Door County’s Midsummer’s Music Festival is implementing exciting innovations for its 2016 season, with an emphasis on radically appealing concerts.
For the first time in its 26-year history, Midsummer’s will create a sense of a home-base in 2016. The organization selected Björklunden in Baileys Harbor for eight key concerts. Midsummer’s Executive Director Mark Kunstman said, “Björklunden has always been a popular spot among our concertgoers. Its central location is equally accessible for people from Southern Door to the tip of the peninsula. We’re very excited to have an ‘anchor venue’ that’s so conveniently located.”
Midsummer’s is collaborating with poets from Write On, Door County to write a poem for each of the Björklunden concerts. The poets will create their works from music being performed during the Björklunden concerts.
Midsummer’s concerts at Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor are expanding to create a series of four special events. Attendees are invited to bring a picnic and arrive at the gallery before the performance. For two hours, people can enjoy their food and relax while exploring the newly landscaped gardens. At the beginning of each concert, a Woodwalk artist will introduce a piece that was created specifically for the concert, based on music being performed that night.
The entire concert season includes nine unique programs in 33 concerts spanning a seven-week period. As is Midsummer’s tradition, programming aims to incorporate a mix of well-known composers alongside others who are less familiar but justifiably worth knowing for an unforgettable, enjoyable experience. Receptions, often with wine and hors d’oeuvres, follow most concerts, where attendees can mingle with friends, as well as the musicians.
The 2016 season runs June 17 – July 23 and August 23 – September 5. For more complete information visit MidsummersMusic.com.