bringing audiences back in time with his characterization of Jens Jensen at the Clearing Folk School in Ellison Bay.  Jensen, the father of native plant landscape architecture, founded the Clearing in 1935 and was a leader in the preservation and environmental movements in the early 1900's.  Kuhns explains why he wrote the monologue he performs on stage in full costume including Jensen's signature mustache.



 

Kuhns, who does regular shows at the Clearing, just performed "An Evening with Jens Jensen" in Milwaukee and will be performing in Baileys Harbor on August 29.  He calls Jensen the Aldo Leopold and Mark Twain of Door County.  You can find a schedule of Kuhn's upcoming performances with this story online.

  https://rogerjameskuhns.com/calendar/

 

(photo courtesy of Roger Kuhns)

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Algoma Soar on the Shore looking to add wind to kites and event this year

By Paul Schmitt    

The Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce is adding more children activities to attract visitors for the annual Algoma Kite Festival "Soar on the Shore" on August 18.  Executive Director Sara Krouse says regardless of the wind conditions, there will be plenty to do during the event.



 

Beach Mosiacs, Rock Painting, and a Kite Candy Drop are planned for the fourth annual event.  The Algoma Kite Festival Soar on the Shore is organized by the Friends of Crescent Beach as well as the Chamber of Commerce.  You can find more on the planned activities for this year's Soar on the Shore with the link below.

 

https://visitalgomawi.com/soar/

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Orthober mounting new specimen for Door County Historical Museum Saturday

By Paul Schmitt    

The Door County Historical Museum will have master taxidermist Mike Orthober make his final appearance of the season this Saturday.  Orthober has been adding to the "Season of Life" exhibit for over twenty years and will be mounting a new bird for the nature diorama this weekend.  He explains what visitors will see in the exhibit.



 

Orthober, who has won national and worldwide awards, will be at the Door County Historical Museum on North Fourth Avenue in Sturgeon Bay from 10 am until 4 pm this Saturday.  Admission to the demonstration is free.

(photo courtesy of Door County Historical Museum)

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A film about father and son bonding shows Hollywood just can't best Wisconsin

By Terry Kovarik              



Baileys Harbor hosted a special showing of the film "Waterwalk" on Sunday. It's based on the book of the same name. A father and son bond while following Marquette and Joliet's Mississippi River discovery route in an aluminum canoe. The bulk of the film was shot in Wisconsin and many local actors were cast. Roger Rapoport, the film's producer and co-writer, says what Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region have to offer just couldn't be done by Hollywood.

 



Rapoport says the unpredictability of the water adds to "Waterwalk's" authenticity. One scene showing the father and son getting swamped on Lake Michigan actually took place, unscripted. It was so good that it was left in the finished film.

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Donations coming in for Habitat's Vintage Home and Garden Fair

By Tim Kowols       

Donated items are getting a new lease on life as artists and do-it-yourselfers complete their projects for September's Vintage Home and Garden Fair. Organized by Door County Habitat for Humanity, people can pick items for free from the ReStore and either refinish it or give it an entirely new look and use. ReStore manager Megan Dietz says all you have to do is be creative.



Items are due back to the ReStore by August 15 in advance of the Door County Habitat for Humanity's Vintage Home and Garden Fair on September 1. During the organization's most recent audit, the organization had saved 20 tons of building materials, furniture, and appliances from landfills while raising money for its home build and improvement projects.

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Summit Players brings Shakespeare State Park tour to Whitefish Dunes

By Tim Kowols       

For the fourth season in a row, the Milwaukee-based Summit Players will visit Door County as a part of its 17-stop Wisconsin State Park tour. At each stop, the seven-member troupe will engage with the audience in a 45-minute workshop to get people familiar with the artistic stylings of William Shakespeare before performing "The Twelfth Night." The Summit Players' A.J. Magoon says the idea of taking actors to tour the state parks actually started with a visit by executive director Hannah Klapperich-Mueller to Potawatomi State Park with her family.



The performances are free with state park admission. The Summit Players make their Door County stop on August 5 at Whitefish Dunes State Park. The workshop begins at 1 p.m. with the performance starting at 2:30 p.m.

