Beethoven and Banjos music festival tours UP

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KINGSFORD, Mich. (WLUC) - The Beethoven and Banjos fifth annual music festival is taking place throughout the Upper Peninsula.

The Beethoven and Banjos fifth annual music festival uses different instruments to play folk and classical music. (WLUC Photo)

Two musical styles, folk and classical have been combined to bring one performance.

Brother and sister, Evan and Laurel Premo grew up in the Upper Peninsula making music together and are back.

"I grew up making music here, and to be here combining my two musical loves, classical music and folk music is always such a joy,” said Beethoven and Banjos Artistic Director Evan Premo.

Laurel Premo performed music from her new instrumental album, "The Iron Trios." This work is traditional and new fiddle music. Evan Premo presented his song cycle "Songs from a Mountain Recluse" for many instruments.

The two also collaborate while playing.

"Our music kind of talks to each other in an interesting way. That's been a real pleasure putting this program together and looking for those intersection points,” said Evan Premo.

The duo brought some of their musical friends to play for Kingsford High School students on Wednesday.

The Kingsford Band Director, Ben Sherek said this show teaches the kids the entire process of music.

"This really shows them what are the possibilities in music, and I think it turns on a light bub that they just didn't get before,” he said.

He said this is a great opportunity for the public to see something new.

"It's very interesting to watch instruments that you would not usually associate with each other, play together,” said Sherk.

This music also created companionship.

"Music brings us together as performers, especially when we're bringing together different genres of music and music brings us together as communities when we all come together and sit to hear a live concert. That's the way that we can make the world a better place,” said Evan Premo.

Anyone can experience this music at one of the three concerts.

One is at Besse Center Theatre, at Bay College in Escanaba on Thursday, October 3 at 7:30 pm ET. There will be a performance at Reynolds Recital Hall on Northern Michigan University’s campus in Marquette on Saturday, October 5 at 7:30 pm ET. The last will be at Crystal Theatre in Crystal Falls on Sunday, October 6 at 2:00 pm CT.

“Come as you are and pay what you can" is for the Marquette and Crystal Falls venues.

Besse Theatre in Escanaba will have tickets online and at the door.

For more information about the 2019 musicians and the concerts visit or

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