The Wisconsin-based Peninsula Music Festival’s annual February Fest will present “The Music of Jane Austen,” a program marking the 200th anniversary of the publication of Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. The concert—on February 17 at the Ephraim Moravian Church in Ephraim, Wisconsin—will feature music known and loved by Austen, including Beethoven, Clementi, Schubert, Pleyel, and Handel. Stephen Alltop, Peninsula’s associate conductor, will narrate the program and serve as pianist, performing with soprano and violinist Josefien Stoppelenburg. On the morning of the concert, Alltop and Stoppelenburg will also visit the nearby Gibraltar School to discuss Austen’s love of music with high-school English classes. Stoppelenburg, who is also a visual artist, has created a painting inspired by this concert, which will be auctioned off at the February 17 concert. The Peninsula Music Festival, celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, is a professional orchestra that presents nine concerts each August during its three-week festival in Door County, Wisconsin.
Posted February 15, 2012