Fine Arts Series at St. Marcus

The St. Marcus Fine Arts Series launched in September of 2019 shortly after the rebuild of its spectacular 34-rank pipe organ. The series aims at bringing together the greater community to hear notable music by expert talent. Concerts take place in the beautiful church sanctuary built in 1913, with its wonderful acoustics. Concerts are followed by a beer and wine reception to visit with artists and fellow attendees. Concerts are free and open to the community.

Fine Arts Series Committee Members: Joel Schwartz, Mark Jeske, Lenny Hanson, Jerry Seigmann, Alex Randazzo and David Porth

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2020 Season
 
Variety Show of Show Tunes
Friday, November 20th, 7:00 pm
Tune in! The concert will be live streamed on the St. Marcus Church YouTube Channel
Social distancing will be observed per CDC guidelines and masks required for in-person guests!

Expect to hear several solos, duets, and trios from well-known musicals as well as "one hit wonders" from lesser known shows! This concert features a tenor and a mezzo soprano who are all full-time professional musicians in the Milwaukee and Chicago areas.

Coltyn VonDeylen is a professional singer and teacher of music based in the Greater Milwaukee Area. Coltyn attended Wisconsin Lutheran College where he studied Music Education. Coltyn has performed with numerous theatre companies in the Milwaukee area in shows such as Godspell (Jesus), Stranger in the Attic (Kendrick) and Carrie (Freddy). Additionally, Coltyn is the front man for a band called Anything Goes that performs throughout Wisconsin and Chicago, and he sings with many churches from Neenah to Muskego. Coltyn currently teaches voice at Milwaukee Montessori School, Sound Check Studios, and online.

Ashley Marie Rodriguez is an actor and singer based in Wisconsin. After growing up in Chicago's north side she found her way to Wisconsin to finish her studies in theatre at the University of Wisconsin Parkside. She has had the pleasure of performing in productions with Skylight Music Theatre. Productions such as "Kiss Me Kate", "Urinetown", and in the future production of "EVITA". She also had the pleasure of working with Renaissance Theaterworks' Br!NK Festival works. Other past roles include Lucy Harris in Jekyll & Hyde at College of Lake County, Alais in The Lion in Winter at Pride Theatre Company.
 
Friday, September 18, at 7:00 pm - John Behnke, Organ

John Behnke is Emeritus Professor of Music of Concordia University, in Mequon, Wisconsin where for 29 years he taught organ, church music courses, and directed The Alleluia Ringers, Concordia’s touring handbell choir. He was the organist and choir director at Historic Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church in downtown Milwaukee, from 1990 until 2019, and the director of the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble and Music Editor of AGEHR Publishing – Handbell Musicians of America from 2003 until 2019.

Dr. Behnke is also a frequent organ recitalist, handbell clinician, and festival director. He enjoys composing and arranging, having over 450+ handbell, choral, and organ compositions in print with seventeen different publishers in the United States, Germany, and Taiwan. A complete works listing can be found online at www.johnbehnke.com. He was honored in December of 1993 being named “MVP” Most Valuable Player in the Milwaukee area by Milwaukee Sentinel music critic, Nancy Raabe. In May of 1994 he was named Concordia’s “Faculty Laureate.” He has also received an ASCAP Composers Award every year since 1998. In March of 2004, he was selected by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel as one of the “10 Beautiful Minds” of scholars who help make Milwaukee a brighter place. In March of 2009, he was selected as one of 103 notable people who live and work in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. A 1974 graduate of Concordia-River Forest, IL. he received his M. Mus. in Church Music and Organ from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. in 1978. His D. Mus. was awarded to him in 1984 by Northwestern University where he was elected into the Alpha Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, a National Honorary Music Society. From August 1978 to July 1979 Dr. Behnke studied at the Westphalian Church Music Institute in Herford, W. Germany, where he passed the “A” Exam in Organ with the grade of “1-Excellent”.