Michigan City hosting two family-friendly arts events
August 14, 2013 1:10PM
Fine arts blend beautifully with family-friendly at two events this week in Michigan City — the Michigan City Chamber Music Festival and the Lubeznik Center for the Arts Lakefront Art Festival.
“Around the World in Eight Days” is the theme of this year’s Michigan City Chamber Music Festival, an event that festival founders Nic Orbovich and Sunny Gardner-Orbovich do an impressive job of making accessible and family-friendly.
Accessible in that admission is free, with donations accepted, and accessible through the informative insights often offered regarding the music, composer and inspiration for the music, and through the free receptions with refreshments and opportunities to meet the musicians following each concert.
The festival is family friendly through the companion children’s programs offered the day before each concert. These educational and engaging programs present information about the music of the upcoming program, the composers and their life and times, and are designed to give children and attendees of all ages, a deeper appreciation of the music when attending the concerts.
Music evoking Hungary, Germany and Austria will be featured at the remaining two concerts held at the First Presbyterian Church, 121 W. 9th St.
“Thirsting for Hungary” is the title of Friday’s 7:30 p.m. concert featuring pieces by Bach, Strauss, von Dohnanyi, and festival violist Rudolf Haken.
Sunday’s 3 p.m. concert is called “Teutonic Titans, Germany and Austria” and features works by composers including Mozart, Mahler, Prokofiev and Brahms. Sunday’s concert will also feature the winners of the Harold A. Smith Youth Chamber Music Competition.
The children’s program for the Hungary concert will be presented this evening at 6 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, and dinner will be served. The children’s program for the Teutonic program will be on Saturday at noon at the Michigan City Public Library, at 4th and Franklin streets. These programs are also free.
The festival has two other opportunities for chamber music fans.
Listeners are invited to attend an open rehearsal today, Aug. 15, at noon at the Walnut Ink Gallery, 607 Franklin, and adult string players are invited to join in a “play-in.”
For information on playing, and for complete festival details go online to www.mccmf.org.
A great weather forecast and a super setting are bonuses at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts Lakefront Art Festival, this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Washington Park.
“This year’s fair will have over a hundred artists, a children’s activity tent, a demonstration tent and a tent with some very cool art by art students from Michiana Resources and the Social and Learning Institute,” said Janet Bloch, educational director at the Lubeznik Center.
“At the children’s tent there will be drawing horses set up with a free activity children can do — a wax-resist water color project. This has been popular with both the older and younger kids in the past,” according to Bloch.
She said that a young lady whose medium is duct tape will be at the demonstration tent on Saturday at 11 a.m. The Michiana Clowns will be on hand with face painting and balloon creations on Saturday from 1 to 3. On Sunday afternoon attendees of all ages can join artist Deborah Landry in a community art project that will later be on display on the Warren Building on Franklin Street through ArtSpace, a non-profit that works to turn buildings into living and working space for artists.
Admission to the Lakefront Art Festival is $4 with children under age 12 and active military admitted free. Free parking and shuttles will be available from the Chamber of Commerce, City Hall, Lighthouse Mall and the Lubeznik Center for the Arts.
I’d suggest parking at the Lubeznik Center, 101 W. Second St., and making time to see the art there.
“Right now the art center has some fantastic shows,” said Bloch. “Magical Realism is a mix of paintings, photography and sculpture that looks real but has a fantastical edge to it, like entering a fantasy world. Upstairs we have ‘The Documentation of Nature’ with two artists that use the collections of the Field Museum as a basis for their work. Both of these exhibits look at realism, but in different ways. I think families will enjoy both of these shows, plus the Magical Masks on display in the Community Gallery, and ‘Nesting Instincts’ in the conference room gallery.
“And we have a new scavenger hunt for kids, a program to engage young viewers. Pick up a sheet at the desk as you enter, and then as you go through the galleries the sheet will encourage you to look for things and think about different things you see. When you complete it, bring the sheet to the front and you’ll earn an Art Star medallion,” Bloch explained. “Come back to future shows and there will be new scavenger hunts and different colored, artist-crafted medallions.”