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Midsummer's Music shares anniversary with a legend

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Midsummer’s Music. Executive Director Allyson Fleck says her group is flexible and is ready to adapt as needed to the coronavirus outbreak. That could mean online concerts at the beginning of the season. Midsummer’s Music shares a milestone with a legend as 2020 is the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven. The group plans to highlight some of his lesser-known work, says Fleck.

 


Additional highlights from the 2020 schedule can be found below.

 

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Midsummer's Music, Wisconsin's oldest summer chamber music series is celebrating its 30th summer of presenting exceptional chamber music in the hidden vacation paradise of Door County, Wisconsin. Concerts hailed as "exciting, pulse-pounding and riveting," are given in a variety of cultural, historical and scenic locations, including art galleries, museums, historic sites and private homes with several venues offering panoramic views of Lake Michigan and the waters of Green Bay. The 2020 season, running June 12 through September 7, features over 40 concerts performed by world class musicians, drawing 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, the Ravinia Festival and the world renowned Pro Arte Quartet, among others. The concerts feature standard repertoire as well as gems from lesser-known composers and attract a growing dedicated following every year, plus thousands more via Wisconsin Public Radio broadcasts and on Live from Chicago's WFMT Radio. Coinciding with the 30th anniversary, Midsummer's will release their 5th recording dedicated to the meritorious works of lesser known composers.

 

Providing unique, diverse and scenic musical experiences, the theme for the 30th anniversary season is a celebration of favorite repertoire from the series' first 30 years, a special focus on Beethoven's 250th birthday, and a continuing tradition of championing the works of female composers which will spotlight Louise Farrenc and Libby Larsen this year. Highlights include a special 30th anniversary concert event on July 11, 2020 at picturesque Bjorklunden in Baileys Harbor, and a special concert on Washington Island, where guests will travel by charter ferry to reach the charming destination. Repertoire includes a series of concerts dedicated to the works of Beethoven including the Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20, an arrangement for piano and string quintet of his Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58, the Serenade in D Major, Op. 25 for flute, violin, and viola, Sextet in E-flat Major, Op. 81b for two horns and string quartet and the Kreutzer Sonata in A Major arranged for string quintet. The season will include a world premiere by Midsummer's award-winning Composer-in-Residence Jacob Beranek, and post-season in May, Midsummer's year round Ensemble in Residence, The Griffon String Quartet will also perform. Midsummer's Music continues its partnerships with local arts organizations including the Woodwalk Gallery and Write On, Door County featuring collaborations with visual artists and noted area poets who create original pieces based on inspiration from the music being performed. Previously Midsummer's Music showcased a series of water-themed concerts in collaboration with the Celebrate Water Door County initiative bringing awareness to water supply protection.

 

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