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Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: ‘Doctors in Recital' Will Return in Green Bay and Fox Valley

Jan. 19 and Feb. 23, Respectively

When physicians are away from patients, many have skill interests – like music. Some are adept. And thus “Doctors in Recital” has emerged around the country and in such locations as Green Bay and the Fox Valley.

The events are a way to showcase physicians’ talents while at the same time raising money for local organizations.

In Green Bay, “Doctors in Recital – Brown County” will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, in Cofrin Family Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Info: and

To benefit this year are Encompass Child and Family Advocate Program; SOL: Baile Folklórico de Nicolet; the Ukulele Club, a program of the Howard-Suamico School District Elementary Music Department; and the “6:30 Concert Series” at UWGB.

Now, “Doctors in Recital” does not seem like a whoop-dee-do time, but the concerts tend to be entertaining – and thus the concept goes on.

The 2019 physician performers on the lineup so far are Steve Asma, piano; Yoon Chun, piano; Sergio Heredia, guitar and voice; Mark Laukka, voice; Brad Locke, voice; Laura Nelson, voice; Kirsten Powell, voice; Josh Rankin, piano and trombone; Mark Ringwelski, piano and voice; Richard Sarnwick, piano; Kim Shefchik, voice; Peter Sherrill, guitar; Ralph Vardis, composition; Michael Volk, drums; Bob Wampler, trombone; Brenda Warren, voice; Matt Wheeler, piano; George Whetmore, piano, composition; Chris Williams, violin.

Also appearing: Bernie Baeb, bass; Kate Iken, director, Green Bay East High School Jazz Ensemble, which will perform; Lucinda Roberts, producer and piano; Teresa Schmidt, choir director; Steve Seitz, drums.

In Menasha, “Doctors in Recital – Fox Valley” will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in James Perry Hall of the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Communication Arts Center. Info:

To benefit this year is “In Harmony” a program of the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra that makes music participation accessible to people with special needs in the Fox Valley. Through this music therapy-informed program, orchestra musicians and an experienced music therapist will share music with people with special needs, their caregivers and family members in supportive and meaningful ways.

To quote someone who saw “Doctors in Recital” in Green Bay for the first time in 2015, commenting on the entertainment value in a positive tone: “I was surprised.”

Indeed, that concert – while it lasted three hours – covered the musical spectrum from rock to classics.

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