Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, Mahone Fund to join forces in new musical collaboration; UWP’s Kinchen to act as advisor

Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, Mahone Fund to join forces in new musical collaboration; UWP’s Kinchen to act as advisor

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Partnership begins with student performance at HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival

The collaboration will launch with the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra’s sponsorship of the KUSD

the KUSD High School Summer Strings is a district-wide string ensemble including ninth-through-12th-grade violins, violas, cellos, bass from Bradford, Indian Trail, Tremper, and Harborside high schools.

High School Summer Strings, which will perform as the opening act at the HarborPark Jazz,

Rhythm & Blues Festival on Aug. 21.

Under the direction of Kenosha Unified orchestra directors Nathan Gardner and Heather Kamikawa, String selections at the Harborpark concert will include patriotic favorites; selections from the Pixar films “Finding Nemo,” “Cars,” “Up!” and “Toy Story”; the traditional gospel work “Battle of Jericho”; a string arrangement of Randall Thompson’s “Alleluia”; a new rhythmic work titled “Changes in Time”; “Blue-Fire Fiddler”; and music from “The Pirates of the Caribbean.”

“Our high school students are looking forward to connecting with the community through music,” Kamikawa said. “Many of our students have not performed in a live concert for over a year. We cannot wait to finish the summer as the Harbor Park Jazz opening act. We thank the

Mahone Foundation and Kenosha Symphony Orchestra for asking us to join in on this great event.”

“We are thrilled to have our talented KUSD students return as an opening act for the 2021 HarborPark music fest,” said Mahone Fund Chairman Tim Mahone. “The KUSD High School Summer Strings represent the future musicians in Kenosha, and it is important for them to demonstrate their talent in front of our audience and get exposure to nationally renowned, Grammy award-winning artists. This exciting performance however will be a catalyst for all of us to convene as a diverse people and bring some sanity back to humanity in Kenosha.”

Future events through the Mahone Fund-Kenosha Symphony partnership will include small to large music groups, with performances at many different venues in the community, Mahone said. “We have the very best music and choral advisor in Dr. Kinchen, who will use his decades of world-class expertise to guide us through this journey,” Mahone added.

Dr. James Kinchen, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin Parkside will serve as the musical advisor for the collaboration and facilitate the development of the ongoing performance series and ensuing conversations throughout the community.

More information about these upcoming events will be announced in the coming months.

Coming off a year of civil unrest and a worldwide pandemic there is a major need to find that common activity that can be fun and healing at the same time, organizers of the partnership said.

“Music connects and heals us, and both our organizations recognize that our community is at a point where we as people need to come together,” Mahone said. “Through this new partnership, we’re aiming to provide a series of musical events and organize a series of meaningful conversations for 2021 and beyond that will foster conversation, understanding, and change.”

Julia Nowicki, a Kenosha Symphony Orchestra board member, echoed those sentiments.

“Bringing people together through music is a natural fit to restore confidence in the strengths of our diversity in Kenosha,” Nowicki said.

“We hope the Kenosha Symphony and Mahone Fund collaboration will foster a feeling of unity as well as drive meaningful conversations about music and race in our community,” said

“I am delighted to be part of this initiative that honors the legacy of one of our great citizens by

helping to use music as an instrumentality that speaks to the diverse cultures and musical experiences among us," said Kinchen.

Roberta Puntillo, committee member. “We look forward to presenting a variety of fun and engaging musical events this year and beyond.”

The Kenosha Symphony Orchestra has provided the City of Kenosha with a professional orchestra for 82 years. It is dedicated to bringing the best of musical worlds to the city, including classical and pops, and high-level soloists. Throughout the COVID-19 shutdown, the symphony continued to provide free-streamed concerts to the public and then, most recently, a well-attended free concert at Petrifying Springs Park this summer.

A component of the Kenosha Community Foundation, the Mahone Fund provides educational opportunities for economically and academically deserving youth, while supporting healthy lifestyle initiatives in communities of color. It was created in 1999 to perpetuate the legacy of the late Mary Lou and Arthur F. Mahone, noted social justice leaders and education advocates in Kenosha.

