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Crossing genres and traditions with the 2023 Beethoven and Banjos Music Festival

Beethoven and Banjos

Learn more about 2023's festival with Evan Premo and Clay Zeller-Townson

The annual cross-genre music festival, Beethoven and Banjos, is set to make its return to the Upper Peninsula in August of 2023.

This year's program invites the audience to participate in Sacred Harp singing. This communal tradition goes back centuries and collects American hymns. The program titled Holy Manna brings local, regional, and national musicians together for instrumental music and singing.

Kurt spoke with Evan Premo (Artistic Director and Founder of Beethoven and Banjos) and Clay Zeller-Townson (Bassoonist with early music band Ruckus) about their involvement with this year's festival:

A conversation with Evan Premo and Clay Zeller-Townson

Beethoven and Banjos' 2023 season:

Marquette (with members of Marquette Choral Society)
August 24, and August 25, 7:30 pm ET
Messiah Lutheran Church, 305 W. Magnetic St., Marquette, MI 49855

Hancock (with members of MTU Concert Choir)
August 26, 7:30 pm ET
Finnish American Heritage Center, 435 Quincy St., Hancock, MI 49930

Crystal Falls
August 27, 2:00 PM CT
Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp, 138 Fortune Lake Camp Rd, Crystal Falls, MI 49920

All concerts are "come as you are, pay what you can," with no ticket sales.

Find more information at beethovenandbanjos.com.

Kurt lives in Marquette with his family and can’t imagine living anywhere else. He loves music, games, running, being near water, and a fine cold brew coffee.
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