What better way to celebrate summer than at the Green Lake Festival of Music Barn Concert on Saturday, July 23rd, at 7:30 p.m. at Jim and Jeannette Kreston’s century-old farm, W3320 State Road 23, Green Lake, WI — with Lynn Bult of Peppercorn Catering providing heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar at 6:30 p.m. The brilliant young brass trio, V3NTO, whose name is a play on the Italian word for wind, includes Jessica Jensen, trumpet, Anna Jacobson, French horn, and Skyler Johnson, trombone. In 2012, V3NTO received the Grand Prize in the Chicago Brass Festival Ensemble Competition. They enjoy interacting with the audience during their performance.
On Wednesday, July 27, the Thrasher Opera House will become a Cabaret for the night as the Green Lake Festival kicks off its four-day Choral Institute. Conductor and pianist Stephen Alltop will accompany soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg, mezzo-soprano Kelsey Park, tenor Ryan Townsend Strand, baritone Michael Hawes, and bass-baritone Warnell Berry in opera arias and Broadway show tunes. Michael Hawes, also a virtuoso trumpet player, will dazzle the audience with his rich voice and trumpet performance.
The Choral Institute draws singers from all over the country. Founded by former Ripon College Choral Conductor Douglas Morris, he invited legendary conductor Sir David Willcocks, who directed the Choral Institute from 1982 – 2002. This year’s Choral Institute is dedicated to Sir David and to organist John Scott, who both passed away last fall at ages 95 & 59. Special guests also include Calmus, the
a capella group from Leipzig, Germany who will perform on Friday, July 29th at Thrasher Opera House. The Finale Concert of the Choral Institute is Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m., with special guest Douglas Morris at the 7 p.m. pre-concert conversation, both at Rodman Center for the Arts, Ripon College, Union and Thorne Streets, Ripon, WI.
The Festival is funded in part by the Arts Midwest Touring Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional funding from the Wisconsin Arts Board, the Crane Group, and General Mills Foundations. Other funding comes from the Horicon Bank, Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, and private/corporate donations. Wisconsin Public Radio provides promotional support.
Please visit www.GreenLakeFestival.org for the calendar of events or to purchase tickets. Or call 920-748-9398, stop by ticket outlets, Horicon Bank in Green Lake and Ripon Drug (Ripon) or the Green Lake Festival of Music summer office in the Thrasher Opera House at 510 Mill St. in Green Lake. Use the left door off the parking lot; the reception area is down the hall. Tickets bought in advance will save the $5 surcharge added to a ticket bought at the concert.