Music & More Summer Concert Series concludes its 25th anniversary season with a celebration concert this Friday, August 17th at 7:00 p.m., - First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Avenue. Tickets cost $10 at the door.
The Rev. Randy Bush conceived the idea of Music & More for the summer of 1994. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2006, but his original vision and goals for Music & More have endured:
- To showcase regional talent by offering free weekly concerts to the community with each concert featuring several musicians and a mix of styles.
- To raise funds for local service agencies through freewill offerings.
- To bring more people to the area and strengthen a sense of community in Downtown Racine.
The Choral Arts Society will perform excerpts fromLetters from Ireland by Mark Brymer. This touching, yet toe-tapping, work uses letters from the 1700s to 1800s woven with traditional Celtic music. Guest instrumentalists for this performance will be Maria Terres, fiddle and Brett Lipshutz, flute. The accompanist will be Mary Skop Johnson. CAS has frequently collaborated with Jeff Ward, Mark Paffrath, and Zachary Scot Johnson, and will take this opportunity to reprise some favorite songs together. “I have enjoyed several collaborations with Jeff, Mark and Zach over the years,” said director Jim Schatzman in a recent interview, “and it’s a real treat to share the stage again!” Schatzman added, “I’ve had both a personal and professional relationship with Music & More for their entire history. It is an honor for the CAS to be part of their 25th season finale.
Donations received at the ten noontime concerts will be divided between Health Care Network, the Hospitality Center at St. Luke’s Church, and LINK (Lonely Instruments Need Kids) program at Racine Arts Council. The church is air-conditioned and handicapped-accessible with elevator at parking lot entrance. Additional parking is available in south adjacent parking lot at Living Light Community Center.