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The Music &More Finale concert Friday evening was superb! A nearly full house of 293 people filled the pews at First Presbyterian Church and were entertained by Irish pianist/composer Martin O'Leary, straight from Dublin, who performed American premieres of six contemporary Irish pieces.

Singer and violinist Annli Nakayama received this year's Mearl.Mahl music scholarship. Checks for $1,800 each were presented to three community agencies -- Health Care Network, Racine Vocational Ministry, and Racine Habitat for Humanity. Pastor Gillian Weighton, just returned from Scotland, made those presentations with inspiring words about the importance of music to our common humanity. For 23 years, the "More" component of Music & More has meant giving back to the community in the form of grants to non-profit agencies to support those in need.

The second half of the evening belonged to Nick Barootian and three members of his vocal group, Belle Ensemble. They delighted the audience with light opera and Broadway show songs to a standing ovation. And topping off the evening, the Silent Art Auction of paintings donated by the estate of artist Gerald Winser raised more than $600 to benefit the Music & More program.

Bravo and thank you to everyone who made this such an exceptional season: sponsors, donors, concert attendees, M&M volunteers, and the 52 musicians and 2 performing groups who shared their musical gifts with us during the summer series!


Please join us on Friday, August 19, 2016 for our Season Finale Concert.

Concert begins at 7:00 p.m.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets are $10 at the door.

Silent auction of paintings donated by the estate of a local artist, Gerald Winser

Bid on paintings before the concert and during intermission.

Checks and cash accepted.

Featured Performers:

Pianist and composer Martin O'Leary from Dublin, Ireland will perform during the first half of the concert. His program offers a varied selection of music, from traditional Irish music to more contemporary. O'Leary compares it to a "tasting" of six different Irish composers.

The second half of the concert features Belle Ensemble vocalists: soprano Ami Bouterse, mezzo soprano Karen Archbold, baritone Nick Barootian, and tenor John Stumpff.

Proceeds from the ten noontime concert offerings will be divided between Health Care Network, Racine Vocational Ministry, Inc., and Racine Habitat for Humanity. The Mearl Mahl Youth Music Scholarship will be presented to a young musician.

Church is air-conditioned and handicap-accessible with elevator at parking lot door. No handicap access at Seventh Street door.

More information at Racine Journal Times, Out & About, Aug. 11 article written by Lee Roberts:

August 19 Program

Performer: Martin O’Leary, piano

See Program Notes

“3 Lullabies for Deirdre” (1989) John Buckley (b. 1951)

Aria 1 Kevin O’Connell (b. 1958)

Berceuse from “Measures and Inventions” (2015)

“The Agony of Trance of the Red Piano in Old Cambodia” Paul Hayes (b. 1951)

(2015-16) First Performance

“For Morton O’Leary” (2016) Ryan Molloy (b. 1983)

“Filigree” (2014) First Performance Martin O’Leary (b. 1963)

“Caoineadh Malachy McGeeney” (2015) Peter Moran (b. 1981)

Transcript 4 (2012)



Mearl Mahl Youth Music Scholarship Award

Health Care Network

Racine Habitat for Humanity

Racine Vocational Ministry

— 15 minute Intermission—


Performers: Belle Ensemble, vocal & piano

Ami Bouterse, Karen Archbold, John Stumpff, & Nick Barootian

See Handouts for Translations

“Cruda Sorte” from L’Italiana in Algeri Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868)

libretto by Angelo Anelli (1761-1820)

“Donna mie, la fate a tanti” from Così fan tutte W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)

libretto y Lorenzo da Ponte (1749-1838)

“Lonely House” from Street Scene Kurt Weill (1900-1950)

lyrics by Langston Hughes

“Giunse alfin…Deh vieni no tardar” from Le Nozze di Figaro Mozart

libretto by da Ponte

“The Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha Mitch Leigh (1928-2014)

lyrics by Joe Darion (1917-2001)

“Take Me to the World” from Evening Primrose Stephen Sondheim (b. 1930)

“Moments in the Wood” Sondheim

“This Is the Moment” Frank Wildhorn (b. 1959)

lyrics by Wildhorn, Steve Cuden, Leslie Bricusse

“Mir ist so wunderbar” from Fidelio Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

libretto by Joseph Sonnleithner (1766-1835)

Performer Bios:

MARTIN O’LEARY: born in Dublin, Ireland, Martin O’Leary began composing at the age of fourteen. He studied music at Trinity College and earned a PhD for an extended study of three orchestral works of the English composer, Havergal Brian. Since 1991 he has lectured at National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He became a full time member of staff in the Department of Music in 1993. He has written an extensive series of works covering most genres, and his compositions have been heard throughout Europe, Israel, and the USA. “Glory to His Name”, a CD of arrangements for a capella choir, was released in 2003. His more recent works include “Bluescape” (2007) for piano trio, written for the Fidelio Trio; two solo guitar works, “6 Preludes” (2005); “Fantasia Elegiaca” (2007); Blue Toccata” (2011), commissioned for the 2012 AXA Dublin International Piano Competition; “Avanti” (2012), written for the Muzika Piano Trio of Kenosha, Wisconsin; and “Luireach Phadraig” (2015), written for the Maynooth Chamber Choir and director Michael Dawson. Martin O’Leary performs regularly in solo repertoire and chamber works as a pianist, and has premiered works by John Buckley, John Casken, Rhona Clarke, John McLachlan, Peter Michael Hamel, Paul Hayes and Kevin O’Connell. He is a committee member of the Association of Irish Composers and a director of the Irish Composition Summer School.

