Northern Michigan Events: From July 24-29 2012, Lake Michigan's Beaver Island will be awash with the sounds of the baroque period, classical melodies filling the air like a Viennese music hall. The Baroque on Beaver classical music festival is a week of the world's best classical music, visiting artists enjoying one of Lake Michigan's most beautiful islands, impromptu concerts held throughout the town and more. Began in July 2002 when a small group of musicians gathered in the log cabin chapel of St. James Episcopal Mission to preform Bach, the festival now includes more than sixty Michigan musicians performing as soloists, in small ensembles, a Chamber Chorale, the Festival Chorus and a full orchestra. The Festival Orchestra is conducted by Robert Nordling; Kevin Simons leads the Festival Chorus. All events except the Opening Gala are free, but contributions are appreciated.
A schedule of the week’s events follows; for more information, go to baroqueonbeaver.org.
The Choral Scholars, a professional vocal ensemble, and Fitah Rasendrahasina, young tenor from Madagascar.
Champagne dessert reception following the concert
Introduction to musical theater with hands- on activities and fun for children of all ages
Baroque on Beaver returns to CMU with a variety of chamber ensemble pieces presented by members of the orchestra
Thursday, July 26
Stravinsky’s thrilling mixed media piece “The Soldier’s Tale” with solo instruments and narrators, paired with “Pelleas and Melisande,” Faure’s beautiful setting of a tragic love triangle
Back by popular demand!
Program includes Vaughan Williams, Beethoven, Vivaldi and Schubert with soloists Fitah Rasendrahasina, tenor, and Elizabeth Bert, cello
“Meet the Artists” at Livingstone while enjoying music by the woodwind quintet
The full Festival Chorus and Orchestra celebrate our American musical heritage, with traditional folk pieces, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and Copland’s “Appalachian Spring”
Mendelssohn’s “Scottish Symphony,” the Irish Tune from County Derry and the traditional “ Gaelic Blessing” presented by the Festival Orchestra and Chorus