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Midsummer’s Music Festival Presents Trios and Quartet

Midsummer’s Music Festival presents two moving trios and a rousing piano quartet in four exciting concerts at beautiful locations from Egg Harbor to Ellison Bay.

Moritz Moszkowski’s Suite in G Minor, Op. 71, for two violins and piano is considered a brilliant tour de force and a sure audience pleaser. Contemporary composer Paul Schoenfield’s Trio on Chassidic Melodies for clarinet, violin and piano is an ingenious blend of artistic ensemble, instrumental virtuosity, and deliberately fragmented references to melodies that might well have been heard at various Hassidic courts in Europe. Well-known Richard Strauss’ Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 13, for piano, violin, viola and cello is a work on a big scale and structurally strong.

Performances are: Aug. 27, 7 pm, Björklunden; Aug. 28, 7 pm, Woodwalk Gallery; Sept. 3, 3 pm, The Clearing Folk School. Receptions follow each concert.

As part of an ongoing music/poetry collaboration with Write On, Door County, poet Ann Heyse will read a poem she wrote in response to the music being performed at the Aug. 27 concert. Attendees can take a copy of Heyse’s poem home with their program book.

At the Woodwalk Gallery concert, Door County artist Anita Winkler will present a piece she created based on Moszkowski’s Suite in G Minor. Winkler said she chose this piece as her inspiration because “the discord at the very beginning caught my attention.”

Tickets are $29 for adults and $10 for students. Youth 12 and under are free. Call 920.854.7088 or visit midsummersmusic.com for tickets.

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