PMF’s “Rhapsody in Blue” Features Jonathan Overby Narration

Jonathan Overby

Jonathan Overby will narrate Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” with the Peninsula Music Festival on Aug. 11 at 6:30 pm. The concert entitled “Rhapsody in Blue” features the music of Aaron Copland and Ira Gershwin and takes place at the Door Community Auditorium.

In addition to “Lincoln Portrait,” the concert will also include Copland’s full orchestral version of “Appalachian Spring: Suite” as well as Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” and “Rhapsody in Blue.” Orli Shaham will be the pianist for “Rhapsody in Blue.”

This concert is sponsored by OC & Pat Boldt. Tickets range from $30 to $60 for the general public and $10 for students and children.

Overby, lyric baritone, conductor, ethnomusicologist, radio host and producer, 
holds a doctorate in Administrative Leadership in Higher Education from Edgewood College, Madison. His dissertation examined the potential power of world music to bridge diverse cultures. Overby is the creator, host and executive producer of Wisconsin Public Radio’s Higher Ground with Jonathan Overby featuring World Music with African Roots and More, now in its 18th year.

Shaham returns for her sixth appearance with the Festival Orchestra. In addition to her solo turn on Aug. 11, Shaham will also solo on August 14 at 8 pm in “All Mozart, All the Time.”

The 60th season of the Peninsula Music Festival runs through Aug. 25 with a different concert every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Concerts are held in the Door Community Auditorium. Season highlights include Beethoven’s Choral Symphony, violinist Henning Kraggerud, pianist Anton Nel and violinist Hilary Hahn.

For tickets, stop by the box office at 3045 Cedar Street in Ephraim, visit or call 920.854.4060.