Arts and Music Combine in Free August Concert Series

Krasl Art Center (KAC) is thrilled to host musicians from the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra (SMSO) for a free outdoor concert series! Every Thursday in August at 4 PM, enjoy different musical selections inspired by opera, mythology, pop culture, storytelling, and collaboration. Bring a lawn chair and picnic basket to this sunny, free series held among beautiful artworks on Krasl Art Center’s campus. Donations are appreciated and support KAC and SMSO.

KAC’s benefactors, Olga & George Krasl, wanted to “make life more worthwhile.” The George Krasl Memorial Concert (GKMC) Fund is one more way their legacy continues to give back to our community.

The finale to this KAC’s SMSO Summer Pop-Up Garden Concerts is funded in part by the 2021 GKMC Fund and combines the visual and musical arts on Thursday, August 26 with the Martin Wind Duo. Kassia and Sam Martin’s program explores the connections between music and storytelling. They will play pieces inspired by stories, from mythology, opera, and movies – some of which will include narration along with the music. Pieces include Syrinx by Claude Debussy, The Pied Piper of Harlem by Adolphus Hailstork, and Story Hour by Philip Parker.

Leading up to the finale are the following performances:

Mark Portolese, violin; Jessie Bennett, violin; Sara Churchill, viola; and Brook Bennett, cello.
The program will include an afternoon of light classical music with “The Big Three” of classical composers; Mozart, Beethoven, and Haydn. The music will pick up and bring you to your feet with some dance music from Latin and South America.

Brandon LePage, flute; and Rachel Miller, harp.
Speaking of Latin music, this flute and harp duet will have you dancing all night long with Piazzola’s History of the Tango. This dance-themed program will be fun, inspiring, and get you moving!

Dan Price, trumpet; Renée Vogen, horn; and Corey Sansolo, trombone.
From Baroque to jazz, this brass trio has a large potpourri of music! Starting with the more traditional works of Corelli and Montiverdi, all the way through catchy tunes from Gershwin, there’s a little bit of everything for everyone!

Mark your calendars, you do not want to miss these spectacular collaborative and free community events!