Saturday, June 8 2013 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Counting down the days until the annual Midsummer's Music Gala... a champagne toast, an opening night chamber music concert with a special appearance by Door County String Academy, a guest speaker, wine and sweet treats all at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor on Friday, June 7 at 7 pm.
"We'll dazzle your taste buds with gourmet chocolates made locally by the confectioners at Door County Candy and raise our glasses together in a champagne toast to performing artists young and old," says Midsummer's Executive Director Mark Kunstman.
The young musicians with the Door County String Academy, under the direction of Kimberly Souther will provide a prelude. Then, guest speaker Kathleen Blankenburg, a garden designer also known as The Gardening Angel, will define what truly constitutes an English garden. Following that, the Midsummer's Music master ensemble hopes to whisk you away with the Door County premiere performance of works by Gerald Finzi, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Charles Villiers Sanford. Artistic Director Jim Berkenstock encourages you to imagine strolling through an English garden with the following repertoire:
Interlude in A Minor
Oboe and String Quartet
Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
Quintet in D Major
Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Cello, and Piano
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Quartet in F Major, Opus 15
Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello
Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
The evening will close on a sparkling note as audience members meet the performing artists with Midsummer's Music Festival and chat with friends and fellow concertgoers at a post concert party. Taste treats and fine wine will typically abound, including delicious cupcakes created in Sister Bay at Cupcake Heaven.
Two more performance opportunities of "In an English Country Garden" exist:
- Saturday, June 8, at Saint Luke's Episcopal Church, Sister Bay at 7:30 pm
- Wednesday, June 12, at Bjorklunden, Baileys Harbor, at 7:30 pm
Midsummer's Music Festival invites you to celebrate their 23rd season, featuring a unique collection of intimate concerts performed by world-class musicians who come together in Door County each season from groups that include the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Pro Arte Quartet, the Aspen Music Festival, the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra and the artist faculty at several major universities.