Its existing programming includes the Lincoln Park Live Music Series, which brings free pop, rock, R&B, salsa, and jazz performances to Kenosha’s Lincoln Park each summer. This year’s remaining concert dates are July 28 and Aug. 11.

The HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival is a major annual fundraiser for the Mahone Fund that brings nationally renowned acts to Kenosha each year.

This year’s daylong festival will be headlined by jazz artists Alex Bugnon and Marion Meadows and Chicago blues legend John Primer.

“We are pleased that through our new partnership with the Kenosha Symphony, we’ll now be able to kick off this day of great music, great food and great fun with an orchestral performance by our local student musicians,” Mahone said. “It will be an appropriate way to showcase some local talent and will serve a reminder of the bright future that we have in Kenosha.”

More information about the HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival, including how to purchase tickets, by calling Karen Kaiser at the Kenosha Community Foundation at 262-654- 2412, or click here for tickets.

Kenosha Creative Space Fest is Saturday, July 17

KENOSHA — Kenosha Creative Space is hosting a daylong celebration of summer and Kenosha’s local creative talent on Saturday, July 17.

Kenosha Creative Space Fest will include live music, art vendors, family activities and more from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the street in front of the Creative Space, 624 57th St. in Downtown Kenosha.

Admission is free, although a $10-per-person donation would be greatly appreciated, said Kenosha Creative Space Executive Director Francisco Loyola. The event is a fundraiser to support the programming and operations of the nonprofit Kenosha Creative Space Inc.

“This is a block party with two purposes,” Loyola said. “The first is to showcase some of the great artistic and musical talent in our community. The second is to help support our continuing mission to provide a place for creatives in our community to hone their skills, to build their businesses and to share their works with all of us”

The music lineup on the mainstage throughout the day is:

  • 1 to 1:30 p.m.: Salamander
  • 2 to 3 p.m.: Vertigo
  • 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Toke Magic
  • 5 to 6 p.m.: Lunde
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m.: Spirit Shakers
  • 8:30 to 10 p.m.: Indigo Canyon

An acoustic stage will feature Miss B Haven from 3 to 3:30 and 4:30 to 5 p.m., and Billy Famer from 6 to 6:30 and 8 to 8:30.





Art vendors will include Hot Mess Studios, Leah Jurgens, Nothing’s Wrong Here Studio, Dyes for Your Eyes, Lunar Garden Glass, Lissa Bujniewicz, Kelly Witte, Jill Zgorzelski, Hoop Star/Bakes Unicorn, Aaron Clutter, and Jake’s Pen Art.

Family activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will include painting, lawn games, face painting, tie-dying, art demonstrations, and more.

Those interested in volunteering or sponsoring the event are encouraged to contact the Kenosha Creative Space at


About Kenosha Creative Space:

Kenosha Creative Space is a nonprofit organization committed to creating economic opportunities for local artists, musicians, creatives, entrepreneurs and local partner organizations. The partner organizations and individual supporters share the goal of using their collective resources for the mutual benefit of the Kenosha Creative Space, the creative community and the community at large.

To learn more about Kenosha Creative Space and its programming, check out or search for “Kenosha Creative Space” on Facebook.

Mahone Fund, Kenosha County Public Health partner to offer COVID-19 vaccinations at upcoming music events

KENOSHA — COVID-19 vaccinations will be available at this summer’s Lincoln Park Live Music Series performances and at the Aug. 21 HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival, event organizers announced today.

These vaccination stations will be provided by way of a partnership between the Mary Lou & Arthur F. Mahone Fund and Kenosha County Public Health.

Free vaccinations will be available to all eventgoers ages 12 and up (those under 18 must be with a parent or guardian). People who choose to be vaccinated may select from the Moderna, Pfizer or one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Incentives will be available to those who are among the first to be vaccinated at the Lincoln Park Live concerts: The first person to receive the vaccine at each concert will receive a $100 gift card and two tickets to the HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival; the next five people vaccinated at each concert will receive a $25 gift card and two tickets to the festival.

