A Joyful Noise

December 7, 2009

A Renaissance Week in Door County

Filed under: Uncategorized — midsummersmusicfestival @ 6:04 pm

December 7, 2009

After all the planning and many discussions, “A Renaissance Christmas” concerts are finally here. In just a few short days the first concert will be at Bjorklunden in Baileys Harbor. This event is almost sold out. In fact, there are just a couple of tickets left so reserve now!

In addition to the concerts, there are several community-outreach programs happening on Thursday and Friday:

This year Dr. Phillip Serna will be giving four demonstrations as part of Midsummer’s Music Festival’s community outreach. Starting on Thursday, December 10, Dr. Serna will be at Washington Middle School/Green Bay East High School for the middle school and high school orchestra students.

On Friday, December 11 he will be giving three demonstrations that morning for the fourth through sixth grade students at Sevastopol. “I always look at the speaking as being part of the performance. The most important thing we do should always be to infect the students with a sense of enthusiasm about our instruments and its literature.” says Serna. “I think it helps young people relate better to the music when they know about the people who played and heard the literature and how they aren’t that different from them. One thing I always attempt to convey is that the literature for early instruments often lends itself to improvisation and ornamentation in a way quite alien to modern performers and audiences.”

The fifth presentation will be at Gibraltar on Friday, December 11 by Gary Berkenstock, Artistic Director and Founder of the Chicago Early Music Consort. Gary will be demonstrating five Renaissance woodwind instrument families: the recorder, crumhorn, rackett, shawm, and dulcian. Gary is excited about working with the kids. He explains, “Most students are intrigued by something so different from their own experiences. Since these are all band students, they should be able to relate to the origin of some of their modern day instruments.”

As early music musicians, both Serna and Berkenstock want to generate enough curiosity for some of these students to explore some early music further. It is as important to produce the Early Music audiences of the future through exposure to the literature by live performance. The students are all encouraged to attend “A Renaissance Christmas” concerts with their families on either Saturday, December 12 at Shepherd of the Bay at 7:00 PM, or on Sunday, December 13 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ephraim at 2:00 PM. There is no charge for youth 17 and under, tickets for adults are $20. To learn more about the upcoming concerts, call 920-854-7088 or visit www.midsummerSmusic.com.

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