Bach’s Birthday Concert

Midsummer’s Music continues its 28th season with two celebratory programs: one for Bastille Day and the other for Bach’s 333rd birthday.

Performing a program on Bastille Day cries out for an all-French program. Midsummer’s Music features two well-known Parisian composers and two who are not so well known, including the very talented female composer, Cécile Chaminade, and the rock star pianist of his age, Charles-Valentin Alkan.

The Bastille Day Celebration program premiered July 5, and the concert plays three more times:  July 13, 7 pm at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship; July 14, 7:30 pm at Björklunden; and July 15, 7 pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

Midsummer’s Music returns to the Fireside Restaurant in Ellison Bay for a dinner concert on July 23 at 5 pm with the fifth concert series, “Bach at 333.” This series will also have a performance at Woodwalk Gallery on July 18 at 7 pm, where a new work of art created specifically for this program will be unveiled; Sister Bay Moravian Church on July 20 at 7 pm; and Old Gibraltar Town Hall on July 21 at 7 pm. The program is all Bach and includes his Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 3 and 5, a harpsichord concerto and concerto for violin and oboe.

Most concerts are $29 for adults, $10 for students, and free for children 12 and younger. Concerts are usually followed by a reception. The July 23 dinner concert is $75 for adults and $56 for students. Woodwalk Gallery invites concertgoers to bring their own picnics at 5 pm; request picnic table reservations by calling 920.629.4877. For more information and to buy tickets visit or call 920.854.7088.

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