The Bay View Association, dedicated to enriching the human experience through a focus on the arts, education, religion, and recreation, kicks off their summer of concerts June 16 with “Free For All,” a collection which, like its name, invites anyone who wish to join in the celebration of music in the historic community this summer. A variety of pieces will be performed, many centered around a joyous welcome to summer.

Audiences will find themselves drawn in by vocal pieces “Ain’t-a That Good News” featuring Soprano Risa Renae Harman, performances by the Festival Choir and local chamber choir Noteable. Ludwa will later serenade the audience with his rendition of “Leningrad” by Billy Joel, a song about the cold war and friendships that transcend borders and national allegiances. Other showpieces in the set include “An American in Paris” with faculty clarinetist Spencer Prewitt and newcomer Hee-Kyung Juhn on piano.  The Bay View String Quartet will return to the stage with a lively work called “Skylife”. Audiences will also get a sneak peek at “Dueling Pianos Vol. II,” a faculty recital performed by Patterson-Robards Piano Duo on the following Wednesday, June 19. While no tickets are needed for Opening Night, tickets to the rest of the season are on sale to the public now at Details and more information at The in-person Box Office outside of Voorhies Hall opens June 17 and hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.- 12 noon, or purchase tickets one hour before ticketed events at the performance venue.

General questions should be directed to the Music Festival Office at 231.347.6225 or