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Midsummer’s Music Presents Early July Concerts

Door County’s Midsummer’s Music presents three programs in five concerts in the first weeks of July.

The Indomitable Spirits program features three female composers who lived between 1804 and 1944. Those composers are Melanie “Mel” Bonis, Louise Farrenc and Amy Cheney Beach. The program plays July 7, 7 pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and July 8, 2 pm at The Clearing Folk School. The Indomitable Spirits program will be done in conjunction with the Women’s Fund of Door County, and actors from the community will portray the three composers.

Midsummer’s Music explores unusual instrumentation in the Ethereal Sounds program. Antonín Dvořák’s “Bagatelles, Op. 47,” includes the unique tones of a harmonium with two violins and cello. “Adagio and Rondo in C Major, K. 617,” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart unites the sound of the harmonium (subbing for a glass harmonica) with flute, oboe, viola and cello. Rounding out the program are Dvořák’s “String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 9,” and Michael Haydn’s “Quartet in C Major, P.115.” This concert is July 9, 7 pm at a home concert in Sturgeon Bay.

The fifth program of the 2017 festival season is Danish, Russian, French Airs and includes pieces by Johan Amberg, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Gabriel Fauré. The program plays on July 12, 7 pm at Prince of Peace Church in Sturgeon Bay and July 14, 7 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. The July 14 concert is a Bastille Day celebration in honor of the two French composers in this program.

Tickets to most concerts are $29 for adults, $10 for students, and free for youth 12 and under. For the salon/home concert on July 9, tickets are $60 for adults and $20 for students. Tickets are available at the door, by calling 920.854.7088 or visiting midsummersmusic.com.

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