Midsummer’s Music Festival Presents “From Light to Serious” and “Romantic Connections”

Midsummer’s Music Festival’s From Light to Serious and Romantic Connections programs, consisting of four concerts each, round out the end of the first part of the 2016 season.

Composers Hugo Wolf, Franz Danzi, Franz Schubert and Beethoven are featured in the From Light to Serious program. Wolf’s “Italian Serenade” in G Minor is reportedly based on an old Italian melody with a lively, optimistic manner. Midsummer’s Co-Founder Jean Berkenstock will be featured in the “Flute Quartet in D Minor, Op. 56, No. 2,” by Danzi. Franz Shubert’s “Quartettsatz in C Minor, D 703,” is interestingly the first movement of a string quartet that he never completed. Beethoven’s “String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95,” is one of the shortest and most compact of all of his quartets. Hear the concerts July 16 at Björklunden, July 17 at Woodwalk Gallery, and July 19 at a home concert in Sister Bay. Concerts begin at 7 pm.

Midsummer’s Romantic Connection program focuses on quintets from two composers: Thomas Dunhill and Robert Schumann. Dunhill composed the “Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 3,” in 1898 as the result of a competition for a cash prize. Noted for its extroverted, exuberant character, Schumann’s “Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 44,” is considered one of his finest compositions and a major work of nineteenth-century chamber music. Concerts are scheduled for: July 15, 7 pm at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship; July 20, 7 pm at Björklunden; July 23, 3 pm Prince of Peace Church.

Tickets for most performances are $29 for adults and $10 for students. Youth 12 and under are free. Home concerts are $60 for adults and $20 for students. Advanced reservations are required for home concerts. Woodwalk Gallery concerts are preceded by a time to bring a picnic starting at 5 pm. The season runs June 17 – July 23 and August 23 – September 5. For more information visit

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