By Mark Kanz
18-year old composer Jacob Beranek from Hartland, WI is debuting his composition called Dangerous Waters this weekend as part of the Midsummer’s Music Series. Beranek’s piece is inspired by the story of Death’s Door….the area of water between Washington and Gills Rock which has claimed many boats, but no lives over the years. His nearly 17-minute piece is written for clarinet, cello, violin, French horn, and piano. Beranek researched Death’s Door and wrote a poem to get started. His composition includes three sections.
Beranek says you’ll hear the violin sound like seagulls and many other sounds familiar to Door County. He has 400 hours invested in writing the music and another 100 hours fine tuning it, writing various parts and publishing it. Saturday’s performance is at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ephraim at 7 p.m. Sunday’s performance is on Washington Island at the Trueblood Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m.