The Racine Orchestra schedules a free concert |

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SOMERS – The Racine Concert Band begins its 100th year of free concerts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 29 at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Bedford Concert Hall, 900 Wood Road. Mark Eichner, Music Director, will conduct.

The program includes a world premiere performance of “Into Our Father’s Arms” by James Crowley, professor at UW-Parkside and chair of the music department. Funded by an Art Seed grant from the Racine Arts Council and supported by the Wisconsin Arts Board and Real Racine, the work is a collaboration between the composer, the group and the Kenosha / Racine Poets Laureate. The poetry of Joe Engel, Darin Zimpel, Jean Preston and Jessie Lynn McMains will be delivered into the music stream by narrator Melissa Cardamone.

With a catalog of over 65 works, Crowley’s music has been performed in 35 states and five continents. These artists include acclaimed ensembles including the Minnesota Orchestra, the Eastman Wind Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and members of the Chicago, Milwaukee, Cleveland and Montreal Symphony Orchestras.

The concert also includes “Four Abstractions” by US Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Ward and “Divertimento” by Vincent Persichetti. “Punchinello”, an overture by Alfred Reed, a march from the “Karelia Suite” by Jean Sibelius and dance music from the ballet “Spartacus” by Khachaturian complete the program.

Free tickets can be reserved by calling the UW-Parkside box office at 262-595-2564.

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