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Color Brave Photo Exhibit being shown in Door County

By Paul Schmitt    

A traveling racial literacy exhibit to help spur local conversations on promoting inclusion for people of color is coming to Door County.  The FIT Oshkosh exhibit called "Color-Brave Photo Project: Black and Brown Faces, A New Narrative" will be displayed at Hope United Church of Christ in Sturgeon Bay for three days in August.  Shirley Senarighi of the Door County Civility Project shares what the traveling exhibit all entails and the organizations responsible for bringing it to Door County.



 

The Color-Brave Photo Project will be displayed August 24 through August 26 at Hope Church and include a special reception and viewing on that Friday at 6:00 pm.  A community conversation with will follow at 7 pm and be facilitated by FIT Oshkosh.

(photo submitted)

Color-Brave Photo Project - Poster-FINAL (1)

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"Escarpment" movie to be featured at Crossroads Saturday--VIDEO

By Paul Schmitt    

A documentary film about the Niagara Escarpment that received national acclaim will be shown this weekend in Sturgeon Bay.  Roger Kuhn's movie "Escarpment", which debuted in April of 2017 and received an award at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Film Festival last year, will be shown at Crossroads at Big Creek on Saturday afternoon.  Kuhns, a geologist as well as a writer and moviemaker, describes what the audience will experience while viewing the western shoreline of  Door County's landscape.



 

Kuhns says he made the movie because he hoped that by an understanding of what was here before us, we can better stewards of the land today.  The free documentary showing will be at 1 pm with Kuhn's introduction and then an answer and question period after the showing.



 

 

https://youtu.be/GOqGwWhPhVo

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Washington Island Music Festival begins Monday

By Tim Kowols       

Two weeks of music kicks off Monday when the Washington Island Music Festival returns to the Trueblood Performing Arts Center. For over 25 years, classical musicians from across the country including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra have come to Washington Island to perform a series of concerts and speak at a number of lectures. Highlights in past years have included the Under the Big Top concert and the children's music camp. Festival manager Liz Pratt says it is a unique experience for Island residents and visitors.



Some of the events held during the Washington Island Music Festival are free to attend, but donations are encouraged. You can see the full schedule for the event online with this story.

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Tribute to lost Door County sailors highlight United States Coast Guard cutters visit

By Tim Kowols       

Two United States Coast Guard cutter ships will dock in Sturgeon Bay next month for Maritime Week celebrations. The USCG Cutter Escanaba will arrive August 5 and the USCG Cutter Neah Bay will arrive August 6 for a few days for public tours. The original Escanaba was sunk by enemy forces during World War II, claiming the lives of four Door County men with it. The Door County Maritime Museum will host a public memorial service and wreath presentation in honor of Maplewood's Leonard Delsart, Sturgeon Bay's Clarence E "Bud" Christensen and Victor J. Londo, and Ellison Bay's George W. Larson on August 6. Carrie Dorski from the Door County Maritime Museum says it is important to link the past and the present during Maritime Week activities.



Maritime Week in Sturgeon Bay officially runs from August 4 to 12. You can learn more about the visiting Cutter Escanaba and Cutter Neah Bay below.

 

INFORMATION AND PICTURE FROM THE DOOR COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM

USCGC Escanaba (WMEC-907) is a 270-foot United States Coast Guard medium endurance cutter based in Boston, Massachusetts.  The cutter is named for her predecessor, USCGC Escanaba (WPG-77). The original Cutter Escanaba was named for the river and city of Escanaba, located on Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Cutter Escanaba is tentatively scheduled to open for tours on Monday, August 6 from 9:00 to 12:00 am and 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  Cutter Neah Bay is tentatively scheduled to open for tours on both Wednesday, August 8 and Friday August 10 from 10:00-12:00 am and 2:00 to 5:00 pm.


More information about the Cutter Escanaba and her predecessors can be found at: https://www.atlanticarea.uscg.mil/Area-Cutters/CGCESCANABA/


More information about the Cutter Neah Bay and the Bay Class icebreaking tugs can be found at: https://www.atlanticarea.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/District-9/Ninth-District-Staff/Prevention-Division/Cutters/NEAH-BAY/


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Washington Island's Julian Hagen musical roots run deep

By Paul Schmitt    

A Washington Island musician is spreading his talents around Door County.  Julian Hagen, who has been playing guitar for over four decades, passes his time on the Island performing and working at his stone quarry where he says he "makes little rocks out of big ones".  Hagen comes from five generations of Islanders who have made music an important part of their daily lives.  He shares how his family's love for music impacted his youth.