“We’re very excited to make this opportunity available at our summer 2021 concert events,” said Tim Mahone, chairman of the Mary Lou & Arthur F. Mahone Fund. “Providing easy, convenient access to the COVID-19 vaccine fits in perfectly with our mission to promote not only educational opportunities for our youth, but also good health and wellness for everyone in our community.”

A component of the Kenosha Community Foundation, the Mahone Fund provides educational opportunities for economically and academically deserving youth, while supporting healthy lifestyle initiatives in communities of color. It was created in 1999 to perpetuate the legacy of the late Mary Lou and Arthur F. Mahone, noted social justice leaders and education advocates in Kenosha.


Among other programs, the fund sponsors the Lincoln Park Live Music Series, which brings free pop, rock, R&B, salsa and jazz performances to Kenosha’s Lincoln Park each summer. This year’s concert dates are July 14, July 28 and Aug. 11. All concerts include performances by different musical acts at 6 and 7:30 p.m.

The HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival is a major fundraiser for the Mahone Fund’s programming. This year’s event, to be headlined by jazz artists Alex Bugnon and Marion Meadows and Chicago blues legend John Primer, will be held from 12:30 to 10 p.m. Aug. 21 at Celebration Place in Kenosha’s HarborPark.

More information about both events, including details about ticket sales for the HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival, is available at

COVID-19 vaccinations will be available from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at each of the Lincoln Park Live performances and at the HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival.

Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit said the county is pleased to make COVID-19 vaccines available at these and other community events, particularly as work remains to be done in closing racial disparities in vaccination rates locally and nationally.

“Through the work of our vaccine equity task force, we are bringing pop-up vaccine clinics out to community organizations, businesses and events where we can meet people where they are, provide education about the benefits of vaccination and, ultimately, get more shots into arms,” Freiheit said. “Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is safe and effective, and it’s how we’re ultimately going be able to make the pandemic a thing of the past.”

Atifa Robinson, chairwoman of the Mahone Fund Healthy Lifestyle Committee, said it is critical to provide opportunities for the most vulnerable populations to be vaccinated.

“The COVID-19 vaccination pop-up clinic partnership with the Mary Lou & Arthur F. Mahone Fund and Kenosha County Public Health eliminates the barrier of families not having transportation to vaccination sites,” Robinson said. “The pop-up vaccination clinics are accessible and help to promote health equity within the community. This partnership aims to meet families where they are and build community trust to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

More information about the COVID-19 vaccine in Kenosha County, including links to local providers and statistics about vaccination rates, is available at

Kenosha County Parks, Kenosha Symphony Orchestra to host Symphony in the Park

Kenosha County Parks and the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra will present the first-ever Symphony in the Park concert at Petrifying Springs Park, County Executive Jim Kreuser announced today.

Spectators are invited to attend this FREE event at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 10, next to the Petrifying Springs Biergarten.

The concert will include well-known selections from “Porgy and Bess,” “West Side Story,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Hamilton,” and more.

“Kenosha County is proud to partner with the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra on this unique outdoor concert,” said County Executive Jim Kreuser. “As we continue to expand our parks programming to offer a wide range of events and activities, it’s great to bring this free symphony performance to Petrifying Springs.”

“The KSO is thrilled to be collaborating with Kenosha County Parks and the Petrifying Springs Park Biergarten,” said Kenosha Symphony Orchestra Board President Thea Keshavarzi. “The scenic outdoor venue allows us to expose the community to the sounds of the symphony orchestra.”

The symphony will perform under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Dr. Robert G. Hasty. In addition to the aforementioned selections, the program will include “The William Tell Overture,” selections from “A Chorus Line,” Suite No. 1 from “Carmen,” and John Phillip Souza’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. Concessions will be available for purchase from the Petrifying Springs Biergarten.

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Fancy Snacks Charcuterie will have boards for groups, boxes for two, and single serving WINE- cuterie glasses. Avanti Brothers Wine & Spirits will be providing fine wine for purchase. For beer lovers, the Petrifying Springs Biergarten will offer selections from its menu.

Petrifying Springs Park is located at 5555 Seventh St. in the Village of Somers. The Biergarten is located at the far-south end of the park, near the Highway JR entrance.

