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A presentation of the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association: Baroque on Beaver.
Concerts this summer include an outdoor performance under the stars. Entering its 13th season, Baroque on Beaver, stands as one of the “Up North” region’s unique events – a classical music festival on historic Beaver Island, featuring a professional Festival Orchestra and Chamber Chorale, guest soloists and a large Festival Chorus.
In the summer of 2014, Music Director Robert Nordling returns to conduct the Beaver Island Festival Orchestra and showcase several highly accomplished artists. This year the Festival Chorus is under the leadership of Interim Director Peter Sims, who is making his debut. Special guest vocal soloists include Metropolitan Opera favorites Martha Guth and Ricardo Lugo.
Another Festival first for 2014 is a special program marking the 200th anniversary celebration of our nation’s national anthem featuring a large orchestra, all-American music performed under the stars. This bicentennial extravaganza is held on the open space adjacent to the historic Whiskey Point lighthouse, which is located at the entrance of Paradise Bay. A large tent covers the orchestra, chorus and part of the audience with plenty of space for lawn chairs and blankets. “Music for a Star Spangled Evening” features little known versions of our National Anthem and works by other American composers, including works by Aaron Copeland, Irving Berlin, Rogers & Hammerstein, Joplin and Sousa. There are pre-concert remarks by Special guest, Dr. Mark Clague, UM musicology Professor and member of The Star Spangled Music Foundation.
Another hallmark of the Festival has been gratis admission, although freewill offerings are encouraged and gratefully received.
Image courtesy www.beaverisland.org.
Beaver Island, The Emerald Isle, is located in Lake Michigan, northwest of Charlevoix. Get there by ferry or plane from Charlevoix.