2017 Season

The Beethoven Project (Bergonzi String Quartet)

A collaborative multi-genre play for two actors (Julie Tabash Kelsheimer and Mark Wilcox) and the Bergonzi String Quartet (Scott Flavin, Ross Harbaugh, Chauncey Patterson, Evija Ozolins) about the life of Ludwig van Beethoven, including excerpts from Beethoven’s string quartets. 

The Beethoven Project was performed at the following venues:

Wednesday, June 21 (Forest Roberts Theatre – Marquette, MI)

Friday, June 23 (Iron Mountain High School Auditorium – Iron Mountain, MI)

Saturday, June 24 (Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts – Houghton, MI)

The Bergonzi String Quartet (quartet only) also presented free children’s concerts at the following venues:

Wednesday, June 21 (Peter White Public Library – Marquette, MI)

Friday, June 23 (Dickinson County Library – Iron Mountain, MI)

Saturday, June 24 (Portage Lake Library – Houghton, MI)

Lake Effect Quintet

With an unusual instrumentation of guitar, tuba/trombone, fiddle, bass, and drums, this quintet (Mike Irish, Mike Christianson, Dan Komarzec, Glenn Basham, Tom Christianson) performed classics from the jazz, Latin, funk, swing, rock, and folk genres. 

The Lake Effect Quintet performed at the following venue:

Friday, June 30 (Orpheum Theatre – Hancock, MI)

The Lake Effect Quintet also presented free children’s concerts at the following venues:

Thursday, June 29 (Dickinson County Library – Iron Mountain, MI)

Saturday, July 1 (Peter White Public Library – Marquette, MI)

Opera Scenes

Three award-winning opera singers (Julie Tabash Kelsheimer, Kelsey Park, Bille Bruley) joined pianist, Susie Byykonen, in a “Night at the Opera” with excerpts by Rossini, Puccini, Handel, Bizet, and Donizetti. 

Opera Scenes was performed at the following venues:

Friday, June 16 (Reynolds Hall – Marquette, MI)

Saturday, June 17 (Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts – Houghton, MI)

Sunday, June 18 (Iron Mountain – Iron Mountain, MI)

Joshua Davis

Nationally renowned guitarist singer-songwriter Joshua Davis—finalist on NBC’s The Voice—brought his Joshua Davis Trio to the festival to perform original folk, soul, blues, funk, and rock-n-roll music. 

Joshua Davis performed at the following venues:

Thursday, June 22 (Braumart Theatre – Iron Mountain, MI)

Friday, June 23 (Orpheum Theatre – Hancock, MI)

Saturday, June 24 (The Ore Dock – Marquette, MI) *two performances

UPstarts

Young Yooper musicians Maggie Wang (soprano & piano), Ricky Vermeulen (viola), PJ Uhazie (baritone), and Catherine Nevala (flute) joined pianist, Susie Byykkonen, in a recital of classical and opera music.

UPstarts performed at the following venues:

Wednesday, June 28 (Reynolds Hall – Marquette, MI)

Friday, June 30 (Immaculate Conception Church – Iron Mountain, MI)

Saturday, July 1 (Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts – Houghton, MI)