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March 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:

Frances Bedford
Photo: UW-Parkside
"Purely Classical" - Masterworks Concert
     Enjoy the Racine Symphony Orchestra's first Masterworks concert of 2016 on Sunday, March 6. Located in Frances Bedford Concert Hall at UW-Parkside, 900 Wood Road in Kenosha, the concert will include Special Guest Artist Frances Bedford herself!
     Ms. Bedford will delight you with her performance of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #3 on the harpsichord. Accompanying Ms. Bedford will be a chamber-sized orchestra, including Maestro Pasquale Laurino on the violin. The Orchestra will also perform Mozart's Serenata Notturno, Telemann's Don Quixote Suite and Haydn's Symphony #43.
     The concert begins at 3:00 pm. At 2:00 pm, Ms. Bedford will make a presentation focusing on the harpsichord, Bach, Mozart and Haydn.
     General admission tickets are $23 in advance and $25 at the door. Students 20 and under receive free general admission to this and all Racine Symphony Orchestra concerts. Click here to purchase tickets to "Purely Classical." 
"Concert for Fifth Grade Students" - FREE Community Concert
     Join us at Grace Church, 3626 Hwy 31 at either 9:15 or 10:45 am on Tuesday, March 15 for one of these 45 minute-long interactive presentations. Attendees will learn about the structure of the orchestra, including instruments and instrument families, as well as basic music composition techniques. Be prepared to participate - many components of the Concerts are audience-directed! Ample free parking is available and the building is handicap accessible.
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
Shannon O'Leary 
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: Shannon O'Leary

How long have you performed with the RSO?   2 years
When did you first start playing your instrument?  20 years ago

What is your favorite piece to play?
Dvorak's "A Minor Violin Concerto"

What advice do you have for young musicians and those just starting to learn an
instrument?  If possible, practice during the times you most feel like practicing. Also, plan out your practice time: don't just put in the hours; plan them out so they're effective hours. And take a break if you sense yourself getting frustrated.  
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!

- Kontra & Associates
- Landmark Title
- Berkley, Iselin & Lotz
- O&H Bakery
- Miller's Flowers
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.
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


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

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Racine, WI 53403