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The Baroque on Beaver Music Festival is a joyous concert series offered each summer on Beaver Island, Michigan, with orchestral, choral, chamber and solo performances featuring professional musicians from Michigan and beyond. The Festival's focus is classical music, but you may hear jazz, popular, Broadway, folk and world music genres as well. “B-on-B” celebrates its 16th season in 2017, from July 28th through August 6th, and 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: In lieu of tickets concert-goers are asked to make a freewill donation at each performance.

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BAROQUE GALA BENEFIT CONCERT INFORMATION

Baroque on Beaver begins its 16th season with a unique weekend of benefit performances.

Friday July 29th, 7:30pm
The Bach & Beethoven Ensemble, a period-performance group, brings the British Isles to Beaver Island with a completely different look at Baroque-era culture and repertoire: drinking songs from the 1600s!

SPONSOR: E. J. Hodgson Enterprises


Saturday, July 30, 7:30pm
May Phang, a pianist with "technique to burn" and an "artist absolutely in charge of the narrative", returns to perform a solo recital on our newly-acquired Mason & Hamlin grand piano.
SPONSOR: William Hill Estate Winery



May Phang appears by arrangement with Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates - greatlakespaa.org

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Ensembles of the Baroque on Beaver Festival

The Festival Orchestra The centerpiece of the festival, it is comprised of professional talent from orchestras all over Michigan, including the Grand Rapids Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, Midland Symphony, Traverse Symphony and many more.


The Festival Chorus Talented volunteer singers fill the ranks of this large chorus which performs its own Vocal Recital and appears with the Baroque on Beaver Festival Orchestra for Saturday evening's concert.


Chamber ensembles feature prominently throughout the week at Baroque, with performances by string quartets, woodwind quintets, brass quintet and other mixed ensembles. 2017 will feature two full-length chamber concerts at the CMU Biological Station.

Beaver Island Ferry/Festival Day Trip Packages 2017: August 2 and 6

A TRUE ISLAND EXPERIENCE. Enjoy a wonderful summer adventure--a cruise on Lake Michigan; a guided tour of the remotest island settlement in Lake Michigan; and spend time listening to music that suits a variety of interests in a charming island setting. A highlight of your visit will be attending the 16th Annual Baroque on Beaver Festival of Classical Music, one of "Up-North's" unique treasures. Your day trip package includes a lunch, as well as time to explore the historic harbor district.
 
If you're looking for an island adventure in a succinct, affordable format, this is the trip for you.
 
What's included:
  • Round trip passage aboard a BIBCO Ferry from Charlevoix to Beaver Island and back. For a great overview of the Northern part of the Island., we recommend booking a morning van tour, which is 1 ½ hours, featuring historic commentary, photo ops, and main points of interest.
  • Map, Visitors Guide, and Festival Program
  • Lunch
  • Reserved seating at a Baroque in Beaver Festival performance
  • Boxed snack for your return trip
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On this summer solstice, we are reminded by Shakespeare in Sonnet 18 that "Summer's lease hath all too short a date".
Here, Felix Mendelssohn's sunny overture to "A Midsummer Night's Dream":Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture Op.21 Gewandhausorchester Leipzig Kurt Masur, Conductor Live at Gewandhaus, Leipzig Reupload ...
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On this Flag Day, the United States' official march, John Philip Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever":"The President's Own" United States Marine Band recorded John Philip Sousa's march "The Stars and Stripes Forever" on March, 3, 2009, in the John Philip Sous...
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On June 6, 1944, the Allied invasion at Normandy began.
Six months later, Béla Bartok's Concerto For Orchestra was premiered in Boston. Here, its 4th movement, the charming "Intermezzo Interrotto":Seiji Ozawa Boston Symphony Orchestra
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This week, on Memorial Day, we remember and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.
Here, from Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" (1962), is the Sanctus:

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus
Dominus Deus Sabaoth.
Pleni sunt cæli et terra gloria tua.
Hosanna in excelsis.
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.
Hosanna in excelsis.

Holy, Holy, Holy
Lord God of Hosts.
Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.The "Sanctus" and "Benedictus" from Britten's War Requiem. Royal Albert Hall, 1993. Soprano - Makvala Kasrashvili Conductor - Mstislav Rostropovich
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Today marks the 1974 passing of pianist Edward Kennedy ("Duke") Ellington, one of the 20th century's most important composers. Ellington rejected the label "jazz composer", as he believed all good music was "beyond category". His favorite composers were Debussy, Stravinsky, and Gershwin.
From May 4, 1940, here is Duke and his Famous Orchestra with "Cotton Tail", based upon Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm":Cotton Tail (Ellington) by Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra Ben Webster’s tenor sax highlights this Ellington rouser, recorded at the same May 4 sessi...
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This Wednesday's "What to Listen For" features May Phang. Ms Phang will appear on Beaver Island both in solo recital and with the Baroque On Beaver Festival Orchestra this season to perform Beethoven's 2nd Piano Concerto.

May Phang appears by arrangement with Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates: glpaa.orgyoutube.com
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Our 2017 Season (schedule below) will include a return engagement by The Choral Scholars on Friday August 4 in a performance of Handel's "Dixit Dominus". Here they are with "The Work of Christmas".November 2016 rehearsal recording of Dan Forrest's "The Work of Christmas". Lyrics by Howard Thurman.
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We are delighted to welcome composer Mara Gibson to this year's Festival! The Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association's first commissioned work, a world premiere, will be performed by the Festival Orchestra on Sunday August 6.
Here is "Lullaby" from Mara's album "Artifacts":Provided to YouTube by CDBaby Lullaby · Ya-Ting Liou · Blas Gonzalez Mara Gibson: Artifacts ℗ 2015 Mara Gibson Released on: 2015-05-21 Auto-generated by YouT...
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