Update: Baroque on Beaver 2020
Dear Baroque on Beaver Lovers,
On Beaver Island there are still patches of snow where the plows pushed it together. There is little ice in the harbor, so Mother Nature is showing all the normal signs of the coming of Spring. However, there is also something very serious in the air and that is Covid-19. I’m sure you are all sick of hearing about it. Though at this time we don't have the information we need to make important decisions about the 2020 Festival, please know the health and safety of our patrons, musicians, and staff is of the utmost importance to us. With that said, the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association has met, discussed the future, and decided WE WILL NOT CANCEL THE FESTIVAL at this time, but continue to evaluate the situation and make a determination when we have a better sense of what is going on.
Meanwhile, Festival Director Matthew Thomas, Music Director Robert Nordling, Choral Director Kevin Simons, Operations Director Allison Kistler, and Librarian Laura Schipper have all been hard at work to create a fantastic festival this year, and they will continue their efforts. As of now, we will move forward toward what we know will be another superb Baroque on Beaver Festival for 2020.
Thank you as always for your support and love for Beaver Island and Baroque on Beaver. We are truly blessed to have you as part of our community. Please keep yourself and your family safe, and fingers crossed that we will gather to celebrate great music and each other’s company this summer.
For the BICAA Board,
WEEKEND OF NEW DEAL-ERA ART AND MUSIC IN ANN ARBOR & DETROIT
APRIL 17 & 18, 2020
“All of our public programs, events, and tours are canceled through May 3. This includes the New Deal Art and Music Weekend that was scheduled for April 17 & 18 in the Detroit / Ann Arbor area. Full refunds are being offered. Given the rapidly changing nature of the outbreak, we are not announcing a new event date at this time. The safety of visitors, members, staff, and volunteers is our top priority, and we will continue to monitor new developments closely.
Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association (BICAA)
The Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association (BICAA) is a non-profit group of volunteers. As one of the “Up-North” region’s premier promoter of the arts, the BICAA seeks to use its expertise to:
- Serve the Beaver Island community by promoting and supporting the cultural arts
- Offer a broad range of high quality performing and visual arts programs and activities
- Develop and encourage enjoyment and participation in the arts by residents, students, and visitors
The Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association relies on the support of its patrons and friends, business and foundation partners, and government agencies and volunteers to meet its mission. In 2020 BICAA’s signature event, the Baroque on Beaver Festival, celebrates 19 years of bringing classical music to Beaver Island.
Beaver Island is the largest island in Lake Michigan and part of the Beaver Island archipelago and is known for sand beaches, scenic vistas, recreational anchorages, outdoor adventures, the arts, and laid-back and easy lifestyle.
Although small, Beaver Island has a rich and varied history. At one time it was the site of a unique Mormon kingdom. The end of the Mormon kingdom signaled the beginning of Irish settlement. Irish immigrants helped develop the island’s economy and shape the island's unique identity. Beaver’s geography has historically been of importance to Great Lakes mariners, for Beaver has an excellent harbor, which affords safe haven during storms.
Beaver Island is located 32 miles from the mainland port community of Charlevoix. Beaver is 13 miles long, 3 to 6 miles wide. Visitors to the island embark either by air or ferry from Charlevoix. For more about Beaver Island, visit our Beaver Island page.
BAROQUE ON BEAVER FESTIVAL
Baroque on Beaver is a joyful series of concerts offered each summer on Beaver Island, Michigan. Concerts include orchestral, choral, solo, and chamber ensemble, featuring professional performers. The performances focus on classical music, but you may hear jazz, popular, Broadway, spirituals, or whatever strikes the musicians’ fancy. “B-on-B” celebrates its 19th season in 2019 starting the last week of July into the first week of August.
View all the details and schedule at baroqueonbeaver.org