The summer of 2020 will bring with it another exciting season for the Green Lake Festival of Music. The Festival, coming off its historic 40th anniversary, will continue under the direction of Interim Executive and Artistic Director Maria Dietrich, who replaces Laura Deming, who retired after serving the Festival for the past five years. Maria brings vast experience to the Festival, having served as executive director of Thrasher Opera House.
This season will continue to offer a variety of classical musical performances. Andy Armstrong will once again return for the annual Chamber Music Camp. He brings a strong team of talented and professional faculty members to work with the students who come from all over the world.
The 2019 winner of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Chaeyoung Park, will give two performances and a masterclass in June. And for a more local faire, the Festival welcomes the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, the Wisconsin Symphonic Wind ensemble, and the Third Lake Brass Quintet. The Spektral Quartet will be part of the guest artists as well. The season will end with a Composer Residency, featuring composer Elaine Hagenberg and conductor John C. Hughes, head of the Music Department at Ripon College.
Performances will be at a variety of locations in the Ripon-Green Lake area, including Thrasher Opera House, the Boston Barn, Demmer Recital Hall, local libraries, and Ripon College Commencement Lawn, and will include a performance in Music Hall at the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh.
All performances are free to the general public, relying on donations from patrons. For more information and to see the full 2020 schedule, please visit greenlakefestival.org , or call (920) 748-9398.
Deb MacKenzie is the administrator at Green Lake Festival of Music, and Adjunct Professor of Piano at Ripon College.