Nature and Music Focus of Seminars at Bjِrklunden

From Sunday, September 14, until Friday, September 19, Lawrence University’s Bjِrklunden is offering two seminars: “Mushrooms, Ferns, Lichens, and Mosses: The World of Non-flowering Plants” with Roy and Charlotte Lukes, and “Superconductors: the ‘Beat’ Generations” with James Grine. The seminars will take place at Bjِrklunden’s magnificent lodge, just south of Baileys Harbor.

In “Mushrooms, Ferns, Lichens, and Mosses: The World of Non-flowering Plants” participants will explore Door County’s wealth of wonderful habitats to find mushrooms and other spore-producing plants with Roy and Charlotte Lukes. The pair, who is leading their 14th seminar at Bjِrklunden and has a wealth of knowledge in the subject area, will introduce the students to this fascinating group of vegetation with the use of power point slide programs. Each day will include trips to find the plants in their natural habitats and learn field identification.

Participants in “Superconductors: The “Beat” Generations” will experience, through films and recordings, the ways great conductors work with their orchestras, and the unique ways they reveal “the message of the music.” James Grine, Emeritus Professor of Music, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and a well-known flutist, will provide expanded coverage, where appropriate, that includes philosophies and approaches to music-making as observed in conductor’s writings and quotations. A partial list of conductors observed includes: Wilhelm Furtwangler, Fritz Reiner, Carlos Kleiber, George Szell, Georg Solti, Leonard Bernstein, Bernard Haitink, Leonard Slatkin, and the newest sensation on the podium, Gustavo Dudamel

Since 1980, Lawrence University has sponsored a summer seminar series at Bjِrklunden, a pristine 425-acre estate on the shore of Lake Michigan. During the week, seminar participants may stay in a modern, magnificently enhanced, 37,000-square foot “lodge” that retains the estate’s Norwegian heritage or commute from the area.

Seminar classes meet weekday mornings and some evenings with remaining free time open for exploration of the area’s many cultural and recreational opportunities or simple relaxation at Bjِrklunden’s meadows, woods, and mile-long, unspoiled Lake Michigan shoreline. Each seminar includes meals prepared by Bjِrklunden’s own resident chef, one of Door County’s finest.

For more information call 920.839.2216, write to: Bjِrklunden Seminars, P O Box 10, Baileys Harbor, WI, 54202, or visit