Category: Performance

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.

  • Griffon String Quartet Offers Three October Concerts

    Midsummer’s Music’s quartet-in-residence, the Griffon String Quartet, will present pay-what-you-can community-outreach concerts featuring Mozart’s String Quartet No. 14 in G Major, Caroline Shaw’s Entr’acte, and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 12 in E-flat Major. Concerts will be held Oct. 15, 7 pm, at SWY231, 231 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay; Oct. 16, 2 pm, at […]

  • 15-Year-Old Violinist Makes PMF Debut

    Fifteen-year-old violinist Esme Arias-Kim will make her recital debut with the Peninsula Music Festival on Nov. 14, 2 pm, at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. The concert will feature virtuosic works by Mozart, Bach, Korngold, Wagner, Gershwin, Ponce and Ravel.  Arias-Kim is a Merit Scholarship Fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy, a […]

  • Commissioned Work Celebrates PSB’s 30 Years

    To honor its 30th anniversary, the Peninsula Symphonic Band (PSB) is commissioning a new work for concert band from nationally renowned composer Randall Standridge ( The band plans to give the world-premiere performance of this new work next fall. “We have been contemplating commissioning a new work for more than a year and a half,” […]

  • Film Review: Eastwood Has Earned Cry Macho

    MIKE AT THE MOVIES by MIKE ORLOCK At 91, Clint Eastwood looks every bit his age. The lanky frame is still lean – the one that struck such a screen presence in the Man with No Name trilogy and the Dirty Harry series half a century ago and propelled him to international stardom – but the […]

  • Paula Poundstone Performs at DCA on Oct. 3

    In Conversation Comedian Jim Gaffigan told host Terry Gross the following during an episode of her radio show, Fresh Air: “I think standup comedy is this: It’s this kind of indulgence and narcissism.”  Standing on a stage in front of a room full of strangers and assuming they very much care to hear your thoughts […]

  • Griffon String Quartet Begins Season Sept. 25

    Midsummer’s Music’s resident string quartet, the Griffon String Quartet, will present the first live concert of its September-to-May season Sept. 25, 2 pm, in Birder Hall at St. Norbert College in De Pere. The pay-what-you-can program features Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet in D Major, Op. 64, No. 5, “The Lark”; Jessie Montgomery’s Strum; and Antonín […]

  • Rogue’s the Loss World Monologues Shares Love, Loss

    Rogue Theater is presenting The Loss World Monologues, adapted from Mary London Szpara’s book The Loss World.  The compelling cast in this emotional rollercoaster of a production, directed by Lola DeVillers, will bring journeys of love and loss to life on stage as nine women move through grief and learn the value of love and […]

  • Pro Arte Quartet Performs Beethoven at Kress

    Midsummer’s Music will host the Pro Arte Quartet on Sunday, Sept. 19, 3 pm, at the Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. in Egg Harbor. The all-Beethoven repertoire will feature the composer’s Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3; Quintet in C Major, Op. 29; and Fugue for String Quintet, Op. 137. The Pro Arte […]

  • Lawrence Jazz Quintet Plays at Birch Creek

    Birch Creek faculty members José Encarnación, saxophone; and Dane Richeson, percussion, will bring the Lawrence University Jazz Quintet to Birch Creek to perform original jazz compositions and exciting interpretations of jazz standards. Fellow Lawrence University Conservatory of Music faculty members Tim Albright, trombone; Mark Urness, bass; and Bill Carrothers, piano, will round out the quintet. […]

  • Pianist Jodie DeSalvo Delights at Miller

    Concert pianist Jodie DeSalvo will take center stage Sept. 17, 7 pm, to play the Miller Art Museum’s grand piano during a concert featuring classical pieces such as Clair de Lune, Malagueña and Rhapsody in Blue. Donations will be appreciated during the intermission.  DeSalvo has been a Birch Creek faculty member for more than 20 […]

