For their 28th summer season, Midsummer’s Music brings nine unique programs in 37 concerts spanning a seven-week period. Midsummer’s Music programming incorporates a mix of well-known composers alongside others who are less familiar. Receptions, often with wine and hors d’oeuvres, follow most concerts, where attendees can mingle with friends and the musicians. The 2018 summer season runs June 15 – Aug. 4 and Aug. 26 – Sept. 3.
The Disparate Spirits program is the first of four programs to include music promoting the Door County Celebrate Water initiative.
The Million Dollar Quartet program is a classical music riff on “The Million Dollar Quartet” of 1956, when Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins gathered for an unforgettable evening at Sun Studios in Memphis. Midsummer’s Million Dollar Quartet features quartets by Franz Joseph Haydn, Mozart, Johann Vanhal, and Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf.
Three German/Austrian composers make up the From Homespun to Exotic program.
Performing a program on Bastille Day cries out for an all-French repertoire, with two well-known Parisian composers and two who are lesser known: Cecile Chaminade, Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Ravel and Charles-Valentin Alkan.
This year marks Johann Sebastian Bach’s 333 birthday, and there will be an all-Bach program to celebrate.
The Soul (Searching) Music program features three composers who constitute an unlikely trio: a black Englishman, a Swedish woman, and the great German composer Johannes Brahms. What they have in common is soulful music.
Works that are unmistakably infused with spirit, vitality, and raw energy dominate the Renewable Energy program.
Midsummer’s Music Composer-in-Residence and audience favorite, Jacob Beranek, returns for A Czech Life. His Quintet (2018) begins the program.
Midsummer’s 2018 summer season ends with Creative Aquifers, the fourth program promoting the Celebrate Water initiative.
Most concerts are $29 for adults, $10 for students and free for children 12 and younger. Premium prices apply toward salon/home concerts, dinner concerts and other special events. Subscriptions consisting of four concert tickets and flex-packs of six or eight tickets are available. For tickets or the complete concert schedule, visit midsummersmusic.com or call 920.854.7088.