 

Hagen says he began writing music at the age of sixteen and categorizes his music as folk-based.  James Taylor, John Denver and Bob Dylan are musical performers that influenced his music.  The Hagen Family Christmas has been performed over the past twenty years in Sturgeon Bay.  Hagen will be performing this Thursday evening at the Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor for a "Concert with a Cause" benefiting the Door County Land Trust.



 

(photo submitted)

 

https://youtu.be/Lb1O0LQAMY4?t=137

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Art and Nature Center offers something for everyone on Washington Island

By Tim Kowols       

From looking at paintings to holding snakes, there is plenty of variety to go around at the Washington Island Arts and Nature Center. The ANC is the site of several pieces of art done by Washington Island artists, covering paintings, photography, and fiber arts. Director Laura Waldron says the ANC can also get people up close to nature.



A recent grant allowed the ANC to install a pollinator garden and improve its native plantings around the building. Open every day, the last day of the ANC's season is September 16.

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Miller Art Museum displays local artist's work

By McKenzie Konop       

The Miller Art Museum is holding an art exhibit on July 21 called "Captured Moments" to showcase well-known Door County artist James Ingwersen and his portraits.  Ingwersen is known for his ability to create lifelike portraits while capturing the essence of his subject through painting.  Miller Museum Art Curator Elizabeth Shoshany Anderson says the art displayed shows Ingwersen's intimacy while painting his close friends and family members.



The event will be held in the museum which is located within the Door County Library.  Admission is free and the display will be available to the public until September 11.

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Champeau takes on new challenge with young cast in "Story Theater"

By Tim Kowols       

Even though the source material may be familiar, Rogue Theater's production of Paul Sills' "Story Theatre" is not child's play for Stuart Champeau. Using mostly college-aged actors, Sills' Story Theatre meshes modern music with the tales of Aesop and Brothers Grimm in a play that earned a Tony Award nomination in 1971. Champeau had to teach the young cast techniques they were unfamiliar with, but he says it has been rewarding work.



Sills' "Story Theatre" opens this Friday and has weekend performances through July 29.

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Jordan continues to find hidden treasures in Door County

By Tim Kowols       

Whether traveling with his wife or by himself, author and photographer Tom Jordan is hardly ever without his camera. Since 2016, Jordan has compiled countless photos and essays documenting spots in Door County that often go without fanfare. Some of his favorite spots have included local bed and breakfasts and places off the beaten trail. Jordan says people know their area well, but encourages them to travel to find their own hidden treasures.



When he is not working on other projects like his upcoming book celebrating 100 years of the Milwaukee Athletic Club, Jordan periodically shares his newfound hidden treasures with DoorCountyDailyNews.com. You can find Jordan's past Hidden Treasures photo essays online with this story.

http://www.doorcountydailynews.com/2017/09/15/secret-treasures-of-door-county-the-garden-door/

http://www.doorcountydailynews.com/2017/11/18/secret-treasures-of-door-county-sturgeon-bay-waterfront/

http://www.doorcountydailynews.com/2017/10/12/secret-treasures-of-door-county-whitefish-dunes-state-park/

http://www.doorcountydailynews.com/2017/12/23/a-secret-treasure-of-door-county-the-art-of-different-media/

http://www.doorcountydailynews.com/2018/01/13/secret-treasures-of-door-county-winter/

http://www.doorcountydailynews.com/2018/02/17/gems-of-sturgeon-bay-kimz-galley-cafe/

http://www.doorcountydailynews.com/2018/03/17/gems-of-sturgeon-bay/

http://www.doorcountydailynews.com/2018/04/21/another-secret-treasure-of-door-county-the-white-lace-inn/

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The Door County Fair Online Registration Is a Learning Process

By Terry Kovarik

The 2018 Door County Fair is just weeks away from opening day. While registration is closed for this year's exhibitors, the registration process went online for the first time. Door County Fair Educational Liaison Dawn VandeVoort says help sessions were offered to answer questions and get help. But she calls the first online signs a good start for the future.