  • Classical, Jazz Favorites Flow at Birch Creek

    Birch Creek has begun its Fall Concert Series. The next performance, on Sept. 11, 7 pm, will feature pianist and Birch Creek Symphony Session faculty member Jodie DeSalvo. She’ll present Classical Favorites, including works by Debussy, Beethoven and George Gershwin. On Sept. 18, 7 pm, Birch Creek faculty members José Encarnación, saxophone, and Dane Richeson, […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Celebrates 30 Years

    John Nasukaluk Clare – of SiriusXM Symphony Hall fame and the general manager of Classic 107.3 in St. Louis – will be Midsummer’s Music’s special guest during its three Celebrating Our First 30 Years concerts. He will narrate John Harbison’s Four Encores for Stan and entertain concertgoers while hosting the lively Labor Day benefit concert. […]

  • Midsummer’s Music’s End-Of-Season Series Delights

    Midsummer’s Music is ending its 2021 season with three powerful programs in 10 intense concerts that began Aug. 26. The first program is Make No Small Plans: a concert featuring the work of Beethoven and Brahms, as well as the world premiere of Door County Concerto by Midsummer’s Music’s composer fellow Quinn Mason.  Next will […]

  • Quinn Mason Debuts Door County Concerto

    This year’s Midsummer’s Music composer fellow is the highly celebrated, Dallas-based composer and conductor Quinn Mason. He’s earned awards from the American Composers Forum, Voices of Change, Texas A&M University and the Dallas Foundation, among many others, and he was a finalist for 2020’s Texan of the Year.  Mason’s orchestral music has been performed all […]

  • Composer Fellow Premieres Concerto Aug. 26

    COMPOSER FELLOW PREMIERES CONCERTO AUG. 26 Midsummer’s Music is excited to present the world premiere of the Door County Concerto by 2021 Composer Fellow Quinn Mason on Aug. 26. Mason’s piece, commissioned by Midsummer’s Music, paints a musical portrait of Door County, putting in perspective different activities someone on the peninsula may encounter in three […]

  • Eric Lewis and Griffon Together at Woodwalk

    Memphis musician Eric Lewis will return to Door County for his first show since December 2019, and joining him for an Aug. 20 concert will be the Griffon String Quartet. Lewis is a multi-instrumentalist who performs and records with some of the top Memphis artists, and he’s also known in Door County for his association […]

  • North Mississippi Allstars, Mavis Staples Take the DCA Stage

    Door Community Auditorium (DCA) is welcoming fine blues to its stage: the Southern blues rock band North Mississippi Allstars will perform Aug. 16, 8 pm, and Mavis Staples will return Aug. 19, 8 pm. Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson of North Mississippi Allstars grew up soaking in the music of their father, Memphis legend Jim […]

  • Griffon Members Teach at Suzuki Strings Camp

    In July, members of the Griffon String Quartet – Blakeley Menghini, viola; Vinicius Sant’Ana, violin; and Ryan Louie, cello – taught students at the annual Suzuki Strings chamber-music camp in Manhattan, Kansas. It educates youth ages 6-17 on violin, viola, cello and bass, and the demanding schedule includes sight-reading classes, lesson classes, outreach performances, chamber-music coaching, […]

  • Stuart Sutter Returns as a Soloist

    All Things Oboe Music permeated the courtyard at The Ginger House during its weekly Thursday concert, but for this performance, there was no guitar amp or sound system, no vocalist, no microphone in sight – just Stuart Sutter playing his oboe, sitting with a music stand among the trees.  Sutter filled the space with timeless […]

  • Midsummer’s Music’s Sultry Summer Concerts Begin Aug. 20

    Dubbed the Sultry Summer Concert Series, Midsummer’s Music’s upcoming performances will run Aug. 20 – Sept. 6.  The four new programs, presented in 13 performances, will feature Heather Zinninger Yarmel, flute; Julie Thayer and Fritz Foss, horn; David Perry and Eleanor Bartsch, violin; Allyson Fleck and Madlen Breckbill, viola; James Waldo and Cole Randolph, cello; and […]