Spring is a busy season for the Racine Symphony Orchestra, as it offers a variety of listening opportunities for audiences of all ages from now through its season finale Masterworks concert on April 26. And first on the list a bonus Masterworks concert on Sunday, March 9, at First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave.

Called “Afternoon Introductions,” the 3 p.m. concert was added to the RSO’s regular season, and will feature the piano mastery of guest artist Sahun “Sam” Hong. Born in 1994 in Seoul, Korea, Hong enrolled in Texas Christian University at age 11 and graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a bachelor’s degree in piano performance, when he was 16. He has won many awards and musical competitions, including first place in the 2012 Piano Arts North American Competition.

Hong will perform Chopin’s “Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor” with the RSO. Additional pieces performed by the orchestra on Sunday afternoon will include Haydn’s Symphony No. 7 in C  (“Le Midi”) and Faure’s “Masques et bergamasques, Op. 112.”

Tickets are $23 in advance or $25 at the door, for adults. Students and children younger than 21 are admitted free, but must reserve a ticket. For info, go to www.racinesymphony.org or call 262-636-9285.

A more in-depth look at the rest of the RSO season will be featured in next week’s Out & About section.

Seeing Zachariah Red

When the Marshall Tucker Band returns to the Route 20 Outhouse on Thursday, March 13, one of Racine’s homegrown musicians will open for the southern rockers. He calls himself Zachariah Red and most of what he plays and sings is country music, written by Red himself (also known as Zach Stacy). The 26-year-old singer/songwriter has been playing guitar since he was a kid and started song-writing in his teens. He said his influences lean toward Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, and that he is especially excited about the opportunity to open for Marshall Tucker, as he is a long-time fan of the band.

“I probably have 10 of their records,” he said.

A carpenter by day, Red used to play with local country band Northern Light and has been doing his solo act for about a year. He will release his first solo EP, “This Town,” at his March 13 performance (www.zachariahred.bandcamp.com).

Red will be joined on stage before the Marshall Tucker Show by Shawn Drake on fiddle and Brandon Bocian on guitar. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and ticket information for the Marshall Tucker Band show can be found at www.route20outhouse.com. And if you can’t make that show, you can also catch Zachariah Red at Finney’s Lounge in Kenosha on March 15 (www.facebook.com/finneys.kenosha).

Wearin’ of the green

Next weekend will offer plenty of options for celebrating St. Paddy’s Day, from Downtown’s eighth annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday (www.racinedowntown.com) to various festivities at area taverns and restaurants. One such celebration, at the Yardarm Bar & Grill on March 15, also marks a special anniversary — 25 years of Irish sing-alongs, led by Jeff Ward (www.jeff-ward.net).

Ward — who performs a mix of Irish and Scottish ballads and drinking songs, as well as American folk songs — has been at the heart of the Yardarm’s St. Paddy’s celebration for 25 years, according to Lauri Tomasek, co-owner of the Erie Street establishment. His annual shows have become so popular that he and his band will perform three St. Paddy’s shows, at 2, 5 and 7:30 p.m. next Saturday. call 262-633-8270 for reservations.

With Ward at the helm, Yardarm patrons are transported to an Irish Pub, and even those non-singers among them soon find themselves singing along, Tomasek said. She and her customers aren’t the only ones who appreciate his talents. Ward’s Irish brogue is a favorite at clubs and pubs throughout the Midwest, as well as at Irish festivals from Chicago to Minneapolis, including Milwaukee’s Irish Fest, where he’s played for more than a dozen years

Lee Roberts is the arts and entertainment reporter for The Journal Times. Scene & Heard appears periodically in Out & About. Lee can be reached at 262-631-1755, by email at lroberts@journaltimes.com and by mail at 212 Fourth St., Racine, WI 53403.


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