Director Stephen Colburn has invited some new faces to perform during this year’s Music Festival. Horn player Mary Gingrich, flutist Madelene Campos, and pianist Teresa Drews are joining the Island’s ... [more]
Perhaps because of its very remoteness, and thus a lack of the usual distractions, Washington Island is rife with both musicians and musical events. Musicians like Dan Hansen, Julian Hagen, Peter Nehlsen, Laura Findlay Hagen — in fact, the entire Hagen clan — fill the Island’s small performance spaces with song. Come to the Island and hear them out, at Fiddler’s Green (an ‘authentic’ Irish pub), the Red Barn (the grand-daddy of Island venues), and Trueblood Performing Arts Center (a state-of-the-art facility). Finally, if you can, visit the Island in August, when the Island Music Festival occurs, two weeks of world-class music led by Artistic Director Stephen Colburn, principal oboist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
“Northern Lights” is a Julian Hagen song that has been unofficially adopted as Washington Island’s theme song. In the accompanying video he performs the song with Peter Nehlsen on bass and vocals, ... [more]