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2016-17 Season Ticket Brochure!
December 2016

In This Issue

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:

Holiday Pops Concert
December 9

 Pops Guest Artist Bob Benson
      Our Holiday Pops Concert is just around the corner! Join the RSO, with special guests Bob Benson and Racine County choral arts students on Friday, December 9 for this festive concert. Doors to Festival Hall, 5 Fifth Street, open at 5:30 with the Concert beginning at 7:00.
     Giving Back! Orchestras Feeding America National Food Drive - Please bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Racine County Food Bank. Click here for more information on requested donations.
     General admission tickets are $23 in advance and $25 at the door. Students 20 and under receive free general admission. Click here to purchase general admission tickets or call the RSO office at 262-636-9285.
Tickets for this Concert are selling fast - please purchase yours without delay!
Patron Drive
    As 2016 winds to a close, we again ask you to donate generously to our just-launched annual Patron Drive. It is donors like you who make our programs - concerts and music education - possible for thousands in the Racine community.
    We invite you to peruse the literature below and contact us with any questions.
     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

    Alternative 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.

RSO tuba player David Spies
Musician Bio -
David Spies

What is your favorite piece to play?
I love playing music of all types and periods, but I really enjoy late 19th and 20th century repertoire. I particularly like performing  Petroushka, Firebird, and The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky, and music of Dmitri Shostakovich and Paul Hindemith. However, Brahms' Second Symphony is a wonderful work as well. Orchestral arrangements of music by J.S. Bach as well as Bach Cello Suites are always rewarding.

What motivates you to keep playing?
The tuba was patented in 1835, so it is a relatively recent instrument. Even though over 2000 new works for tuba were composed in the last 40 years, historically there is no music originally composed by mainstream orchestral composers that included tuba until Brahms, Dvořák, and Tchaikovsky.

Click here to read David's entire interview.
2016-17 Season Schedule

Holiday Pops Concert
Friday, December 9, 2016
7:00 pm (Doors Open at 5:30 pm)
Festival Hall, 5 Fifth Street

Masterworks Concert - Season Finale
Saturday, April 8, 2017
7:30 pm
Frances Bedford Concert Hall
UW-Parkside, 900 Wood Road

Free Community Concerts

 Young Artists' Competition
Sponsored by Kiwanis Club of West Racine, Woodman's Markets and Racine Founders Rotary Club Foundation
Sunday, February 12, 2017
1:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave

Concert for Fifth Grade Students - Sponsored by Educators Credit Union
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
9:15 and 10:45 am
Grace Church, 3626 Hwy 31 
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!
Belle City Brassworks 
Lutheran High Thrift Shop
O&H Danish Bakery
Racine Community Foundation
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
     Use your holiday shopping to support the RSO! This program costs you, the shopper, absolutely nothing. All you must do is designate the RSO at your charity of choice by clicking here. Click here to learn more about the Amazon Smile program.
Community Event:
Visioning a Greater Racine

     You are invited to an important community event on Thursday, December 8, from 6 - 8 pm at Case High School Theater hosted by Visioning a Greater Racine. 
     Learn about Racine's rich history of invention, engage in a visioning session and hear how to be involved in this community-changing event. 
     Leaders from Vision a Greater Racine, United Way, Racine Police Department, the County Executive and Mayor's offices, RUSD, Greening Greater Racine, Gateway Technical College and Racine Revitalization Partnership will be presenting updates.
Share your input as we prepare for Racine's tomorrow! No registration is necessary and everyone is welcome. For more information email: 

Click here to view the event poster.
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Racine, WI 53403