Concert for Excellence

The addition of three new buildings to Birch Creek Music Performance Center’s 40-acre campus brought significant improvements to the 2008 season, which concludes August 16. The sorely-needed faculty and student housing facilities upgraded previous housing facilities and the additional practice rooms and rehearsal halls succeeded in reducing past scheduling woes while also providing striking venues for student intermission performances on concert nights. The primary performance venue each summer will continue to be the historic Dutton Concert Barn, featuring Big Band Jazz through August 16.

After the season concludes, Birch Creek hopes that these new buildings will offer year-round opportunities for collaboration between Birch Creek and other Door County arts and education organizations. It has been Birch Creek’s desire to connect with other community organizations, providing a performance/rehearsal/meeting venue for other groups that is centrally located within the county and supporting the efforts of others who are teaching classes and performing for the public.

One such opportunity is the chance to collaborate with Midsummer’s Music in a concert and gala reception that will serve as a fundraiser for both organizations. On September 1 at 2 pm, Midsummer’s Music’s chamber musicians will present a classical music concert, In Concert for Excellence in Birch Creek’s Juniper Hall. Birch Creek will join forces with Midsummer’s Music’s musicians to create a concert and elegant reception for local audiences with proceeds jointly benefiting both organizations.

The concert will feature mezzo-soprano Cynthia Stiehl as guest artist performing with Midsummer Music’s musicians. Respighi, Moszkowski and Schumann will be featured. The concert will be followed by an elegant reception catered by T. Ashwell’s. Tickets are $100 per person.

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