At the Rita: Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities


FALL 2019

Legacy of John Paynter Concert

Wind Ensemble and Community Band

The Legacy of John P. Paynter

Oct 17  |  7 pm  |  Bedford Concert Hall

Music by Malcolm Arnold, Mark Camphouse, Karl King, C.L. Barnhouse, and the Midwest premiere of "Full Circle" by Ryan George.

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Return to Classics Concert

Symphony and Community Orchestra

Return to the Classics: Mozart and Beethoven

Oct 19  |  7 pm  |  Bedford Concert Hall

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Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Ensemble

Oct 22  |  7 pm  |  Bedford Concert Hall

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Tomeka Reid

Tomeka Reid

Jazz Cellist

Oct 30  |  7 pm  |  Bedford Concert Hall

Recently described as a “New Jazz Power Source” by the New York Times, cellist and composer Tomeka Reid emerged as one of the most original, versatile, and curious musicians in the Chicago’s bustling jazz and improvised music community over the last decade. Now based in New York, her distinctive melodic sensibility, usually braided to a strong sense of groove, has been featured in many distinguished ensembles over the years.

Tickets are not required for this free performance

Parkside Range

Parkside Range

Contemporary A Cappella 

Nov 10  |  3 pm  |  Main Stage Theatre

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Symphony and Community Orchestra

Star Wars: Saga

Nov 23  |  7 pm  |  Main Stage Theatre

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Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Ensemble

Dec 3  |  7 pm  |  Bedford Concert Hall

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Wind Ensemble

Wind Ensemble and Community Band

Masterworks for Winds

Dec 5  |  7 pm  |  Bedford Concert Hall

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Parkside Choirs

A joyous mix of diverse choral offerings 

Dec 7  |  7 pm  |  Bedford Concert Hall
Dec 8  |  3 pm  |  Bedford Concert Hall

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For your convenience we offer you a number of ways to contact the Rita Box Office for performance information and to purchase tickets. The easiest method is to purchase your tickets online.

Order your individual tickets online

Individual Ticket Prices*:

  • General Admission Tickets = $10
  • Senior & Parkside Staff Tickets = $5
  • Student Tickets = $10

*Some concerts may have different prices. Visit the online box office for exact prices.

You can also email your ticket requests to, call 262-595-2564 and speak with our friendly staff about available tickets and purchasing, or visit the the Rita Box Office. Call the Box Office for detailed hours or stop by one hour prior to each performance.

Please note that all ticket sales are final and that we do not provide refunds nor guarantee exchanges. We will do our best to exchange individual tickets for other concerts/productions but can make no promises that alternate ticketing will be available.


Maxwell Street Klezmer Band Trio

Maxwell Street Klezmer Band Trio

Oct 18  |  12 pm  |  Bedford Concert Hall

Jeff Jeziorski, clarinet
Ivo Braun, trumpet
Gail Mangurten, piano

If you were taking a tour of Western Europe in the 1900s, you might stop first in Paris, then to Italy, take a boat to the Greek Islands.  What about a side tour to a few Eastern European cities like Macedonia, Warsaw and Moscow?  Or (if you have an itch for adventure) how about a trip down the Nile?  By the time you get home, you’d arrive back just in time for Mardi Gras down on Basin Street in New Orleans. 

Tickets are not required for this free concert.


SEP 20  |  Ralph Alessi Quintet 
SEP 27  |  Christine Fawson Quartet

OCT 4  |  Seraph Brass
OCT 11  |  Mariachi Sirenas
OCT 18  |  European Folk Music by the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band Trio
OCT 25  |  Parkside Choirs

NOV 1  |  Parkside Student Recitals
NOV 8  |  Parkside Percussion Ensemble
NOV 15  |  Parkside Flute and Brass Ensembles

Schedule is subject to change.


The Noon Concert Series is a highly popular series of free performances presented Friday at the noon hour during the Fall and Spring semesters, featuring an interesting and diverse range of performances, including solo and chamber recitals, large group concerts, and lecture/recitals.

Noon concerts begin at 12 pm in Bedford Concert Hall, Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities.

The schedule is subject to change.

Free parking is available during the Noon Concerts in Lots B and C.

UW-Parkside Music Department Noon Concerts are free of charge.

Food and drink are not allowed at the concerts.

For more information, contact the the Rita Box Office at 262-595-2564 or email


Students take you on a virtual tour through the Rita

Box Office


The Rita, Ground Floor
900 Wood Rd. 
Kenosha, WI 53144
Parking: Lot B, C

About The Rita

Since 1968, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside has continued to build a reputation as an outstanding liberal arts institution with particularly strong fine arts programs. With The Rita Tallent Picken Center for Arts & Humanities, our state-of-the-art instructional facilities and stunning performance venues match our award-winning academic programs and provide even greater community access. Read more about The Rita.

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