Door County’s Midsummer’s Music Festival is launching its 2016 season with the Three Romantic Giants program, featuring music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Ludwig Spohr and Felix Mendelssohn.
Beethoven’s Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 16, is one of his earlier works. Much of Beethoven’s chamber music from this period involves winds, which were particularly fashionable at social functions.
Door County mezzo-soprano Cyndy Stiehl joins Midsummer’s ensemble for Spohr’s Sechs Deutsche Lieder, Op. 103. The Six German Songs were written for, and dedicated to, Princess von Sonderhausen.
Written when Mendelssohn was only 16, the Piano Quartet in B Minor, Op. 3 was a pivotal work. It is the third, and by far, the most mature of his three piano quartets. Visiting Paris in March of 1825, Mendelssohn showed the Quartet to Luigi Cherubini who was very impressed by the work. Cherubini’s approbation helped Mendelssohn decide that his future was to be in music.
The Three Romantic Giants program will be performed at opening night on June 17, 7 pm, Birch Creek; June 19, 3 pm, Ephraim Moravian Church; 7 pm, June 24, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship; and 6 pm, June 25, Prince of Peace Church.
An optional dinner with Midsummer’s musicians at Trattoria Dal Santo follows the June 25 performance; reservations are required. Opening night tickets are $60. Later tickets are $29 for adults, $10 for students, and children 12 and under are free. Tickets for the optional dinner/concert package are $75.
The 2016 season runs June 17-23 and Aug. 23 – Sept. 5. For more information visit midsummersmusic.com.