Midsummer’s Music Announces June/July Season

Midsummer’s Music Festival will begin its 18th season on June 12 at Bjorklunden. The season includes 20 concerts that will take it through July 9, closing with a concert cruise to Washington Island.

“One of the changes we have made this year is to start a little later in June to allow more folks to fit us into their schedules,” said Kathleen Pearson, Executive Director of Midsummer’s Music. “That will take us past the Fourth of July for the first time,” she added.

The later dates plus an array of very attractive venues is designed to make the Midsummer’s concerts even more enticing this year, according to Pearson. “We have also created a number of concert pairs – two trips to Washington Island, two concerts each at Peninsula Art School, The Clearing, St. Joseph Retreat Center, and a new venue this summer, the Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor,” she said, adding, “we even have a special pair of restaurant concerts at T. Ashwell’s and The Bistro that can be purchased separately or as a discounted package.”

From a musical standpoint there is a strong emphasis on masterpieces by well-known composers mixed in with some undiscovered gems, a trademark of Midsummer’s Music programming.

“Every program has at least one very recognizable composer – names including Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Brahms,Vaughan Williams, Copland, Richard Strauss,” said Jim Berkenstock, Midsummer’s Music Artistic Director. “But, I think many in our audience will be absolutely delighted to also hear the passionately romantic Piano Quintet by Arthur Foote or the Serenade for Trumpet, Piano, and Strings by Alphonse Duvernoy, which features Chicago Symphony trumpet player, Tage Larsen.”

The climax of the June/July season involves concerts surrounding the Fourth of July that are meant to be particularly celebratory. Featured works included the Mendelssohn Octet for Strings, a similar work by Joachim Raff, and an energetic Serenade for winds and strings by Ernst Naumann. “This program has so much electricity in it we are calling it ‘Musical Fireworks’, and marks the first time we will have used eight string players in the same work,” said Berkenstock.

Most concerts are only $25 per adult (no charge for youth 17 and under) and include inviting receptions; however, home concerts, restaurant concerts, and the Washington Island cruises are priced higher.

“All concerts are great values, especially when you consider the caliber and professionalism of our outstanding musicians and the intimacy our venues provide,” said Pearson. Members of the Midsummer’s Music ensemble come from the ranks of the Chicago Symphony, Chicago’s Lyric Opera Orchestra, the Pro Arte String Quartet, and artist faculty from prestigious Midwestern universities.

For a complete schedule or to purchase tickets, call 920.854.7088 or visit