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Peninsula Music Festival's 64 Season in Door County



64th Season of the Peninsula Music Festival Brings Surprises!


            When the 64th Season of the Peninsula Music Festival opens on Tuesday, August 2, audiences will be treated to some new and exciting concerts. Each year there is this expectation from the audience to create bigger and better concerts so this year, Maestro Yampolsky has decided to really switch it up with an accordion soloist, a double concerto, a concert comparing and contrasting the Vivaldi and Piazzolla Four Seasons and the world-renowned pianist Olga Kern.

            “I feel the pressure to continue to create programs that satisfy our long time loyal audience and still draw in new people. It is a challenge that I enjoy,” commented Music Director and Conductor Victor Yampolsky.

            The 64th season is diverse in its offerings and continues the tradition of introducing new young talent to the Festival audiences as well as bringing in big stars and audience favorites. It is also important to provide a variety of soloists. Everyone loves the piano concerts and there is a strong sampling of pianists including Boris Slutsky and Spencer Myer as well as Olga Kern. The Festival’s own amazing concert master, Igor Yuzefovich will be conductor and soloist for the Vivaldi and Piazzolla Four Seasons and the big surprise on the season, accordionist Alexander Sevastian, is sure to draw a new crowd to the Peninsula Music Festival.

            This year, the choral concert on August 13, will include a new chorus, the Madison Choral Project. Their twenty-four voices will join the PMF Chorus for a wonderful night of Mozart and Handel. A full program of great American music continues the Festival’s tradition of highlighting American composers on August 16 and Richard Prior’s Cello Concerto will make its PMF debut on August 4.

            Violinist Elena Urioste will return to the Festival for two concerts on August 18 and again on August 20 when she will be joined by cellist Nicholas Canellakis for the Brahms Concerto for Violin and Cello.

            “The diversity of this season is remarkable,” commented PMF Executive Director Sharon Grutzmacher. “I really don’t know how Maestro Yampolsky does it, but I enjoy working with him each year on creating these programs.”

            The 64th season of the Peninsula Music Festival will open on Tuesday, August 2 and run through Saturday, August 20. Concerts are held on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in the Door Community Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Nine-concert subscriptions are still available. Single tickets are also available for all concerts and start at $35. Children and students are just $10. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Peninsula Music Festival administrative office located at 10347 N. Water Street, Green Gables Shops, North Ephraim, by phone: 920-854-4060 or on line:




August 2 – 20, 2016

Victor Yampolsky, Music Director & Conductor


Tuesday, August 2, 2016                  Opening Night

                                                            Boris Slutsky, piano

Star Spangled Banner 

Schumann                               Manfred Overture, Op. 115  

Mozart                                  Piano Concerto No. 20, K. 466, d minor                               

Schumann                                Symphony No. 2, Op. 61, C Major


Thursday, August 4, 2016                The Princess of Cello

                                                            Denise Djokic, cello

Faure                                       Elegy for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 24
Richard Prior                           Cello Concerto                                                          

Sibelius                                    Symphony No. 1, Op. 31, e minor


Saturday, August 6, 2016                 Accordion Wizard

                                                            Alexander Sevastian, accordion

                                                            Benjamin Firer, emerging conductor*

Massenet                                Overture to Phèdre                                                                

Galliano                                   Accordion Concerto                                                               

Frank Ticheli                           Blue Shades                                                                            

Dvorak                                                Slavonic Dance, Op. 46, No. 2, e minor*                              

Weber                                      Invitation to the Dance                                                          

Weber                                      Konzerstück – Finale                                                 

Gridin                                      Gypsy Rhapsody                                                                  

Enesco                                     Romanian Rhapsody, Op. 11, No. 1, A Major


Tuesday, August 9, 2016                  Igor & His Strings

                                                           Igor Yuzefovich, violin

                                                            Lura Johnson, harpsichord

Vivaldi                                     The Four Seasons

Astor Piazzolla/Leonid Desyatnikov            The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires


Thursday, August 11, 2016             Memories from Moscow I

                                                            Olga Kern, piano

                                                            Gonzalo Farias, emerging conductor*

Glinka                                     Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila *  

Stravinsky                               Petrushka (1947 version)       

Rimsky-Korsakov                  The Golden Cockerel Suite – Intro & March

Rachmaninoff                          Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 18, c minor                                  

In Memory of Igor Markevich


Saturday, August 13, 2016               Mostly Mozart

Choral Program     

Mozart                                                Serenade No. 9, K. 320, D Major [Posthorn]            

Handel                                     My Heart is Inditing (Coronation Anthem 4)

Mozart                                                Mass, K. 317, C Major (Coronation)

Mozart                                                Ave verum corpus, K. 618


Tuesday, August 16, 2016                American Greats

                                                            Alain Trudel, conductor

                                    Spencer Myer, piano                                               

Barber                                     Music for a Scene from Shelly, Op. 7           

Barber                                     Symphony No. 1 in one movement, Op. 9               

Copland                                  The Tender Land: Suite                     

Bernstein                                 Symphony No. 2 (Age of Anxiety)


Thursday, August 18, 2016              Memories from Moscow II

                                                            Elena Urioste, violin

Prokofiev                                Classical Symphony, Op. 25 (Symphony No. 1)

Glazunov                                Violin Concerto, Op. 82, a minor      

Tchaikovsky                           Symphony No. 6, Op. 74, b minor


Saturday, August 20, 2016              Festival Finale

                                                            Elena Urioste, violin

                                                            Nicholas Canellakis, cello

                                                            Hsuan Yu Lee, emerging conductor*

Brahms                                    Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80*

Brahms                                    Concerto for Violin and Cello, Op. 102, a minor                               

Brahms                                    Symphony No. 2, Op. 23, D Major


  • Victor Yampolsky is the Conductor unless specified otherwise. Pieces with an * will be conducted by the Emerging Conductor Candidate.
  • Concerts are held in the Door Community Auditorium, Fish Creek and start at 7:30 p.m.
  • The Peninsula Music Festival Ticket/Administrative Offices are located in North Ephraim: 10347 N. Water St. (Hwy. 42) Green Gables Shops. TICKETS ARE SOLD THROUGH THE PMF OFFICE ONLY.
  • Programs, dates, times, locations and artists are subject to change. There are no exchanges or refunds on ticket purchase.
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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 340, Ephraim, WI 54211

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