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.

  • Love Is in the Air at Birch Creek Music Performance Center

    Birch Creek Music Performance Center will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Feb. 11 concert of love songs from the worlds of musical theater, opera and popular music. Soprano Diana Stoic and pianist Michael R. Oldham will join Birch Creek alumnus and tenor Jonathan Zeng on the Juniper Hall stage. Enjoy favorites by Rodgers and Hammerstein, […]

  • A Taste of Broadway in Egg Harbor

    The songs of Wicked, Heathers, Mean Girls and more will come to Egg Harbor on Jan. 14, 7 pm, in the form of Broadway with a Twist: A Cabaret.  The event from Northern Door Pride features the talents of Logan Thomas, Owen Alabado, Branden Bogenschutz, Zephyr Ciesar, Abby Duebler and pianist Kate Hussey in a […]

  • A Taste of Broadway in Egg Harbor

    The songs of Wicked, Heathers, Mean Girls and more will come to Egg Harbor on Jan. 14, 7 pm, in the form of Broadway with a Twist: A Cabaret. The event from Northern Door Pride features the talents of Logan Thomas, Owen Alabado, Branden Bogenschutz, Zephyr Ciesar, Abby Duebler and pianist Kate Hussey in a […]

  • Adult Dance Classes at Studio234

    Studio234 is hosting guest instructor Amanda List for two adult (18 and older) dance-class series. Both will be held on Monday nights, 7-8 pm. Lyrical Dance is set for Jan. 16-30, and Sexy Chair Dance will take place Feb. 13-27.  Classes are designed for all abilities and will consist of warming up, learning skills and […]

  • Peninsula Music Festival Volunteers Make a Big Difference

    by LINDA WEISENSEL, President, Sustaining Committee When 70-plus musicians arrive at Door Community Auditorium in August to present the Peninsula Music Festival’s (PMF) Symphony Series, there will be a group of dedicated, hardworking volunteers from the Peninsula Music Festival’s Sustaining Committee (PMFSC) ready to support them every step of the way.  This special committee is […]

  • 2023 Dance Classes Open for Registration

    Want to learn how to dance or continue studying dance in the new year? Join Emerald Lion and STUDIO234 for its 2023 dance season, beginning the week of Jan. 9. Registration for children’s and adult classes in ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop is now open online at or by phone at 920.246.9334.

  • Griffon Quartet Launches Winter Strings Retreat

    The Griffon String Quartet is hosting an inaugural winter retreat for students studying violin, viola and cello. During the first week of 2023, the retreat will feature the Suzuki Strings of Madison, a group that provides Madison-area children with the opportunity to flourish. Suzuki Strings will present a private concert for students in third through […]

  • Reinventing TAP

    During the pandemic, Third Avenue PlayWorks renovated its building, hired new leaders and changed its name, but its mission stayed the same. The Third Avenue PlayWorks of today and the theater company of three years ago seem like two very different entities.  That’s courtesy of the pandemic, which shut down the theater – known as […]

  • Three Music Programs, One Goal

    The Griffon String Quartet aims to make classical music accessible to all Community outreach wasn’t always a top priority for Midsummer’s Music. That changed in 2018 when the Griffon String Quartet came together. “Since this group has been formed, [community involvement] has really just skyrocketed,” said Russ Warren, who handles marketing and media for Midsummer’s […]

  • Christmas Concert and Sing-Along

    The Algoma Community Band and Lakeshore Singers present ‘A Winter Wonderland’ concert at the Algoma Elementary School PAC. The community band performs several Christmas medleys and will be joined by the Lakeshore Singers for the “Hallelujah Chorus.” The community band is directed by Jennifer Massey and David Kopetsky. The Lakeshore Singers, accompanied by Michael Swedberg […]

  • Choir Performs Holiday Favorites

    Singing in concert for the first time since December 2019, the Peninsula Singers have prepared a musical evening of winter and holiday choral favorites called Behold That Star! It will be performed Dec. 3, 7 pm, when Janet Anderson and Mary Hall will co-direct a varied program of musical styles ranging from contemporary to gospel […]

  • Peninsula Symphonic Band’s Holiday Concert

    The Peninsula Symphonic Band will toast the season Dec. 8, 7 pm, when the 60-plus-member group will perform spirited holiday works, including an audience sing-along, under the direction of Jason Palmer. The performance will also include two selections by the Swingin’ Door Big Band. The symphonic band’s program will include Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” and […]

  • Jon Mueller Puts Percussion in the Spotlight

    Percussion instruments are often relegated to the background, where they provide support for other instruments in a band or orchestra, but according to Sturgeon Bay musician Jon Mueller, they shouldn’t be.  “It’s a much larger instrument than that,” he said. “The aim, for me, is to try to work with drums in a way that […]

  • Door to Culture: The roots of DCA’s Passport Programs

    Door County definitely felt more quiet and secluded in 1982. Let’s be real: No internet. A lot fewer tourists and seasonal workers. No Door Community Auditorium to bring performers from around the world to this rural peninsula of Wisconsin.  So, a group of parents – the Emersons, Birminghams and Guenzels, to name a few – […]

  • “Home for the Holidays” at Northern Sky

    Northern Sky Theater will present its perennially popular Home for the Holidays Dec. 27-31. This year’s show features Jeff Herbst and Katie Dahl, who will reprise their popular offering, The Jeff & Katie Show. The two will be singing and slinging their signature blend of music, banter, bakery and delightful holiday humor. They will also […]

  • Christmas Concerts at Birch Creek

    The Birch Creek Music Performance Center will present two Christmas at Birch Creek concerts Dec. 3 in its Juniper Hall, each featuring a guest appearance by the Sevastopol Choral Ensemble, directed by Trent Larson. The first is a family concert at 2:30 pm, when faculty from the Symphony and the Percussion, Steel Pan and World […]

  • 30 Years of Peninsula Symphonic Band

    The Peninsula Symphonic Band recently received the work it had commissioned in honor of its 30th anniversary and the one that will receive its world premiere Nov. 10 as part of the band’s annual Veteran’s Day concert. Renowned composer Randall Standridge wrote the approximately seven-minute piece, titled “Homeward Shores,” which evokes a lighthouse at dawn, […]

  • Ptack to Depart as PMF CEO

    Christoph Ptack announced that he will depart as president and CEO of the Peninsula Music Festival (PMF) to be closer to senior members of his family. Ptack’s work in the PMF office will conclude Oct. 28, but he will continue with the organization in a consulting capacity during the search for his successor.

  • Rock Death’s Door Brings Southern Twang Way Up North

    Once peak tourist season is over in the fall, Washington Island gets pretty quiet, according to Washington Island Campground co-owner Kayla Stults. But Sept. 23-24, a new music festival – Rock Death’s Door – will break the silence at the campground. The weekend country-and-rock festival will be the first of its kind on Washington Island, with […]

  • Culture Club: The Final Bow

    Birch Creek symphony orchestra conductor rests his baton after 28 seasons  by LAURA SMITHMarketing Manager, Birch Creek Music Performance Center Sitting outside Birch Creek’s Dutton Concert Barn on a sunny, summer day, Brian Groner revealed that he didn’t think he would want to become a conductor.   “Because it’s a vain profession for people with […]