Music & More Concert Series...

...continues on Thursday, July 19th 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 July 19th, click on "Week Seven" below.

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  • Martin O'Leary

    Pianist Martin lives in Ireland and earned his Ph. D. at Trinity College, Dublin. This is his second performance at Music & More. He has written over a hundred works including a Piano Concerto (1987-90), vocal works written for and recorded by Maynooth Chamber Choir and performed by them in the United Statesand China, and chamber works including ‘Avanti’ for piano trio, written for the Muzika Piano Trio of Racine, WI (2013). Today he will be performing selections from Robert and Clara Schumann and one of his own compositions.

  • Jeff Ward

    Jeff’s interest in music began at an early age; trained on classical violin and then switching to guitar in his early teens, he learned to sing and play traditional songs of Ireland and Scotland. He has performed at some of the most prestigious Irish Festivals on Midwest and national stages. A seasoned performer with eight CDs to his credit, Jeff’s music includes a mix of Irish and Scottish ballads and pub songs, and acoustic classic American folk songs.

  • Nancy Maio and Gare Hofstad

    Nancy is a freelance musician and teacher.  She has a B.M. in violin performance from UW-Madison and a M.M. in violin performance from Boston University. She performs with several local orchestras including the Racine Symphony, the Festival City Symphony, and the Wisconsin Philharmonic. She is orchestra director at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. 

    Gare is an active teacher and performer, and has played guitar for more than 30 years in a variety of styles and genres. While favoring classical, jazz, and blues, he has also performed rock, pop, folk, country, and a variety of ethnic music on both local and national stages.  He was educated at UW-Madison and the Wisconsin College–Conservatory, where he received a degree in classical guitar performance.