Baroque on Beaver is a joyful series of concerts offered each summer on Beaver Island, Michigan. Concerts include orchestral, choral, solo, and chamber ensemble, featuring professional performers. The performances focus on classical music, but you may hear jazz, popular, Broadway, spirituals, or whatever strikes the musicians’ fancy. “B-on-B” celebrates its 15th season in 2016, running from July 29th through August 7th. "B-On-B" is the signature event of the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association. One of Baroque on Beaver’s hallmarks is its accessibility: there is no ticket charge to any concert except benefit performances. The festival does follow an island tradition and in lieu of ticketing festival attendees are invited to make a freewill donation at each performance.
Ensembles of the Baroque on Beaver Festival
The centerpiece of the festival, the Baroque on Beaver Festival Orchestra, is comprised of professional talent from orchestras all over Michigan, including Detroit Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, Midland Symphony and many more.
The Baroque on Beaver Festival Chorus is comprised of talented, volunteer choral singers who fill the ranks of this large chorus who perform with the Baroque on Beaver Festival Orchestra for the Saturday night concert.
The Baroque on Beaver Festival Chamber Chorale is a small chamber choir of professional singers from around the state of Michigan. This group sings with the Festival Orchestra and in their own afternoon concert.
Chamber music is presented by string quartets, woodwind quintets, brass ensembles and more. Chamber music features prominently throughout the week at the "B on B" festival
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Saturday, August 1, 2015, the music was in the air all day. Part 3: In the evening, "Music: A Matter of Life and Death," included music by/inspired by Benjamin Britten, Edward Elger's "Dream Children," Bach, Beethoven and ZOMBIES (Michael Daugherty's "Viola Zombie"). Our music director, Robert Nordling, gave the thumb's up to the concert performed at the Beaver Island Community School gym. ... See MoreSee Less
Saturday, August 1, 2015, the music was in the air all day. Part 2: Our first "Discovering the Orchestra: A Family Concert" was joyously and energetically shared with a younger audience trying out the instruments. ... See MoreSee Less
Saturday, August 1, 2015, the music was in the air all day. Part 1: The Donegal Bay Winds Quintet played amongst the artist's booths on the grounds of Livingstone Studio & a pop-up concert sprung up on the porch at Dalwhinnie Bakery & Deli. ... See MoreSee Less
TBT to Thursday, July 30, 2015, when the Beaver Island Brass Quintet took us to church by performing two concerts in one day at Holy Cross Catholic Church. The challenging evening concert, "New Wine, Old Wineskins", included Rounds & Dances by Jan Bach, Toccata e Due Canzone by Bohuslav Martinu and Brahms' Serenade No.2 in A, op. 16...and five sets of outstanding lips! ... See MoreSee Less