 

VandeVoort says she noticed a number of first-time exhibitors signing up. But it's too early to credit online registration.

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Classic rock band Head East plays Sturgeon Bay on July 25

By Paul Schmitt    

One of the legendary rock bands of the 1970's and 80's is coming to Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay later this month.  Head East will be performing at the Harmony by the Bay concert Wednesday, July 25.  The free music concert is part of a series all summer long provided by the city of Sturgeon Bay.  Head East keyboardist and original band member Roger Boyd says that the band's first Door County performance ever is at the perfect venue.



 

Head East was formed in 1969 and has had three top 100 hits in the late 70's including "Never Been Any Reason" and "Since You've Been Gone". Boyd adds that the band will be sticking around after the 90-minute concert to meet with those in attendance and sign autographs.  The Head East concert at Martin Park is set for 7 pm on July 25.

 

(photo submitted)

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Cathy Grier and The Troublemakers featured at Summerfest

By Paul Schmitt    

Local musician Cathy Grier and her band The Troublemakers returned to play last Friday at the "world's biggest music festival".  Performing at Summerfest in Milwaukee last week on the US Cellular One stage, Grier and her band jammed out numerous original blues songs for over 90 minutes.  Grier says the crowds and atmosphere at Summerfest were amazing.



 

Grier, a native of New York who moved to Door County two years ago, says the only stage she has performed on that was larger was in France.  This was the second year in a row that Grier and The Troublemakers have performed at Summerfest.



 

(Photo by Ty Helbach)

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Brewing boom ferries to Washington Island

By Tim Kowols       

Three friends are bringing their love of beer to Washington Island as a new nanobrewery. Erika Gonzalez, Diego Anderson, and Alex Anderson were all frequent visitors to Washington Island growing up and last year created the idea to start Brews on the Rock. A production brewer for Appleton's Stone Arch Brewery, Gonzalez hopes Brews on the Rock can work with a number of different businesses to bring a flavor of the town to their beer.



Two of the special beers Gonzalez says the nanobrewery will produce will include a pair of island staples: lavender and bitters. After kicking off their Kickstarter campaign on Saturday, Brews on the Rock hopes to open their tap room in May 2019.

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Renown taxidermist featured at Door County Historical Museum

By Paul Schmitt    

Master taxidermist Mike Orthober will be showcasing his skills at the Door County Historical Museum next Saturday, July 15. The "Season of Life" exhibit at the museum has been growing over the past twenty years. Orthober has mounted a variety of specimens including birds and mammals. He will be mounting a new bird and talking about the art and science of taxidermy. Well known for his work in taxidermy, Orthober has won national and world-wide awards, including the "Best in World" for warm-water fish. He shares some of the more challenging subjects he has worked on in the nature diorama.



 

Orthober will be at the Door County Historical Museum from 10 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. next Saturday with another planned demonstration later this summer on August 4. Admission is free to the museum which is located on North Fourth Avenue in downtown Sturgeon Bay.

(photo submitted)

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Midsummer's Music Celebrates Bastille Day

By Russ Warren     Performing a program on Bastille Day cries out for an all-French program. Midsummer's is featuring two well-known Parisian composers and two who are not so well known, including the very talented female composer, Cecile Chaminade, and the rock star pianist of his age – deemed equal to Franz Liszt – Charles-Valentin Alkan.


Chaminade was the first woman composer to win the Légion d'Honneur and among the first musicians to record her piano pieces via the gramophone. Today, these are highly sought after. Alkan wrote mostly piano pieces, which he used in his extensive concertizing. Alkan was of Jewish heritage, which he valued highly as revealed by the Jewish melodies he incorporated into his works. Fluent in Greek and Hebrew, he devoted much of his time to a new French translation of the Bible. Since the second half of the twentieth century, concert pianists have been working to restore Alkan's music to its rightful place before the public. The Trio in G Minor is a rare ensemble work by him.



