The Green Lake Festival is excited to be able to present live events again in 2021, having cancelled the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Festival, under the new leadership of Executive and Artistic Director Sam Handley, is taking every precaution, including social distancing, frequent hand washing, and either proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the previous 72 hours or proof of a vaccine in order for musicians to participate. Audiences will be smaller and distanced, with temperature checks and masks required for all performers and audience members.
Most of the artists scheduled to perform in 2020 graciously agreed to return for 2021, the 42nd season. There will be some familiar events along with some new names and faces.
Most concerts will again be free to attend, removing any economic barriers. The Festival relies on donations from their patrons, so audience members are asked to give what they’re able to. Many events will also be livestreamed to allow for smaller audiences.
The Chamber Music Institute has been changed for this year to include faculty members in residence. They will be rehearsing and performing two concerts, one at the historic Boston Barn and one in Demmer Recital Hall at Ripon College.
The Cabaret Gala will honor the Festival’s founder, Doug Morris, who passed away this past year. It will feature baritone Will Liverman, and will take place at the Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake.
The Caestecker Family Concerts will round out the season with the aforementioned Spektral Quartet at the Caestecker Public Library; the Third Wind Brass Quintet also performing at the Caestecker Public Library; and the Paul Dietrich Jazz Ensemble, an 18-piece band that will end the season at the Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake.
Deb MacKenzie is the administrator at Green Lake Festival of Music, and adjunct professor of piano at Ripon College.
• • • • • The Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society will open the season June 11 at the Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake.
• • • • • Concert pianist Chaeyoung Park, winner of the 2019 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, will be in full recital on June 15.
• • • • • The Composer Residency, featuring conductor John C. Hughes with composer Morten Lauridsen, will take place at Ripon College from June 24 to 27 and feature two world premieres.
• • • • • Additional featured performers will include acclaimed pianist Paula Fan, Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams, baritone Nicholas Miguel, and Grammy-winning soprano Sarah Brailey.
• • • • • The Spektral Quartet, named Chicagoans of the Year in 2018 by the Chicago Tribune, will perform June 30 at First Congregational Church in Ripon. They will also do engagement concerts the following day at the Caestecker Public Library in Green Lake and Evergreen Retirement Community in Oshkosh.
• • • • • Wisconsin Symphonic Winds will perform a program of patriotic music on July 4 on the Ripon College Commencement Lawn, featuring an outdoor barbeque.