The “Women to be Heard” concert program by Midsummer’s Music got a boost from a $2,500 grant provided through several Door County Community Foundation funds. Midsummer’s Music announced Wednesday that the awarded grant will go towards supporting its dedication to presenting music by women composers.
The 2023 summer season debuted in June with Midsummer’s Music’s Women to be Heard program which showcased works by German composers Ilse Fromm-Michaels and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, and Austrian composer Johanna Muller-Hermann. Other women composers featured in the summer season include African-American Nkeiru Okoye and Hungarian Dora Pejacevic. This year’s ensemble at Midsummer’s Music performances is comprised of over half women musicians. They include flutist Heather Zinninger; oboist Lindsay Flowers; clarinetist Alicia Lee; pianist Jeannie Yu; violinists Suzanne Beia, Sahada Buckley, and Ann Palen; violists Sally Chisholm, Allyson Fleck, Catherine Lynn, and Kayla Patrick; and cellists Paula Kosower and Mara McClain.
The Door County Community Foundation grant was made possible through the Women’s Fund Endowment of Door County, the Marion Peterson Memorial Fund, the Sally and Michael O’Brien Family Fund, the Bernard S. Bloom Family Fund, and the Bev and Tom Lisle Fund.