A Joyful Noise

September 3, 2010

Pianist Craig Terry Returns to Midsummer’s Music!

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September 3, 2010

Midsummer’s Music is pleased to have internationally-acclaimed pianist Craig Terry return to Door County for our Labor Day concerts. Craig brings his wonderful style of playing starting this evening, Friday, September 3, at Shepherd of the Bay in Ellison Bay at 7:30 PM. Check out his profile:

A native of Tullahoma, Tennessee, pianist Craig Terry has launched an international career performing with some of the world’s leading singers and instrumentalists.  Currently Mr. Terry is in his sixth season as Assistant Conductor at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Previously, he served as Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera after joining its Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.  Mr. Terry has performed with such esteemed vocalists as Sir Thomas Allen, Christine Brewer, Eric Cutler, Danielle De Niese, Susanna Phillips, Patricia Racette, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Hugh Russell, and Garrett Sorenson.  He has collaborated as a chamber musician with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchester, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna  Philharmonic, and the Pro Arte  String Quartet.

Mr. Terry made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2000 and has also performed at Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Recent performances include a recital in Tokyo, Japan under the auspices of the Metropolitan Opera with Susanna Phillips and Dimitri Pittas as well as recitals with Christine Brewer at the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, Ms. Phillips at Alice Tully Hall, and Patricia Racette at the Austrian Embassy in Washington D.C. under the auspices of the Vocal Arts Society. In 2008, he was twice featured as soloist with the Chicago Philharmonic, performing piano concertos of Chopin and Mendelssohn.  In March 2010, he made his conducting debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago, leading student matinee performances of “L’Elisir d’Amore.” Upcoming engagements include recitals with Christine Brewer, Nicole Cabell, Andriana Chuchman, Jennifer Johnson, Joseph Kaiser, Kate Lindsey, Susanna Phillips, Patricia Racette, Hugh Russell, and Amber Wagner, as well as chamber music concerts with members of both the Pro Arte string quartet and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Terry received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Tennessee Technological University, continued his studies at Florida State University and received a Masters of Music in Piano Performance/ Accompanying from the Manhattan School of Music where he was a student of pianist Warren Jones.

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September 2, 2010

LABOR DAY CONCERTS ARE HERE!

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September 2, 2010

We started off our Labor Day concerts with a wonderful program and very receptive audience. Our world-class musicians were outstanding as they performed the music of Door County composer Edward Collins, Franz Joseph Haydn, and Edvard Grieg. This same program can be heard Thursday, September 3 at Ephraim Moravian Church and Saturday, September 4 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ephraim. Don’t miss flutist Jean Berkenstock, violinists David Perry and Stephanie Preucil, violist Sally Chisholm, and cellist Walter Preucil. Advance reservations are recommended although tickets are available at the door.

Our second program – Celebration! – features the music of Liebermann, Schoenfield, and Schumann. If you haven’t heard Cafe Music by Paul Schoenfield you’re in for a real treat! This is an outrageous piece of music performed by violinist David Perry, cellist Walter Preucil, and guest pianist Craig Terry. This will be performed on Friday, September 3 at Shepherd of the Bay in Ellison Bay and Sunday, September 5 at Ephraim Moravian Church. Sunday’s performance begins at 3:00 PM while all others begin at 7:30 PM.

We wrap up our 2010 festival with a joint gala on Labor Day, Monday, September 6 at Birch Creek. This joint benefit is with HELP of Door County, Midsummer’s Music, and The Ridges Sanctuary. Don’t delay because this event is almost sold out! All proceeds benefit each organization. It’s a wonderful event for three wonderful organizations. Advance reservations are required for this event. Please click on the Calendar of Events link at the top of this page.

We look forward to making a joyful noise this weekend!

July 13, 2010

THANK YOU FROM MIDSUMMER’S MUSIC FESTIVAL!

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July 13, 2010

What a fantastic June/July festival we had! It hardly seems real that we presented 22 concerts in one month and that month is over!

We can’t thank our musicians enough for their wonderful talent and dedication to Midsummer’s Music. Not to mention our hard working volunteers – we could not present this festival without them. And last but certainly not least, a HUGE thanks to Jim and Jean Berkenstock for their vision and support.

And thanks to all of our supporters who encourage and inspire us each and every day. You are the best!

July 9, 2010

MIDSUMMER’S MUSIC FEATURING THE BEST OF THE BEST!