AMI BOUTERSE has recently performed with Belle Ensemble, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Racine Symphony Orchestra, and the Racine Concert Band. At the University of Wisconsin- Parkside, Ami is an Associate Professor of Music where she teaches private voice, Opera Workshop, and the latest contemporary a cappella ensemble, Parkside Range. She received voice and opera theater performance degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Carnegie Mellon University, respectively. In addition, Ami earned Level III Certification in Jeanne LoVetri’s Somatic Voicework™, which featured contemporary commercial music vocal pedagogical technique at Shenandoah University. Ami also maintains the AB Voice Studio for children and adults at all levels. Visit

KAREN ARCHBOLD received first place in the 2016 Sinfonietta Bel Canto Voice Competition. She was a 2014 and 2015 finalist in the American Prize Competition Vocal Division and runner-up in the American Prize Chicago Music Theatre Award. She studied classical voice at the Hochschule fur Kunste in Bremen, Germany. She has appeared as Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw, Buttercup in HMS Pinafore, Abuela in La Vida Breve and Berthe in Barber of Seville. Karen’s solo appearances include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, John Rutter’s Magnificat, Lili Boulanger’s Psalm Profundis, the Verdi Requiem, and the Mahler Kindertotenlieder. She currently performs with the Belle Ensemble and with Duo Striata. She also gives weekly concerts as a part of Music for the Mind, a music therapy program for people with Alzheimer's.

JOHN STUMPFF is an active performer and teacher in the Milwaukee and Chicago region. Credits include Parpignol in La Boheme, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Don Jose in Carmen, and King Kasper in Amahl and the Night Visitors. He has also been a part of two Grammy winning recordings, Aldridge's Elmer Gantry and Davis'Rio de Sangre. This season, he will sing the role of Stage Manager in the world premiere of Sister Carriewith Florentine Opera. He will also be singing the role of Lazar Wolf in a concert version of Fiddler on the Roof with Congregation Beth Israel Mer Tamid. He is also the tenor section leader and soloist at Queen of All Saints Basilica in Chicago. Mr. Stumpff is beginning his 5th year teaching voice at Loyola Academy and he also maintains a voice and piano studio in Milwaukee. Mr. Stumpff earned his Masters from the University of Iowa in voice performance and his Bachelors from Cornell College in Music and Business.

NICHOLAS BAROOTIAN a Racine native, has studied voice with Gregory Berg, former King’s Singers Anthony Holt, and Richard Sjoerdsma. He sang with the Ensemble Singers of VocalEssence under Philip Brunnelle during their 40th Anniversary tour of England, and more recently with the Florentine Opera Chorus, for which he has also been engaged as a soloist in summer outreach programs. His stage credits include Giuseppe in The Gondoliers, Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief, and Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Nick is also a burgeoning conductor and composer. Last year, he appeared as conductor and soloist with Southeast Wisconsin Performing Arts, music-directed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the University of Wisconsin at Parkside, and composed music for the Case High School original production he also music-directed, #DarkSideoftheRainbow, with Nancy Gibson. Since 2015, Nick has served as Director of Liturgy and Music for St. Francis Xavier and St. John the Baptist Catholic Parishes in Brighton and Paris, Wisconsin. In 2015, Nick founded the Belle Ensemble, a vocal chamber music group aimed at bringing first class vocal performance to Racine and its neighbors, and at developing collaborations among talented vocal musicians and other artists in the Milwaukee-Chicago corridor. We hope all of you will enjoy our 2016-2017 concert season. Find out more at, or write to

FUMI NAKAYAMA earned her Bachelor of Music in Piano and Harpsichord from the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University and Master of Music in Piano and Early Music/Harpsichord from Indiana University where she was the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious Rudolph Ganz Memorial Award, and the Willi Aple Scholarship Award. Currently, Fumi is an adjunct faculty member of the Carthage Music Department as well as Associate Lecturer at UW-Parkside. She is a Julliard School Dalcroze Institute certified instructor of Dalcroze Eurhythmics and often gives demonstrations and lectures to music teachers and students in the Midwest. She frequently performs as a member of Cecilia Trio, and also collaborates with greater Milwaukee and Chicago area artists.

Questions? Contact Georgia Hall at 633-7251

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