Fauré's late Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano is his only chamber work including a wind instrument. It is also known in a version he made substituting the violin for the clarinet to increase the likelihood for sales, but the clarinet version is how it was conceived. Ravel's Jeux d'eau for solo piano is one of many works depicting water in different aspects by French impressionist composers. Ravel chose to focus on the way water can delight as in the bubbling of a fountain or the spray of waves. In this dimension it is our Bastille Day Celebration's contribution to the Celebrate Water initiative.



The Bastille Day Celebration program premiered on July 5, and the concerts play three more times: 7:00 pm July 13 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship; 7:30 pm July 14 at Björklunden; and 7:00 pm July 15 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church.



Dinner concerts are a favorite of Midsummer's Music audiences. By popular request Midsummer's returns to the Fireside Restaurant in Ellison Bay on July 23 at 5:00 pm and presents the fifth concert series, Bach at 333. This series will also have a performance at Woodwalk Gallery at 7:00 pm July 18 where a new work of art created specifically for this program will be unveiled; 7:00 pm July 20 at Sister Bay Moravian Church; and 7:00 pm July 21 at the Old Gibraltar Town Hall. The program is all Bach and includes his Brandenburg Concerti Nos. 3 and 5, a harpsichord concerto and Concerto for violin and oboe.





  1. S. Bach was fascinated by numbers. He may have been a mathematical – as well as musical – genius. Particularly in the later part of his life, he worked numbers of significance to him into works like The Art of the Fugue, his B Minor Mass, and the Goldberg Variations. It was not difficult enough to write a complex four-part fugue; Bach enjoyed the challenge of throwing in inscrutable number puzzles to make a real challenge. He often focused on his name. In German, the note B-flat is symbolized by the letter B. The note a half step higher, B-natural, is symbolized by H. Therefore, his name could be spelled out in music as B-flat, A, C, B-natural. In addition, he might use the number 14 which was the sum of the alphabetical ranking of each letter in his name – B [2], A [1], C [3], H [8] = 14. Thus, a theme might have 14 notes, or a whole passage, its inverse, 41.



As a good Lutheran inheriting sacred traditions going back to the Renaissance and Middle Ages, he knew that the number 3 was of divine significance. It symbolized the trinity. Ancient musical forms like the Kyrie and Agnus Dei of the Mass were made up of three parts. Triple meter was deemed more appropriate than duple meter for sacred music. Triptychs had three panels for the same reason. It was ingrained, and Bach responded appropriately but at a higher level than anyone else. Therefore, a birth year of 250 or 400 wouldn't be as significant to J. S. as 333. Triple 3s – how appropriate for this very religious musical numerological genius!



Most concerts are $29 for adults, $10 for students, and children 12 and under are free, and concerts are usually followed by a reception to meet the musicians. The July 23 dinner concert is $75 for adults and $56 for students. Woodwalk Gallery invites concertgoers to bring their own picnics at 5:00 and requests picnic table reservations by calling 920-629-4877. 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.



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 concert series 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.

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Symphony Session In Full Swing At Birch Creek

By Emily Maher    Music is in the air at Birch Creek. String, Wind, Brass, and Percussion players have arrived on campus for the 2018 season of the Symphony Session at Birch Creek. Each day, students and faculty are working on perfecting their technique in sectional instruction throughout practice rooms and rehearsal halls.

 

The Birch Creek Symphony program is unique in orchestral and chamber music education in that it incorporates a student/mentor approach in virtually every aspect of training. Students rehearse and perform alongside their teachers, receiving an abundance of personal attention. In such a nurturing environment, students progress at an amazing rate. Seven public performances of five completely different orchestral programs are given over the two-week session. Consequently, students develop excellent practice habits and rehearsal skills.

 

All of this hard work and talent is on display for audiences during every Symphony concert presented on July 4-7 and July 12-14. This year, Birch Creek has programmed all of the Symphony concerts to include water-themed music in support of Celebrate Water Door County. Concertgoers will hear music ranging from classical favorites to popular Broadway musical numbers: from Handel's "Water Music" and Strauss's "Blue Danube" to Henry Mancini's "Moon River" and selections from South Pacific and Showboat.

 

Tickets may be purchased online at birchcreek.org/tickets or by calling (920) 868-3763. Birch Creek's box office is open from 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM on concert nights and from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Monday-Tuesday.