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July 9, 2010

Tonight is the last night to hear the music of Sibelius, Thieriot, and Mendelssohn. What a great program! “En Saga” by Sibelius features flutist Jean Berkenstock, clarinetist Todd Cope, horn player John Fairfield, violinist David Perry, violist Sally Chisholm, cellist Walter Preucil, and bass player Jason Heath. One of Sibelius’ tone poems (a symphonic poem), the story line seems to be a very personal one.  Later in life Sibelius said of the work, “[it] is one of my psychologically most profound works. I might almost say that it encapsulates my entire youth. It is a statement of a state of mind. At the time when I wrote “En Saga,” I experienced many shocking things. I have never revealed as much of myself in any of my works as in “En Saga.”

Ferdinand Thieriot’s Octet in C Major, Opus 78 is a composition you have never heard. Ask any musician you know and you won’t find one in a thousand that knows of this composer. In fact, there is no recording of this piece. It is a real treat to hear our world-class musicians perform Thieriot’s wonderful music. From the first note to the last, you will be enthralled at the beauty of this composition performed by violinists David Perry, Isabella Lippi, Stephanie Preucil, and Gene Purdue; violists Sally Chisholm and Allyson Fleck, and cellists Walter Preucil and Paula Kosower.

The last piece probably needs no introduction. Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat, Opus 20 is a masterpiece. In fact, you can see the fourth movement as recorded a couple of years ago on this website. Just click on MEDIA and scroll down to “Midsummer’s Music Festival ensemble performs Mendelssohn’s Octet.” (NOTE: This was not professionally recorded so the audio and video quality will not be 100%.) This piece is performed by performed by violinists David Perry, Isabella Lippi, Stephanie Preucil, and Gene Purdue; violists Sally Chisholm and Allyson Fleck, and cellists Walter Preucil and Paula Kosower.

Tickets are still available for the July 9 concert at the Hardy. We recommend advance reservations although a limited number of tickets will be available at the door. $25 for adults, youth 17 and under are no charge.

We hope to see you there!

July 8, 2010

CLEARING BENEFIT TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE!

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July 8, 2010

It’s hard to believe we have just four concerts left in our June/July festival. Where did the time go?

Our festival ends with a joint benefit with The Clearing on Sunday, July 11. This is going to be a fun event starting at noon at T. Ashwell’s in Ellison Bay for a champagne brunch. A Door County Trolley will take you to The Clearing for a Midsummer’s Music concert in the old Schoolhouse and then return you to your car after some yummy desserts immediately after the concert. There are just a few tickets left so don’t delay! At just $75 per person this is a wonderful treat and perfect end to our festival.

All proceeds benefit Midsummer’s Music Festival and The Clearing.

July 2, 2010

MIDSUMMER’S MUSIC PERFORMS SIBELIUS, THIERIOT, AND MENDELSSOHN!

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July 2, 2010

This is one program you don’t want to miss! Our world-class musicians perform En Saga for flute, clarinet, horn, violin, viola, cello, and bass by Sibelius. Perfection! The Octet in C Major by Thieriot, a little-known composer, is a brilliant piece of music. If you haven’t heard this before you really need to hear it as performed by Midsummer’s Music. Wow! And the finale to this program is Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat. You can’t help but be enthralled by the performance of violinists David Perry, Isabella Lippi, Stephanie Preucil, and Gene Purdue; violists Sally Chisholm and Allyson Fleck; and cellists Walter Preucil and Paula Kosower.

This program will be performed on Friday, July 2 at Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek, on Thursday, July 8 at the Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor, and Friday, July 9 at the Hardy Gallery in Ephraim. All concerts start at 7:30 PM and tickets are just $25 per adult.

We hope to see you there!

ROCK ISLAND A SUCCESS!

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July 2, 2010

What a wonderful night we had on Rock Island! We couldn’t have asked for better weather. All those who attended gave rave reviews on the cruise, the food catered by Alexander’s, and the Midsummer’s Music concert in the accoustically beautiful Viking Hall. Our musicians gave a remarkable performance and received another standing ovation. Sibelius, Thieriot, and Mendelssohn never sounded better!

We definitely made a joyful noise!

June 30, 2010

MIDSUMMER’S MUSIC GOES TO ROCK ISLAND!

