VIDEO: Classical Music in the Boathouse on Rock Island

In the summer of 2011, Midsummer’s Music Festival returned to the Boathouse on Rock Island for their 2nd annual chamber music concert, a very popular event that rapidly sold out.

I was fortunate to be aboard the ship in 2010 and had a chance to film the entire event. It was also my privilege to know in advance that Jean Berkenstock would open the evening with a surprise solo flute performance delivered from a spot high up in the rafters of the colossal stone Boathouse on Rock Island. It was a spooky opening, perfect for the great collection of intimate ensemble pieces to follow.

In 1910 wealthy inventor Chester Thordarson purchased 775 acres of Rock Island. A decade later, 30 acres on the southwest side of the island were cleared and Thordarson began construction of a summer estate. His large boathouse is decorated with characters from the Norse Runic alphabet.

The following video features individual performances by Midsummer’s Music Festival co-founder Jean Berkenstock and Door County’s favorite folk musician Gerhard Berhhard.

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