 

Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor, WI, is a residential summer music academy for advanced young musicians. With a performance emphasis, students are taught by nationally known performers and educators during the day, and perform alongside them in concerts at night. Four sessions focus on Percussion & Steel Band, Symphony, and Big Band Jazz. 2018 concert and session dates are posted at www.birchcreek.org/tickets.

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Midsummer's Music crescendoes in 2018

By Russ Warren

Midsummer's Music is growing in more ways than one in its 28th season. Eight new musicians will join the ensemble this summer, including second-generation Midsummer's Music cellist Zachary Preucil. His parents Walt and Stephanie have been a part of traveling chamber music ensemble since Midsummer's Music began touring Door County's collection of churches, galleries, and other unique venues in 1990. At over 30 scheduled performances this season, Executive Director Allyson Fleck says Midsummer's Music keeps putting together strong programs.



Midsummer's Music will kick off a series of Bastille Day Celebration concerts on Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. at Egg Harbor's Kress Pavilion with additional performances next weekend in Ephraim, Baileys Harbor, and Sister Bay. You can read more about Midsummer's Music's newest members online with this story.

 

Jeremiah Frederick is a Chicago-based horn player and is currently a member of the Lake Forest and the South Bend Symphonies and the IRIS Orchestra. He has also played with other ensembles including the Lyric Opera, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Chicago Philharmonic, the Grant Park, Elgin, Rockford and Omaha Symphonies, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Joffrey Ballet and the Philly Pops Orchestra. He is a member of the Millar Brass Ensemble and has played with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, and he is a founding member of Quintet Attacca, a wind quintet and winner of the 2002 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition's Grand Prize. Jeremiah graduated from Northwestern University in 2000 with a Master's Degree in horn performance and received his Bachelor's in performance from Lawrence University.


Blakeley Menghini is a recent graduate of the UW-Madison Mead Witter School of Music, where she studied viola with Midsummer's Sally Chisholm. While earning her Doctor of Musical Arts, Blakeley was a member of the Hunt Quartet, a competitive graduate group that focused on both formal performances and educational concerts for children through the Madison Symphony Orchestra's Up Close and Musical program. During her studies, she held a private studio in Madison and served as adjunct professor of viola and violin at Beloit College. Blakeley has performed in masterclasses with Alban Gerhardt, Nobuko Imai, Laurie Smukler, the St. Lawrence Quartet, and the Arianna Quartet. She has participated in the Arianna Chamber Music Festival, the Northern Lights Chamber Music Festival, and the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival.


Roy Meyer began violin studies at 4 years old with Kyoko Fuller at the American Suzuki Talent Education Center (ASTEC) in Stevens Point, WI. Roy went on to pursue a Bachelor of Music in violin performance at University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI, and continued his education with a M.M. at USF in Tampa, FL, and at NYU, to pursue a certificate in advanced string studies in New York City, before settling in Chicago. Roy's primary teachers have included Midsummer's David Perry. Roy has been Concertmaster of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra since 2015 and is a frequent substitute violinist with the Sarasota Orchestra and Chicago Philharmonic. He enjoys maintaining musical relationships with friends and performing at Apollo Music Festival in Houston, MN, and at the Illinois Chamber Music Festival in Bloomington, Il. Roy has conducted violin master classes at Apollo Music Festival, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Virginia Tech, SUNY New Paltz, Indiana State University, and the Aber Suzuki Center on campus at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Roy also served as visiting professor of violin at Illinois Wesleyan University in 2018. Film credits include: Amazon Prime's "Mozart in the Jungle."


Susan Platts brings a uniquely rich and wide-ranging voice to the concert and recital repertoire. She is particularly esteemed for her performances of Gustav Mahler's works. She is a Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative Fellow, which gave her the opportunity to study with world-renowned soprano Jessye Norman. Ms. Platts has performed with, amongst others, the Philadelphia, Cleveland and Minnesota Orchestras, Orchestre de Paris, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Montreal, Toronto, Detroit, Milwaukee, Baltimore and Houston Symphonies, as well as the Los Angeles and St. Paul Chamber Orchestras. Ms. Platts' recent highlights include her Royal Opera House debut in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, John Adams' Nixon in China for BBC Proms, Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde and the premiere of a new work by Howard Shore with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Elgar's Dream of Gerontius with the Vancouver Symphony, and Mahler's Third Symphony with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.


