Music & More Concert Series ...

...continues on Thursday, August 2nd at 12 o'clock noon in the air-conditioned sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave. in Racine.

A free-will offering will be accepted to benefit local agencies. Check out the full schedule here. And to see the program for August 2nd, click on "Week Nine" below.

  • Karen Beaumont and Viktor Brusubardis

    Karen, organist, provided the organ and choral music at St. James Episcopal Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1988-2011 She received her degree in Music History from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Ms. Beaumont made her solo debut in New York City at St. Thomas Church in September 1999 and performs regularly in that city as well as other cities in North America and in the UK. She has completed six recordings: two volumes of French Organ Noels, Early Spanish Organ Music, Austrian Organ Music from 1550-1800, selections from the Well-Tempered Clavier, a world premiere recording in collaboration with Musikverlag Doblinger of Vienna in 2015 of selections from Ein barockes Orgelbuch, and a recording of the music of Jean-Francois Dandrieu. She is a piano and organ instructor and also plays the French Horn.

    Viktor, cellist, first started to study the violincello at the age of eleven. He studied with cellists Janet Marshall and Adrien Zitoun. He joined the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra in the 2007-2008 season. During this time at MYSO he was a winner of the String Orchestra and Sinfonia concerto competitions and was honorable mention in both the Philharmonia and Senior Symphony concerto competitions. Viktor was also awarded an honorable mention in the MSO Young Artist Competition in 2013 and was a semi-finalist in 2014. He was the winner of the Wisconsin Philharmonic Shining Stars Concerto Competition during his senior year in hugh school. In 2017, Viktor was a winner in the UW-Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. As a recipient of the Madison Summer Music Tuition Waiver Scholarship, Viktor currently attends UW-Milwaukee, majoring in Cello Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Stefan Kartman.

  • Lynda Lee Schlitz, Brian Dale, Joe Ketchum and Theo Merriweather

    Lynda, vocalist, discovered her love of music at a very young age. She began singing and playing instruments as a student in grade school and continued to perform in every choir, band, and orchestra she could fit in her schedule throughout her school years. Immediately following high school, she began travelling across the country performing and has continued working with local, state and national acts for over 35 years. As a vocalist, Lynda has performed all types of music, from country to classical and oldies to opera. Her performances have been at all type of venues including small, intimate concerts, professional sports games, state fairs and festivals as well as Milwaukee’s own Summerfest. Lynda is a former member and frequent soloist with the Choral Arts Society of Southeastern Wisconsin. She can be seen performing with one of the Milwaukee area’s most well-known bands, Bobby Way and the Fabulous Wayouts with whom she has been a lead vocalist for over 20 years. She also appears with the Grimm Brothers group as well as with Scott Berendt and the US Project, and in a duo with Matthew Scerpella. 

    Brian, drummer - singer, songwriter and drummer, Brian is sought after for his ability to deliver music as passionate as it is intelligent, evident on his CD, "Sticks and Stones." The disc is a culmination of Brian's rare musical presence and creativity. A song from the disc was chosen for the film, “Sawdust City.” In addition to The Brian Dale Group, he has performed with Streetlife, Ambrosia, Joe Puerta, and many other cover and original artists. He is a seasoned session drummer and vocalist with numerous CDs and jingles to his credit.

    Joe, violinist, was born and raised in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. He developed a love for the violin almost immediately and began his studies at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music at age 4 with Ronald Melby. He continued his studies with Mimi Zweig, winning the Conservatory’s Merit Scholarship Competition 8 consecutive years from 1982 to 1989. In 1983, he attended the Meadowmount Summer Institute of Music as a student of Linda Cerone. He was selected by nationwide audition and represented the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in the National Guild of Community Schools of Art celebration orchestra performing in Carnegie Hall in November of 1987. While in high school, Mr. Ketchum was invited to perform as a featured soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. In high school, Mr. Ketchum was also an All-Conference linebacker and fullback for the University School of Milwaukee. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance from Northwestern University under the tutelage of Dr. Myron Kartman where he served as Assistant Concertmaster of the Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra. Currently, Mr. Ketchum is active as a soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue in both the classical and pop realms. He served as the String Department Chair at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music for 4 years before leaving the Conservatory to start a private studio in 2012. He performs regularly as Concertmaster of the Skylight Opera Theatre Orchestra and the Rock River Philharmonic (formerly The Beloit/Janesville Symphony). He has been featured on the UWM concert series “Music from Almost Yesterday” and is also active in the performance of various styles of music, from jazz, to bluegrass, to rock n roll. He is the principal violinist and string arranger for Mid-Coast Music Publishing, a producer of soundtracks for the worldwide radio, TV, and film industries. Mr. Ketchum is the founder, principal composer, arranger, and bandleader for "JOE 2.0" a rock sextet comprised of an electrified string quartet, drums, and vocals. Mr. Ketchum performs on a 1927 Carl Becker violin which he has played since 1985.

    Theo, pianist, is a Milwaukee-based keyboardist whose main musical background is jazz. He studied at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and counts pianists Herbie Hancock, Ramsey Lewis, and organists Don Patterson and Jimmy Smith as the main of many influences. Being well versed in various musical genres affords him the opportunity to play with excellent musicians and also keeps him in high demand for session work. He has performed on stage with saxophonists Ronnie Laws and Wilton Felder of the Crusaders. He has been a member of opening acts for David Sanborn, Chris Botti, and Kenny Wayne Shepard, among many others. Theo also writes and produces music for a number of projects.