Anne Morse-Hambrock

Anne, harpist, is well known throughout the Kenosha and Racine area as a performer of classical, jazz, and Celtic repertoire. She is also a composer and the harp instructor at Carthage College and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. She has held the position of principal harp with the Kenosha Symphony since 1990 and the Racine Symphony from 1994-2000. Other orchestral credits have included principal harp with the South Bend, Oshkosh, and Green Bay symphonies. As a soloist, Anne has explored avante garde and jazz music for over 20 years and has performed her own compositions at the International World Harp Congress in Maastricht, Holland, and the International Pop and Jazz Festival in Tucson, Arizona. In 2005, Anne expanded her teaching studio to offer lessons to adult beginners (age 45-86ish) who decided their dream of exploring the harp could no longer wait. She also began working with those interested in pursuing harp for use in meditation and healing, both for themselves and for others. In 2016, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Anne began giving workshops for harp enthusiasts of all ages, regardless of musical background. The UWP Harpfest includes sessions especially designed for folks who have never touched a harp and just want to get closer to the instrument and explore it. For more information contact annesharp@tds.net. All of the pieces selected for today’s      program will also feature, posthumously and via pre-recording, Rafaele Schilewa on both harp and recorder. Ms. Schilewa lost her battle with breast cancer in 2007.

Ami Bouterse, Bob Benson, Evelyn Alumbreros and Alejandro Alumbreros

Ami 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 www.abvoicestudio.com.

Bob is honored and excited to return for the Music & More concert series.  A familiar face on the stage of Racine Theatre Guild, Bob appeared most recently in “Sister Act” as "the bad-guy, Curtis Jackson."  Some of his favorite past roles include Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol, the Musical, Bob Cratchit in “Scrooge,” Willy Wonka in “Willy Wonka,” Michael in “I Do, I Do!” Lumiere and ‘the Beast’ in “Beauty and the Beast,” Jean  Valjean in “Les Misérables,” Horton in “Seussical,” and Captain von Trapp in “The Sound of Music.”  When not on stage, Bob is an Inside Sales Lead for Modine Manufacturing Company and adores playing with his 18-month old granddaughter, Murphy.
 
Evelyn has appeared in opera, short films, musical theater, and television. Last summer, she played Chrissy, a goth girl in a TV pilot called "Miskits."  Her 2015 Chicago PBS show, "Moochie Kalala Detectives Club," earned a Midwest Emmy for Best Children’s Programming nomination.  Recent roles at KUSD Theatre include Sophie in "Mamma Mia" and Hannah in "Freaky Friday," which was highlighted on Disney 365.  She plays Fiona in "Shrek, Jr.," with Lakeside Players in September.  Last summer, Evelyn was honored with the Mearl Mahl Scholarship, which allowed her to attend the International Thespian Festival. Evelyn will be a sophomore at Indian Trail High School.  Visit www.evelynalumbreros.com.

Born in Spain, Alejandro has performed as both a piano soloist and accompanist for singers and instrumentalists in Europe, the United States and South America. Currently, Alejandro is the Choir Director and Organist at First Presbyterian Church of Racine.  He is also the Vocal Music Teacher/Choir Director at Wilmot Union High School. Alejandro received his Masters of Music in Piano with an emphasis in vocal and chamber music from Carnegie Mellon University.