Midsummer Music’s ‘A Czech Life’

Midsummer’s Music Composer-in-Residence, Jacob Beranek, recently attended the Talis Festival and Academy as a Composition Fellow in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. There, he joined 15 other young Composition or Instrumental Fellows from around the world for two weeks of intensive study and performance.

This year, Beranek’s piece, Partita melodica, a three-movement work, features English horn, violin, viola, cello and double bass. The world premiere is Aug. 26 as part of Midsummer’s “A Czech Life” program at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. This program also features works by renowned Czech composers Antonín Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana, two heroes for Beranek because of his Czech heritage. The Swiss premiere featured the middle movement of the Midsummer’s piece, with different instrumentation: oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, and double bass.

Beranek hails from Oconomowoc, Wis., and has won many state, regional and national awards for his compositions. Currently he is studying music composition at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music in Nashville.

Tickets are available at or by calling 920.854.7088. Prices for the Aug. 26, 28 and 29 concerts are $29 for adults, $10 for students, and free for children 12 and younger. A salon concert in a private home in Sturgeon Bay is on Aug. 27, and tickets for this performance are $60 for adults and $20 for students.

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