MUSIC & MORE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES kicks off on Thursday, June 7 at Noon in the air-conditioned sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave. in Racine. June 7 performers are the Dairy Statesmen Barbershop Chorus, violinist Drake Reid, and vocalist/pianist Carolyn Wehner. The FREE noontime series runs each Thursday for 10 weeks, concluding on August 9. Each concert is just an hour long and features 3 acts performing in different styles or genres. A freewill offering will be accepted to benefit local agencies. Check out the full schedule here.  And to see the program for June 7th, click on "Week One" below.


  • Racine Dairy Statesmen

    This chorus was founded in 1943 and has been entertaining Racine for more than 70 years.  Both the chorus and its quartets frequently appear at community organization events to entertain, promote the arts, and help worthy causes.  Through the years, they have performed with the Racine Symphony, Racine Municipal Band, and at  school choral festivals and church festivals.  Musical Director is Steven Joyal of West Allis.  We invite men in southeastern WI to stop in and sing a few songs with us on Tuesday  evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Preservation Hall, 740 Lake Ave., near downtown Racine.  No special training needed.  (For information, call Bill @ 262-498-9955.)

     

  • Drake Reid

    Drake lives in Madison.  He began violin studies at age 6 and graduated from the Suzuki Violin Method within 5 years.  He attended many Suzuki Institutes and Workshops where he was selected to perform on solo recital.  During his Suzuki training, Drake played with virtuoso Rachel Barton Pine.  Drake performed with the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra, many times as the concert master.  He has been featured on Channel 3000 for  his commitment to donating money he has earned playing the violin to the Henry Vilas Zoo.  Drake spends his summers at the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan.  Drake proudly performs on a violin from the early 1800s, handcrafted in  Mittenwald,  Germany.

     

  • Carolyn Wehner

    Carolyn is a Milwaukee-based pianist and vocalist performing regularly for a variety of audiences throughout Wisconsin and greater Chicagoland.  Current Wisconsin appearances include an ongoing Friday night engagement at The Baker House in Lake Geneva, as well as Saturday nights from Memorial Day-Labor Day.  Solo piano dates include twice weekly appearances at the new Von Maur store in Brookfield along with occasional dates in the Lobby Lounge at The Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee.  She recently  concluded a 12-year ongoing twice-weekly engagement at The Wisconsin Club which also featured her jazz duo on Saturdays since 2013.  Recent Chicago appearances: Skokie Theatre, Chicago Cabaret Professionals’ “Musical Mondays” Series at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theatre, Park West Theatre, Davenport’s and The Crystal Lounge at The Merion Hotel.  Carolyn also frequently performs her hour-long themed concerts for senior communities and other groups throughout the area.  For more information and a calendar of upcoming performances, visit her website:  www.pianistvocalist.com