By Emily Maher Music is in the air at Birch Creek. String, Wind, Brass, and Percussion players have arrived on campus for the 2018 season of the Symphony Session at Birch Creek. Each day, students and faculty are working on perfecting their technique in sectional instruction throughout practice rooms and rehearsal halls.
The Birch Creek Symphony program is unique in orchestral and chamber music education in that it incorporates a student/mentor approach in virtually every aspect of training. Students rehearse and perform alongside their teachers, receiving an abundance of personal attention. In such a nurturing environment, students progress at an amazing rate. Seven public performances of five completely different orchestral programs are given over the two-week session. Consequently, students develop excellent practice habits and rehearsal skills.
All of this hard work and talent is on display for audiences during every Symphony concert presented on July 4-7 and July 12-14. This year, Birch Creek has programmed all of the Symphony concerts to include water-themed music in support of Celebrate Water Door County. Concertgoers will hear music ranging from classical favorites to popular Broadway musical numbers: from Handel’s “Water Music” and Strauss’s “Blue Danube” to Henry Mancini’s “Moon River” and selections from South Pacific and Showboat.
Tickets may be purchased online at birchcreek.org/tickets or by calling (920) 868-3763. Birch Creek’s box office is open from 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM on concert nights and from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Monday-Tuesday.
Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor, WI, is a residential summer music academy for advanced young musicians. With a performance emphasis, students are taught by nationally known performers and educators during the day, and perform alongside them in concerts at night. Four sessions focus on Percussion & Steel Band, Symphony, and Big Band Jazz. 2018 concert and session dates are posted at www.birchcreek.org/tickets.