American music featured during Bayfield concert series
“Summer (Mostly) Thursdays” — a series of free concerts — offers a broad range of music in a variety of settings around Bayfield performed by musicians from the Chequamagon Bay area and beyond.
The series continues at 5 p.m. Thursday at Le Chateau Boutin, 7 Rice Ave.
In honor of Independence Day, Kathleen Otterson, a mezzo soprano, Betty Braunstein, flute, and Samuel Black, piano perform an array of raucous, sublime, humorous, sentimental and surprising pieces by American composers exploring vocal, instrumental and emotional interdependence.
Featured is music by Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, Peter Schickele, C.W. Cadman, Michael Davis, Andre Previn, Stephen Foster, Jennifer Higdon, Arthur Maud, John Phillip Sousa and Valentines by Paul Schoenfeld, Arnold Black and Lucas Foss.
Kathleen Otterson lives and works in Madison, but is happy to take her “show on the road” especially if it means a trip to the Chequamegon Bay area. No stranger to local audiences, Otterson appears frequently in Bayfield summer concerts and has sung at Stage North and Northland College. In Madison, she teaches voice and directs choirs at Edgewood College and is director of music at Christ Presbyterian Church. In addition, she maintains a busy voice studio in her home.
Betty Braunstein is a member of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and a chamber music recitalist. She has instructed flutists at Northland College and the University of Minnesota Duluth. Braunstein offers lessons in the Suzuki style to flutists as young as 4, and welcomes “taller” students of all abilities and ages to her flute studios in the Twin Ports area and to her home in Ashland. In addition, you can find her coaching adult musicians at the Woodland Chamber Music Workshop in Tofte, Minn. Her recording of Rick Sowash’s “Christmas Ceremony” with cellist Josh Aerie is now available on iTunes.
Samuel Black has lived in Lake County and St. Louis County in Minnesota since 1995. In 1996, he helped Heritage Days Committee in Two Harbors by booking the performance stage for 12 ‘acts’ during the festivals. From 1998 to present, he chartered the Northshore Chamber Society for sponsoring chamber music programs in Lake County with support from Minnesota grant funding. A professional pianist and conductor, Sam is music director at Duluth Congregational Church. He has been a regular part of Bayfield summer concerts since the summer of 2000.
The concert is sponsored in part by your donations, and grants from the Chequamegon Bay Arts Council and Wisconsin Arts Board. There is no admission charge, but donations are encouraged and gratefully accepted. Suggested donation is $10 per person.
A reception follows the concert. For more information, call 715-682-3272 or 715-779-5490, or visit www.