A native of Minnesota, Cellist James Waldo leads a musical career marked by diversity and adventure. James performs regularly around the U.S. with his wife, pianist Alyona Aksyonova, as A.W.Duo, and the two completed their first tour of China in 2017. A specialist on baroque cello and viola da gamba, Waldo has collaborated with violinist Monica Huggett and lutenist Ron MacFarlane, and will debut with the Madison Bach Musicians in fall 2018. Waldo is a co-founder of Listen Closely, an uptown Manhattan chamber music collective now in its sixth season. Waldo serves as principal cellist of the award-winning Cecilia Chorus of New York, performing in Carnegie Hall each winter and spring. Waldo is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree under the tutelage of Uri Vardi at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mead Witter School of Music. He received his Master of Music and Artist Diploma with Timothy Eddy at Mannes College, where he was recipient of the Gregory Award for Excellence in Performance.


Hailed as a "splendid harpsichordist" (Chicago Tribune) and praised for his "supportive style" and "breathtaking, rapid-fire passagework" (Chicago Classical Review) Mark Shuldiner maintains a rigorous and varied performance schedule. A continuo specialist, Mark has played with such high level ensembles as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Music of the Baroque. In 2014 Mark appeared as the harpsichord soloist in the CSO's performance of Bach's 5th Brandenburg Concerto, conducted by Nicolas Kraemer. Most recently, Mr. Shuldiner could be heard playing harpsichord for Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Orphée et Eurydice.


Heather Zinninger Yarmel is Assistant Principal Flute of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Before coming to Milwaukee, she performed for five seasons as Principal Flute of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans. She was featured as a soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra on several occasions, most recently performing Christopher Rouse's Flute Concerto in April 2017. She has performed as a guest with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and New World Symphony. She has been a prizewinner in several national competitions, including the National Flute Association's Orchestral Audition Competition where she was awarded first prize. Heather earned a Master's Degree from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music and a Bachelor's Degree with highest distinction and a Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.


Cellist Zachary Preucil has literally grown up with Midsummer's Music, having been seven months old in 1991 while his father, Walt, performed in Midsummer's inaugural concerts. In the intervening years, he has served the festival variously as composer, cellist, and administrative intern. Currently, Zachary is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Cello Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his M.M. in Cello Performance and an Arts Leadership Certificate from the Eastman School of Music as a Pi Kappa Lambda inductee, and his B.M. in Cello Performance with Academic Honors from the New England Conservatory of Music. He has served on the faculties of the Music Institute of Chicago (MIC), Kanack School of Musical Artistry, Music for Youth of Arlington Heights, and as a teaching assistant at the Eastman School of Music. He has also been invited as guest improvisation clinician at MIC and the Wheaton College Community School for the Arts and served as a coach for the Schaumburg Youth Orchestra's chamber music program.


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STUDIO 330 celebrates 10 years of music and productions

By Paul Schmitt    

Local musician and producer Hans Christian of STUDIO 330 celebrated his tenth anniversary of opening his musical studio in Sturgeon Bay last week.  Christian has been working on local, regional, national and international projects in the past decade.  He says that he loves producing all types of music and does not have a favorite.



 

Christian worked with Jeanne Kuhns and other local musicians in releasing new CDs in the past month.  He will be performing his only planned solo concert in Door County this Saturday with his cello in Egg Harbor.  You can find details of his upcoming performance and a video of his cello playing with this story below.



 

https://youtu.be/iTEtHg__wMQ

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Statue commemorating commercial fishing to be dedicated Wednesday

By Tim Kowols       

The Door County Maritime Museum will recognize a Northern Door tradition Wednesday when it dedicates a statue honoring the area's commercial fishing industry at its Gills Rock campus. The commercial fishing industry has longed partnered with the newly renamed Death's Door Maritime Museum since it opened in 1975 by donating artifacts and helping curate exhibits. Executive Director Amy Paul says the statue created by Mary Ott Davidson is a fitting tribute.



The museum's renaming and statue unveiling ceremonies start at 2 p.m. with speakers set to present beginning at 3 p.m.

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