The GHO Symphonic Band from Heide, Germany will visit Middleville from July 24 to July 28 as part of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp International Exchange Program, the eighth Blue Lake International Touring Exchange group sponsored by the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band since 2008.
The Band will present a performance on Wednesday, July 26, at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 5215 M-37 Highway, north of Middleville. An Ice Cream Social will follow the concert to greet the conductor and performers.
Dedicated to promoting peace and understanding through the universal language of the arts, the Blue Lake International Exchange Program began in 1969.
Since then, more than 15,000 high school musicians have been hosted in 900 European communities while nearly 10,000 members of European bands, orchestras, choirs and other groups have toured communities throughout the Midwest. //
The Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp operates each summer near Whitehall, Michigan. More than 5,500 talented young musicians, dancers, theatre and art students – mostly from Michigan and other mid-western states – are expected to attend Blue Lake this summer.
Some 1,500 students apply for the Blue Lake International Exchange Program each year. Three hundred and fifty are selected to participate in one of seven performing groups of the International European touring ensembles.
In return, nearly 10,000 members of 550 European bands, orchestras, choirs, dance and theatre groups have performed in communities throughout Michigan and the Midwest.
While touring the United States, more than 300 families in 35 Michigan communities have hosted members of eight European groups that have visited Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.
Photo: The GHO Symphonic Band, being led by Matthias Heidenrich, will perform in Middleville on July 26.