We’re doing it again! In 2018, the Green Lake Festival of Music will not charge for concert tickets! Our world-class performances are far from free, so we ask people to give what they can. At the same time, we’re immensely grateful to generous concert sponsors and donors at all levels and celebrate them throughout the season.
We’re adding a new choral program, open to all singers. Dr. John Hughes, Ripon College Choral Conductor, will direct The Composer Residency, June 21 to 24, featuring composer and pianist Ola Gjeilo. He will be in residence with us along with the award-winning Spektral Quartet. Thanks to our generous sponsor, Justus Paul, this inaugural year will be free to participants. Rehearsals are at night and all day Saturday, so those with daytime employment can sing with the choir. If you’d like to be part of the choir, please register using contact information below.
Internationally performing pianist Andrew Armstrong will perform a matinee recital for seniors at the Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake on Wednesday, June 13 at 2:00 p.m. (following lunch at Heidel House Resort), and a full recital on Thursday, June 14, at Thrasher Opera House at 7:30 p.m.
The Thomas E. Caestecker Free Family Concert Series enters its second decade! Philanthropist Tom Caestecker recently endowed this wonderful program with a generous gift to the Legacy Fund so we can continue to bring outstanding music to future children and families. Look for these free concerts in June, July, and August, and feel free to let Mr. Caestecker know how grateful we all are for his vision and generosity.
Boston Barn Concert. Hear the brilliant Chamber Music Camp students perform the Circle of Sound on Saturday, July 7, during their two-week program. Barn seating is limited, so please reserve a free ticket online or call.
The Wisconsin Symphonic Winds return on Saturday, June 30, for an outdoor concert on Ripon College’s green outside Harwood Memorial Union. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, enjoy a picnic supper (food available for purchase at the green), and hop on the golf cart to ride from the parking lots to the site.
The Choral Institute, July 19 to 22, directed by Dr. Stephen Alltop, celebrates Leonard Bernstein, whose 100th anniversary is being recognized throughout the world. The very popular Cabaret night Friday, July 20, features vocal soloists in arias and Broadway songs, and we close with the grand chorus and orchestra concert on Sunday, July 22.
Laura Deming is festival director for Green Lake Festival of Music.