The Midsummer’s Music 2017 Festival season concludes Labor Day weekend with two programs culminating in a provocative partnership with Door Shakespeare.
Sept. 3 is the final opportunity to catch the Northern Strings program, with three northern European composers. The program features “Sextet in E-Flat Major” is by Niels Gade, “Terzetto in C Major, Op. 74” by Antonín Dvořák and “Octet in A Major, Op. 3” by Johan Svendsen. Enjoy this concert at 3 pm at Prince of Peace Church in Sturgeon Bay.
The final program of the 2017 season is Eastern European Passion. Sergei Prokofiev, a Russian composer who emerged as one of the truly original musical voices of the twentieth century, wrote “Quintet in G Minor, Op. 39.” The “Quartet in D Minor, Op. 11” was composed by Pyotr Tchaikovsky specifically for a very successful concert he did to supplement his income from the Moscow Conservatory. Although most of Juliusz Zarębski’s works were for piano, his “Quintet in G Minor, Op. 34” for piano and strings is considered one of his very best pieces. See this concert Sept. 2, 3 pm at The Clearing.
On Sept. 4 at 3 pm, the joint Labor Day benefit with Door Shakespeare at Gordon Lodge is an exclusive double-bill that features the music from the Eastern European Passion program with performances by select Door Shakespeare actors who will introduce each piece. The event begins with a champagne toast to the two organizations, and former Door County Poet Laureate Estella Lauter will read a poem especially written for the occasion. A reception follows with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.
Tickets for the Sept. 2 & 3 concerts are $29 for adults, $10 for students, and free for children 12 and under. The Labor Day Benefit with Door Shakespeare is $95 for adults and $75 for students, and a portion of these tickets will be tax-deductible as donations to Midsummer’s Music and Door Shakespeare. Tickets can be ordered at midsummersmusic.com or by calling 920.854.7088.