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.

  • Juilliard Dream Comes True for Local Composer

    Composer and pianist Jacob Beranek of the Town of Egg Harbor will present an interactive lecture/recital titled “At the Piano with Jacob Beranek: A Journey through Classical Music from a Composer’s Perspective” on Aug. 11, 7 pm, at the Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. in Egg Harbor, to raise money for his tuition at New […]

  • Peninsula Symphonic Band to Perform July 29

    The Peninsula Symphonic Band ( will perform its only concert of the summer July 29, 7 pm, at Waterfront Park in Sister Bay. It will feature patriotic selections including Sousa marches and music honoring the military, plus pop and movie music. The music director is Jason Palmer, and community band of about 50 musicians – both […]

  • Yampolsky Named PMF Conductor Laureate

    Christoph Ptack, Peninsula Music Festival’s (PMF) president and CEO, has announced the appointment of Maestro Victor Yampolsky to the honorary post of conductor laureate of PMF’s Festival Orchestra.  “I am deeply moved and honored to receive such a prestigious acknowledgement from the board and leadership of the Peninsula Music Festival,” Yampolsky said. “The service PMF […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Takes Listeners on Musical Journey

    Midsummer’s Music will present two programs in six unforgettable concerts, July 16-25. Featured musicians include Heather Zinninger Yarmel, flute; David Perry and Ann Palen, violin; Allyson Fleck and Ria Hodgson, viola; Paula Kosower and James Waldo, cello; and Jeannie Yu, piano. The Respect and Revelation program will highlight music by Robert Schumann, Pedro (Pere) Tintorer […]

  • Composer Diversity Integral to Midsummer’s Music

    Midsummer’s Music ( is committed to accessibility and inclusivity in all aspects of its work and performances.  The upcoming Kreutzer Connotations program exemplifies this by presenting pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven; a successful African American composer, William Grant Still; and a thriving, modern-day composer, Will Healy. William Grant Still, who died in 1978, paved the […]

  • 42nd Door County Folk Festival Remains Virtual

    The Door County Folk Festival (DCFF) will be held virtually July 9-10 because virtual dancing is better than no dancing at all. The festival will showcase montages from past festivals. Find out more at Within Zoom, the DCFF will set up a virtual Ephraim Village Hall and a virtual Skyway Drive-In Theater where participants […]

  • Ptack Becomes PMF’s First President and CEO

    The Peninsula Music Festival (PMF, has announced plans for an organizational structuring of the 69-year-old institution following an internal review to update its governance model.  As a result, Christoph Ptack, PMF’s executive director since November 2018, will become its first president and CEO; and the officer seats of president and vice president will be […]

  • Kids From Wisconsin Coming to Egg Harbor

    The Kids From Wisconsin’s 2021 troupe will present Live! In Living Color on July 26, 6:30 pm, at the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center, 7840 Church St. in Egg Harbor. The Southern Door Community Auditorium is sponsoring the free show – the troupe’s first postpandemic production.  It runs about two hours, including a 15-minute intermission. The Kids From […]


    Midsummer’s Music is exploring music by three classical composers who struggled with creative crises that ultimately guided their composition styles: Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Baptist Vanhal and Sergei Lyapunov. The Creative Crisis program will be performed July 2, 7 pm, at the Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. in Egg Harbor; July 3, 7 pm, at […]

  • Finding Room to Grow: Auditorium presents plan for Fish Creek Grill property

    The future of the Fish Creek Grill is coming into focus. The restaurant that closed last fall after eight years recently opened as a bar with not so much a name as a description: Cash Only Noodle Bar, “serving up noodles and booze with nothing to lose,” under new owners Scott Schmitz and his wife, […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Begins Concerts, Coffee Talks

    Midsummer’s Music is planning a series of concerts that will spotlight English female composers Rebecca Clarke and Adela Maddison and one of their contemporaries, Hungarian composer Ernst von Dohnányi.  Featured musicians will include David Perry and Ann Palen, violin; Allyson Fleck, viola; James Waldo, cello; and John Goodwin, piano. This program, Crossing Borders, will be […]

  • A Summer of Free Music

    The summer of live music has just begun, and there are opportunities to take in a free concert all week long and all summer long. Here’s a roundup of the area municipalities that are offering concerts in their parks. Ephraim Go for the music, and stay for the sunset and views over the water every […]

  • Mighty Mouth Launches DCA’s Season

    The band will also honor “Digger” DeGroot during a gazebo-dedication ceremony Door County Auditorium (DCA) calls Mighty Mouth the “bluesy cousin of perennial peninsula favorite Big Mouth,” and the rhythm and blues band is getting ready to launch summer music at DCA on June 25, 8 pm, with special guests Woody Mankowski and Eli Mattson.  […]

  • Concerts at Birch Creek are Back

    Following the Birch Creek Music Performance Center’s June 17 opening-night concert on the newly created outdoor stage, the first week of concerts will continue with Passport to Percussion: A Musical Journey on June 18 and Wild Percussion: Nature in Music on June 19, 3 pm.  On June 24, the evening concert will toast Liam Teague, […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Ushers in Exciting Season

    This summer, Midsummer’s Music will present a season of live, in-person performances that will celebrate Beethoven at 250, take place in new and larger venues, and delight audiences with a combination of familiar and lesser-known composers. Featured musicians will include David Perry and Ann Palen, violin; Sally Chisholm and Allyson Fleck, viola; James Waldo, cello; […]

  • Celebrate 15 Years of the Steel Bridge Songfest Online

    Listen up before you tune in June 12 The Steel Bridge Creative Foundation has made Steel Bridge Songs Volumes 1-15 available for streaming and download on Spotify, Apple Music and all other digital platforms. More than 300 Steel Bridge songs, written at the Holiday Music Motel in Sturgeon Bay, are available to listen to ahead […]

  • Don’t Miss Virtual Door Kinetic Arts Festival

    The Door Kinetic Arts Festival (DKAF) is going virtual this season, so gather around your screens for a celebration of art, collaboration and cocktails.  Spoken-word poet and multimedia artist and creator Harold Green will make his second festival appearance, this time in a film of King in Continuum. It’s a vibrant, engaging performance that builds […]

  • Old Crow, Mavis Staples Coming to DCA

    Door Community Auditorium (DCA) has announced its 2021-22 30th anniversary Main Stage performance schedule, featuring a diverse array of performers that includes Mavis Staples, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Four Tops, The Wailers, Ballet Hispánico and more. After a season that was scuttled by COVID-19, the DCA board and staff are eager to light the […]

  • Northern Sky Announces Krause Scholarship Recipients

    The two 2021 recipients of the Northern Sky Theater Werner and Sue Krause Scholarship will each receive a $2,500 scholarship. It’s available to students who are pursuing a degree in theater or music performance and have participated in the performing arts throughout high school. Isabella Dippel, a graduate of Sturgeon Bay High School, is a […]

  • Anchor Dates and Routing Shows: The Logistics of Music Tours

    Door County has enjoyed performances by some phenomenal acts over the years, including the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Taj Mahal, Willie Nelson, Bobby McFerrin, Loretta Lynn, Ben Folds and many more memorable and well-known artists. The ability to book artists of such caliber and fame in a relatively small area – on a peninsula, no less – comes […]