Lunch Time Concert Series on select Wednesdays from Noon-1pm at the Steinway Piano Gallery of Milwaukee. Suggested Donation $5.
For Rick Aaron, the only decision about going into the family business meant which instrument to choose. Rather than compete with his father and uncle on saxophones and clarinet, or his grandfather on trumpet, Rick chose the flute and perfected his craft under the tutelage of Eldridge Meyer, Sam Baron, John Burgess, and Israel Borouchoff.
Since the mid-60’s, he’s been a fixture on the Milwaukee area music scene, covering gigs that range from weddings, to corporate events, club dates, jazz concerts, Broadway shows, subbing with the Milwaukee Symphony, fundraisers, and a musical exploration with a quartet of flutes.
He recently has added to his musical palette a music meditation class. Whatever idiom he’s playing, though, Rick reminds us what a delight music can be when channeled through a player whose true instrument is his soul.
Lou Cucunato has been working and collaborating with musicians in Milwaukee for 30 years. You can find him entertaining in the Lobby Lounge of the Historic Pfister Hotel, performing solo. He has worked with many of the areas finest vocalists and instrumentalists. He also enjoys theater and has worked national tours such as Mama Mia and Hairspray. Locally, he lists Little Shop of Horrors at Skylite and several revues at Sunset Playhouse. While on the faculty at UWMilwaukee, Lou taught several theory and jazz piano courses for music majors and non majors alike. While there, he performed extensively with Music From Almost Yesterday under the direction of Yehuda Yannay and Music For Percussion, directed by the late Pavel Burda.
Caroline Ray is the director of the pep band at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Additionally, she serves as assistant director of the pep band at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.
A graduate of UW-Milwaukee's music program, she received her master's of music in wind band conducting, studying with Dr. John Climer. She also studied flute with Jennifer Clippert.
While earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in flute performance in Colorado, she studied flute with Rachel Perez, conducting with Mark Dorn (former producer of Kids from Wisconsin), and was a masterclass participant with Colonel Lowell Graham (former director of the USAF Band). In 2015, Caroline directed the University Flute Choir at Colorado Christian University.
She has performed with her sister Katherine since 2006.
Katherine Ray has been studying the harp since age eight. She graduated in May from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee where she studied harp performance under Professor Ann Lobotzke.
In 2006 Ray won first place at the WMTA state competition. During high school she was a part of the Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony and was invited to perform in the Young Musical Stars concert in 2014. During her senior year of high school Ray was one of four musicians to win a place in the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Senior Honors Recital and received the Merit in the Arts Scholarship from the Kohler Foundation.
During her sophomore year of college Ray was one of twelve students chosen to perform at Lyon & Healy Hall in Chicago after participating in the Auditions and Evaluations put on by the Greater Chicago Chapter of the American Harp Society. Ray has also been featured as a guest performer on the WUWM Radio show Lake Effect.
Program for February 20th
F. J. Nadermann (1781-1835) Arr. Paul Hurst
I. Allegro fieramente
II. Allegretto con sentimento
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Arr. Daniel Burton
Meditation from Thaïs
Jules Massenet (1842-1912) Arr. Daniel Burton
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