Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Midsummer’s Music Celebrates 20 Years with Joint Benefit Gala

We just received this press release.

For Immediate Release

Midsummer’s Music Celebrates 20 Years with Joint Benefit Gala

Sister Bay, WI (August 6, 2010) – Midsummer’s Music Festival is marking its 20th anniversary with a benefit gala on Monday, September 6, at 3 p.m. at Birch Creek Music Center in Egg Harbor. Proceeds from the joint benefit gala support the festival and also the Ridges Sanctuary and HELP of Door County, Inc.

Guests will be treated to an evening of exquisite classical/chamber music. Internationally renowned pianist Craig Terry returns to Door County to join the ensemble. The works featured at this evening’s “Celebration!” concert were selections from the most splendid performances over the years. Among the most notable pieces is Café Music, a riotously energetic and infectious mixture of pop, jazz, and other styles that is perhaps the most requested works in Midsummer’s history. Also among the selections is Lowell Liebermann’s Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet, a romantically inspired virtuoso composition that features solo violinist Isabella Lippi and pianist Craig Terry. Lippi is concertmaster of the Elgin Symphony orchestra in Illinois and has appeared numerous times with that orchestra as soloist. Internationally-acclaimed pianist Craig Terry has performed with some of the world’s leading singers and instrumentalists. Terry is currently in his fifth season as assistant conductor at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Rounding out this program entitled is Robert Schumann’s romantic masterpiece, his Quintet for Piano and Strings.

In addition to the magnificent music, the event includes cocktails and a buffet dinner. The menu features chicken satay, tenderloin of beef and pot stickers. The food is provided by Alexander’s of Fish Creek and will be served al fresco. Attire is Door County Casual. Wisconsin Public Radio host Anders Yocom will be the Master of Ceremonies. The music will be performed in Birch Creek’s acoustically-rich Juniper Hall.

The event is co-chaired by Barbara Gould, Martin and Alice Krebs, Roy and Charlotte Lukes, Mike and Jeanne Schmitz, Cynthia Stiehl, and John C. and Judith A. Turner.

“We are delighted to mark this important anniversary for Midsummer’s Music Festival,” said event co-chair Alice Krebs. “We feel that partnering with Ridges Sanctuary and HELP of Door County is a great way to raise awareness of three wonderful Door County organizations.”

Tickets are $85. For more information, please call 920-854-7088 or visit


Celebration! – Concert Details

Concerto, Opus 28, Lowell Liebermann (1961 -)
     Violin, Piano, and String Quartet

Café Music, Paul Schoenfield (1947 -)
     Violin, cello, and piano

Quintet in E-flat, Opus 44, Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
     Piano and Strings

Craig Terry, piano; David Perry, violin; Isabella Lippi, violin; Stephanie Preucil, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; Walter Preucil, cello

Midsummer’s Music Festival

Midsummer’s Music Festival is Wisconsin’s premiere chamber music ensemble. The group is made up of world-class musicians from organizations such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Pro Arte Quartet, Aspen Music Festival, and artist faculty from major universities. Midsummer's Music Festival was co-founded in 1990 by Jim and Jean Berkenstock, long-time Door County summer residents and principal orchestral players with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The series offers chamber music for winds, strings, and piano in varying combinations from solo to nine instruments or more.

HELP of Door County, Inc.

The mission of HELP of Door County, Inc. is to eliminate domestic abuse through prevention and intervention services and to advocate for social change. HELP desires to shape a community that is free from domestic abuse; ▪ recognizes the rights and uniqueness of each person; ▪ provides equality of opportunity to all people.

The Ridges Sanctuary

The mission of The Ridges Sanctuary is to protect the Sanctuary and inspire stewardship of natural areas through programs of education, outreach and research. The Ridges Sanctuary, Wisconsin’s oldest member-based nature preserve, celebrates over 72 years of connecting the Door County community with nature! Founded by pioneers in Wisconsin’s conservation movement, the 1600-acre wildflower preserve is a Door County treasure, harboring one of the largest concentrations of rare plants in the Midwest.


Carolyn Jacobs

Big Splash Public Relations

3352 N. Schultz Drive

Lansing, IL 60438

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