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February 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:

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.

2016 Young Artists Competition
2015 YAC winner Alexander Zhu performing at the Competition.
Photo: Tammy Leverich
    The 2016 Competition will take place on Sunday, February 14, beginning at 1:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave. The public is welcome to attend this FREE program.
     The top three finishers will receive scholarship cash: $800 for first place, $600 for second place and $400 for third place. The top finisher will entertain with an encore or his or her winning performance at our April 23, 2016 Masterworks Concert.
     Scholarships for the Young Artists' Competition are made possible by a generous donation from Woodman's Markets. 
Musician Bio
Charles Finton - Trumpet
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: Charles Finton

How long have you performed with the RSO? In Spring, 2016 I will have played 11

When did you first start playing your instrument? I started playing trumpet in the sixth grade, although I had "goofed around" with it before that.

What is your favorite piece to play? Ever, or at the moment?! Seriously, this is a tough
question for me to answer. There are some things I play over and over again that I
never get tired of. Handel's "Messiah" is one that comes to mind as well as
Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker".

What advice do you have for young musicians and those just starting to learn an
instrument? Have fun, most of all! Find a really good teacher, practice hard, but enjoy
the process, because it takes time to become a good musician. Be patient with yourself
and know that if you keep practicing the right things you will improve.
Veterans Photo Submission
      Are you a veteran or do you know a veteran who would like their picture included in the movie as part of our June 2016 patriotic-themed Pops Concert? We are accepting photos of Racine-area veterans (from their service days) to include in the presentation.  
     Those who submitted information previously need not send additional photos.
Please email a jpeg file of your photo along with the name of the veteran(s) in it and their branch of service to All information must be received by February 29, 2016 to be included in the presentation.
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!

- Rasmussen Diamonds
- Wheaton Franciscan
-Hospice Alliance
-CRB Insurance
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.
     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.
2015-16 Concert Season
Symphony ~ Serenade ~ Stunning


Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 3:00 pm
Frances Bedford Concert Hall
UW Parkside, 900 Wood Road

"Rising Stars" - Masterworks Concert - Season Finale
Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 7:30 pm
Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave



Free Community Concerts


Young Artists' Competition - Sponsored by Kiwanis Club of West Racine, Woodman's Markets and the Racine Founders Rotary Club Foundation 

Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 1:00 pm

First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Avenue


Concert for Fifth Grade Students - Sponsored by Educators Credit Union

"Compose Yourself!" by Jim Stephenson

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 9:15 and 10:45 am
Grace Church, 3626 Hwy 31

Thank You to the Wisconsin Arts Board
Last month the RSO received a generous grant renewal from the Wisconsin Arts Board. We thank them for the support and for all of the work that they do in support of all arts programs throughout Wisconsin. To learn more about the Wisconsin Arts Board and their work, click here.

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