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June 30, 2010

We’re very excited about our excursion to Rock Island! In fact, everyone is so excited about this event as it sold out very quickly. For those of you who have reservations for this historic event, there are a few things we would like to mention:

  • We will be departing on the passenger ferry “Island Clipper” from GILLS ROCK. (Do not drive to Northport!)
  • Attendees must park in the large grass parking area to the right, across from Charlie’s Smokehouse. Please do not use the Shoreline Restaurant’s parking spaces or the gift shop parking down at the dock.
  • If you have special mobility needs please call our office prior to noon or inform us upon arrival.
  • All participants must be checked in at the Island Clipper dock no later than 3:45 PM. Keep in mind that traffic is heavier at this time of year so allow extra time to drive to Gills Rock. In the off-season it normally takes one hour from Sturgeon Bay to Gills Rock. If you are traveling this distance we suggest you allow 1 1/2 hours for the drive.
  • For those who might be sensitive to traveling in a boat you may want to take Dramamine or a similar product about one hour prior to departure.
  • There are two bathrooms on the Island Clipper. There are also flush toilets on Rock Island that are about a five minute walk from Viking Hall.
  • Casual and comfortable clothes are recommended with shoes suitable for a boating outing. Remember that it can get cool on the water at night so an outer jacket and maybe even head wear is appropriate.
  • We will depart Gills Rock at 4:00 PM sharp and the cruise to Rock Island will take about an hour.
  • A catered dinner by Alexander’s will be served on the boat prior to the concert. Gerhard Bernhard will perform during dinner.
  • The concert will start at approximately 5:45 PM in Viking Hall, an historic and acoustically magnificent building.
  • We will depart Rock Island around 8:00 PM so we can all enjoy the sunset and sip champagne on the return cruise.
  • We should dock at Gills Rock around 9:00 PM.

We look forward to seeing you there!

June 24, 2010

MIDSUMMER’S MUSIC + HOME SETTING = SPECTACULAR!

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One of the most fascinating aspects of Midsummer’s Music Festival is their performances in private homes. This summer Midsummer’s features five home concerts, one hosted by a Green Bay resident and the other four by Door County residents.

One Wednesday, June 30 one of the home concerts will be performed at “ViaLena” in Jacksonport, a unique home owned by Bob and Beth Hon. The Hon’s moved to Door County from the big city of San Diego, CA, attracted by the natural beauty and cultural diversity they had been enjoying on their vacations here for many years. Beth Chafey-Hon had been working on a house design for many years prior before they found the perfect building site, the historic Appel farm on County Rd A, complete with a charming 100+ year old farm house and huge, majestic old barn. They built their home up the hill behind the farm, five years ago. With the help and expert skills of Borkovetz Builders, using Beth’s design, they were able to put their creativity into realization. The living room boasts of a hand carved fireplace hearth, hand painted tiles in the kitchen, specially designed wrought iron railing, a tower and an elevator make the Hon home a special addition to Door County.  Beth and Bob both play music and a year ago, Bob put his “dream” piano, a Steinway ‘L’ model into their library/living room which be the piano used by pianist, Bill Billingham, during the concert on June 30.

This powerful program includes music by Cui, Fibich, and Franck performed by Midsummer’s Music Festival’s world-class ensemble. Tickets are $50 per person and advance reservations are required. To learn more call 920-854-7088 or visit http://www.midsummerSmusic.com.

BEETHOVEN & DVORAK – BRAVO!

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

If you haven’t heard Program C – Intense Memories – featuring the music of Beethoven and Dvorak, you must join us tonight, Thursday, June 24, at Stella Maris, St. Rosalia’s! Absolutely breathtaking!

Beethoven’s Serenade in D Major, Opus 25 features flutist Jean Berkenstock, violinist Isabella Lippi, and violist Sally Chisholm. These three world-class musicians play with such great passion you are drawn in from the very first note.

Dvorak’s Quintet in E-flat, Opus 97, well, it’s Dvorak! We really don’t need to say more but we will. Violinists Isabella Lippi and Stephanie Preucil, violists Sally Chisholm and Allyson Fleck, and cellist Walter Preucil will have you spellbound throughout the entire performance. And once you hear Jim Berkenstock’s introduction to the piece you’ll find yourself listening in an entirely different way.

Advance reservations are recommended although tickets will be available at the door. $25 per adult and youth 17 and under are free. Click on the Calendar of Events link for more information or Make A Reservation to reserve your tickets now. Tonight is the last chance to hear this program!

Make a joyful noise!

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