Classical Music Benefits Many Local Causes

Midsummer’s Music Festival showcased talented musicians at The Hardy Gallery in Ephraim this summer.

Over the years, Midsummer’s Music Festival has collaborated with a variety Door County non-profits for the purpose of mutual benefit and collective enlightening of patrons to the needs of our community.

Past collaborations have included HELP of Door County, The Nature Conservancy, Door County Land Trust, The Ridges Sanctuary, Peninsula School of Art, the YMCA and most recently a Labor Day Benefit concert with United Way of Door County.

“All who live in or visit Door County know that this is a very special place: our natural beauty, the deep love of our residents for the county and the abundance of social, cultural, artistic opportunities is what sets our county apart from other communities and makes it such a wonderful place to live and visit. Additional beneficiaries of this event are the various agencies supported by United Way of Door County. The needs are great and when we can package great entertainment with a benefit for those less fortunate, we all win,” Bob Agnew, Vice President of United Way of Door County, recently remarked.

Music touches every person in a different way. Classical music is universal in that there are no language, social or economic barriers. Midsummer’s Music Festival embraces these ideals as each season of music is planned. Founded by Jim and Jean Berkenstock in 1991, Midsummer’s Music has been entertaining and educating Door County audiences for 23 years. One of the more unique aspects of the ensemble is that they do not have a ‘home’ venue, instead, Midsummer’s brings audiences to historical places such as The Clearing Folk School and various churches throughout the county; cultural places such as The Woodwalk Gallery and The Hardy Gallery; private residences, and performance spaces such as Juniper Hall at Birch Creek Music Performance Center, Vail Hall at Bjorklunden, Trueblood Performing Arts Center and Door Community Auditorium.

The music that Jim schedules is not always by the well-known composers such as Mozart and Beethoven, but lesser known works and composers that may have slipped through the cracks in history. He educates the audience and explains each piece’s significance in the world of chamber music making it relatable to each concertgoer.

The world class roster of musicians, who come from various parts of the country, repeatedly return to perform with Midsummer’s Music Festival in Door County because of the rich historical and artistic culture, the intriguing variety of venues, the diverse selection of compositions, and of course, the people they play for.

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Peninsula Arts and Humanities Alliance, Inc., is a coalition of non-profit organizations whose purpose is to enhance, promote and advocate the arts, humanities and natural sciences in Door County. October is National Arts & Humanities month. The Peninsula Arts and Humanities Alliance members would like to thank our volunteers, patrons, students and audience members for helping make Door County a vibrant arts community and destination.

This month three Door County non-profit organizations will celebrate the arts and humanities and provide insight into their organizations and the community in the Peninsula Pulse.