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April 2016
Symphony ~ Serenade ~ Stunning
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The Racine Symphony Orchestra would like to thank the following sponsors:

This project has been supported by a grant from SC Johnson.

Marjorie L. Christiansen Foundation

"This program is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts."


The Racine Symphony Orchestra is a proud member of the following organizations:

"Rising Stars" Masterworks Concert - Season Finale
    Join us for our spectacular finale to our 2015-16 Season on Saturday, April 23. "Rising Stars" will begin at 7:30 pm at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave.
     Special guest artists for the evening include our Young Artists' Competition winner, Kayla Olstinske, and student-musicians participating in our Side-by-Side Youth Invitational.
     Ms. Olstinske will delight with an encore of her winning performance of Guilmant's Morceau Symphonique, Op. 88 on the trombone. Additional Young Artists' Competition participants, as well as members of the Lakeshore Youth Philharmonic, will perform Haydn's Symphony No. 103 alongside their Orchestra mentors as part of the Side-by-Side Youth Invitational. The Orchestra will also entertain with Brahms' Serenade No. 1.
     Tickets to "Rising Stars" are $23 in advance and $25 at the door. Students 20 and under receive free admission. Tickets are available by calling 262-636-9285 or clicking here.  
Construction Alert - Northwestern Ave
     The NORTHBOUND lanes of Northwestern Ave from Rapids Ave to Memorial Drive are closed due to construction. This includes
Theatre Guild access.
     Detour route: Northbound Memorial Drive to Westbound Rapids Drive to Southbound Northwestern Ave.
     To view additional detour information click here. For more information on the closure, visit the Wisconsin DOT project page by clicking here.
2016 Young Artists' Competition Winners
We are thrilled to announce the winners of our 2016 Young Artists' Competition, held on February 14:

First Place: Kayla Olstinske
Second Place: Matthew Udry
Third Place:  Rachel Riese

     Ms. Olstinske will perform an encore of her winning performance at our April 23 Masterworks Concert. All Young Artists' Competition participants are invited to participate in the Side-by-Side Youth Invitational, also at our April 23 concert.
     The top three finishers were awared a total of $1800 in scholarship cash. These scholarships were made possible by the generosity of Woodman's Markets and the Kiwanis Club of West Racine.
2015-16 Patron Drive
    Our Annual Patron Drive is in full swing. You can still make a big difference with your financial support of the RSO.
    Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, all new donations and increases in established donations will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $42,500!
     Please, donate today by visiting our website, calling the RSO office at 262-636-9285 or mailing your donation to:

Racine Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 1874
Racine, WI  53401

    New giving options are available, including a directed donation to the Middle School Mentorship Program and instrumental chairs, as well as monthly giving plans. One of our six income streams, the Patron Drive helps to make our concerts and music education programs possible - most of these are offered free of charge.
     Thank you for supporting the Racine Symphony Orchestra.

Musician Bio
Tobie Wilkinson 
Get you know your Racine Symphony Orchestra musicians! We recently asked our musicians to share a little bit about themselves and are thrilled to share their responses with you:
Photo: Tobie Wilkinson


How long have you performed with the RSO?
For over 10 years

When did you first start playing your instrument?
Started on trumpet in 5 th grade, but switched to percussion in 8 th Grade and have been playing that ever since.

What is your favorite piece to play?
Any Mahler Symphony!!!! I also enjoy Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky.

What motivates you to keep playing?
The enjoyment I get from performing and entertaining listener.

What advice do you have for young musicians and those just starting to learn an instrument?
Be patient!!! Practice EVERY day...even if it's for a short time. Make sure you have a qualified teacher that gets you started correctly. The first few lessons are some of the most crucial.
Please Support Our Advertisers
Each month we highlight businesses who advertise in our Season Program Book. Please support them and let them know that you heard about them through the Racine Symphony Orchestra!

- Master Appliance
-D.W. Davies
-Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home
-First Weber Group Realtors
-Racine Dental Group
MP3 Player Collection for Music Therapy Patients
      Did you know that music can reach patients afflicted with Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias? Listening to familiar, emotion-evoking music can help reestablish connections between these patients and the world around them.

YouTube video demonstrating the ability of familiar music to reach those suffering from dementia.

     Racine Habitat for Humanity is collecting new and used MP3 players (including iPods) to benefit patients at St. Monica's Senior Citizens Home. Donations may be dropped of at Racine Habitat for Humanity's Restore Store, 2302 DeKoven Ave (Tuesday & Thursday 10-4, Saturday 9-4 or in the drop box after hours) or at the RSO office.
     A receipt for tax purposes will be provided by Habitat for Humanity upon request. For more information on this program and how to help, please call (262) 898-2929.
Support the RSO with Amazon Smile
      Shopping for everyday items on Amazon? With just one step, the  purchases you make can support the RSO. It's easy to set up and free to use. Just click here to specify the Racine Symphony Orchestra as your charity of choice.
     Click here to learn more about the Amazon Smile program.
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