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Door County is home to a selection of performance venues and ensembles unmatched by any other small communities in America. Birch Creek brings jazz and classical music to a rustic barn, Midsummer’s Music Festival tours the peninsula for intimate concerts, and the Peninsula Music Festival awes visitors and locals alike at the Door Community Auditorium each august. Find schedules for these and many other venues here.

  • Fiddlefest Features Scandinavian Duo

    The 10th annual Door County Nordic FiddleFest is planned for Aug. 17, 7 pm, at the Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. in Egg Harbor. This year’s free concert event features the duo Lynx Lynx, whose members are Vidar Skrede of Norway and Patrik Ahlberg of Sweden. These versatile performers blend and contrast with a wide variety […]

  • Lake Wobegon Comes to Fish Creek: A conversation with Garrison Keillor

    “Well, it’s been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, Minnesota, my hometown, out there on the edge of the prairie.” From my college days on, the opening line about the latest news in the beloved, fictional town was synonymous with Saturday evenings.  Having lived in Minnesota for the first two years of my life and […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Presents German Romantic Masters

    During the Romantic period, approximately 1800-1850, music and poetry went hand in hand – a symbiotic relationship that Midsummer’s Music will explore during its Lush and Thrilling Romantic Poetry program. The featured musicians – flutist Heather Yarmel, clarinetist JJ Koh, violinists David Perry and Ann Palen, violist Allyson Fleck, cellist James Waldo and bassist David Scholl – […]

  • Energize Your Summer With Swing, Jazz, Hip-Hop Classes

    Kevin Delcason and Andria Nikoupolis Weliky of Emerald Lion Alchemy will lead a two-part Intro to East Coast Swing class at Studio234, 234 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay, on Aug. 3 and 10, 7-9 pm.  The sessions will include 90-minute lessons during which the instructors will teach the fundamentals of East Coast Swing, along […]

  • Organist Performs at Shepherd of the Bay

    On July 23, 7 pm, organist Sheri Masiakowski will perform works by Sr. Theophane Hytrek, Felix Mendelssohn, Camille Saint-Saëns and Louis Vierne on the 23-rank Dobson tracker pipe organ at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church.  Masiakowski is curator of the Heritage Music Collection for the School Sisters of St. Francis in Milwaukee, teaches in […]

  • Mike at the Movies: Jurassic World Dominion: The Extinction of the Jurassic Franchise?

    by MIKE ORLOCK [email protected] Jurassic World Dominion (PG-13) concludes the trilogy of the 2015 reboot of the original Jurassic Park trilogy that began in 1993 and ended in 2001. Got that? (There might be a quiz later.) It also purports to be the capstone to a franchise that has raked in nearly $6 billion (and […]

  • Mipso Up Next at Peg Egan PAC

    Mipso is up next in the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center’s (PAC) free Sunset Concert Series on July 24, 7 pm. Since making its acclaimed debut with 2013’s Dark Holler Pop, the four-piece Mipso from North Carolina has captivated audiences with finely layered vocals, graceful fluency in the musical traditions of North Carolina, and an […]

  • The War and Treaty Captivates DCA Audience

    When Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount-Trotter met at a festival in 2010, they didn’t know they’d be performing for audiences all over the country only a few years later. The Michigan-based duo started small, performing together in 2014 simply as Trotter & Blount, and releasing their debut EP, Down to the River, three years […]

  • Write Me a Murder Offers a Suspenseful Escape

    When the curtain opened on the Peninsula Players Theatre stage, it revealed a scene that seemed jarringly out of place for a modern theater nestled in a cedar forest on the water.  The scene was a Victorian-style English estate, filled with ornate wooden furniture and a crackling fireplace, its walls studded with old family portraits […]

  • Death’s Door Dance Festival premieres July 22-24

    Let’s Dance! Say “Door County,” and a few things probably come to mind: cherries, water and the arts, because it’s no secret that Door County has one of the most vibrant art scenes in the state. From the visual and written arts to the performance arts, practitioners of creativity in all forms have been calling […]

  • Trios, Poetry Up Next for Midsummer’s Music

    Next in its summer lineup, Midsummer’s Music will present its Trio Magic program, featuring piano trios by Swedish composer Laura Netzel, Spanish composer Joachim Turina and German composer Franz Schubert.  Violinist David Perry, cellist James Waldo and pianist Jeannie Yu will perform the Trio Magic program July 15, 7 pm, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church […]

  • CULTURE CLUB: Who Is the Conductor in Chamber Music?

    by Allyson Fleck, Executive Director, Midsummer’s Music “How do you perform chamber music without a conductor?” That’s a question I hear often as a violist with Midsummer’s Music. I have performed with the ensemble since 2005, but I also have extensive experience playing in numerous stage, touring, pop, pit and regional orchestras. I have even […]

  • TAP’s Book Club Play: Reading between the Lines

    The Book Club Play reveals much about human nature I’m not sure whether Third Avenue PlayWorks’ (TAP) production of The Book Club Play has convinced me that I need to join a book club or avoid them at all costs. What I am sure of, though, is that The Book Club Play is a must-see […]

  • PENINSULA SYMPHONIC BAND’S UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

    The Peninsula Symphonic Band will perform an outdoor concert July 4, 7 pm, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 7973 Hwy 57 in Baileys Harbor, ahead of the town’s fireworks display. The concert will include patriotic selections, Sousa marches, exciting music from popular movies and a salute to composer John Williams’ 90th birthday with performances of some […]

  • NEXT UP FOR MIDSUMMER’S MUSIC

    Midsummer’s Music seeks to present works by both lesser-known and widely recognized composers, and such is the case with the Mozart and Healy concerts that begin July 1. This program features Mozart’s Trio in E-flat Major, “Kegelstatt,” K.498; and his Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-flat Major, K.449, along with Trio for Clarinet, Violin and […]

  • ROGUE THEATER PRESENTS COMEDY ABOUT AGING

    Rogue Theater is presenting a hilarious staged reading of About Time by Tom Cole on July 1, 7:30 pm, and July 2, 4 pm.   About Time takes place in the kitchen of an older married couple, played by Stuart Champeau and Lola DeVillers. Over the course of a day, they talk about everything under the […]

  • THE BOOK CLUB PLAY NOW ON STAGE AT TAP

    Grab your tickets for Third Avenue PlayWorks’ (TAP) production of The Book Club Play by Karen Zacarías.  When a world-famous documentarian makes a book club the subject of his next film and the wine starts to flow, the conversation strays from the literary to the personal, and six young professionals learn that it’s best not […]

  • DOOR SHAKESPEARE SEASON OPENS WITH THE TEMPEST

    Door Shakespeare has opened its 2022 season, running through Aug. 27, in the garden of Björklunden, 7590 Boynton Lane in Baileys Harbor. It began June 22 with William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, directed by Todd Denning. During a violent storm, a ship is torn asunder, and its passengers, separated from one another, land on a mysterious, […]

  • This Week in Door County: A Full Stage

    Your mind may be consumed with the coming 4th of July festivities (and you can find those all here) but there’s plenty more happening in Door County – especially on stage – in the days before Independence Day.  The county’s theater season is in full swing with Dad’s Season Tickets, Fishing for the Moon and […]

  • Birch Creek Offers Adult-Musician Programs

    Birch Creek Music Performance Center is hosting two music programs for adults this summer.  The Wind Ensemble Retreat, Aug. 16-19, is being offered for the fifth time and has attracted participants from eight states, including community band members, band teachers and other active amateur players. The co-directors are Charles (Chip) Staley and Birch Creek’s jazz […]