Learn more:

For more details and information about other activities, please visit the Kenosha County Parks website at, call 262-857-1869, or check us out on Facebook at

Medical examiner alerts community after 2 suspected overdose deaths within the past week


Kenosha County Medical Examiner Patrice Hall is reminding the community of the dangers of drug use following a pair of suspected overdose deaths last weekend.


These cases, both involving adults in the City of Kenosha, came just weeks after the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department reported responding to six, nonfatal overdose cases in a six-day period. There was also a third suspected overdose death earlier this month, Hall said.


“We saw an increase in overdoses in 2020 over 2019, and, unfortunately, this trend does not yet appear to be letting up,” Hall said. “While we’re awaiting toxicology results to determine the particulars of this past weekend’s cases, we know for sure that any use of illegal drugs and the misuse of prescription drugs can have deadly consequences.”


Toxicity deaths in Kenosha County totaled 49 in 2020, compared with 30 in 2019, 46 in 2018 and 57 in 2017, according to statistics compiled by the Medical Examiner’s Office. Toxicity includes deaths due to abuse of any drugs, such as alcohol, cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, prescription medications, or a combination thereof.


In the cases of the six nonfatal overdose calls that the Sheriff’s Department responded to from March 30 through April 4, some of the individuals reported they had consumed Xanax bars and Oxycodone pills, the department stated. All six of these individuals were not conscious or breathing when first responders arrived and were revived with Narcan, a medication used to counteract the effect of opioids.


Kenosha County Public Health offers Narcan training and free supplies of the medication to the public, through a grant from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. More information about this program is available at, by calling 262-605-6741, or by sending an email to


Many other resources are also available to help people with a substance use disorder, Hall said. The Medical Examiner’s Office in partnership with the Kenosha County Opioid Task Force has compiled information about these in “This Packet Could Save a Life,” an envelope full of materials that is available in the lobby of the Kenosha County Public Safety Building and is often left behind by first responders at the scene of an overdose incident.


“The main thing we want people to know is that help is available,” Hall said. “No life should be lost to substance use, and there are people, organizations and agencies in Kenosha County that are devoted to preventing these tragedies.”


Hall noted that Vivent Health has free kits available to test substances for fentanyl, which is frequently seen in overdose deaths. Vivent Health-Kenosha can be reached at 262-657-6644.


Further information about prevention, treatment, and resources are listed below:



  • Use the acronym BLUE:
    • B (Breathing): The person is not breathing or breathing very slowly. They may be snoring or their breathing sounds like they are gurgling.
    • L (Lips): Lips and fingertips are turning blue.
    • U (Unresponsive): No response when you yell the person’s name or rub the middle of their chest hard.
    • E (Eyes): Center part of their eye is very small, also called “pinpoint pupil.”
  • IF AN OVERDOSE IS SUSPECTED, GIVE NARCAN (if available) AND CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY. You or someone you know will require follow-up medical attention.



  • The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Resource Center, available at 262-764-8555 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, can help you find treatment and services that are right for you such as counseling, medication assisted treatment, or a 12-step program. Call the 24-hour Kenosha County Crisis Intervention Line 262-657-7188 for more immediate assistance.
  • Professional Services Group provides the Comprehensive Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program at 262-654-1004
  • Resource packets that include information sheets and pamphlets about opioids and related community agencies and programs may be picked up in the lobby at the Public Safety Building, 1000 55th, Kenosha.
  • The “A Way Out” program at local police departments in Lake County, Ill., is available to anyone with private insurance, regardless of their residency. This program fast-tracks drug users to substance abuse programs and services. More information is available at



  • LOCK UP YOUR MEDICATIONS: Keep track of quantity by regularly counting your tablets, in order to make sure they are being used as prescribed, and not misused.
  • DISPOSE OF UNUSED OR EXPIRED MEDICATION: Kenosha County has six medication drop boxes located at all the police departments. Visit to find the nearest location and collection hours.
  • DO NOT SHARE your medications. Use only as prescribed.
  • When pain control is needed, ask your medical provider, dentist, or veterinarian if an alternative treatment or medication is available.