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2016-17 Season Ticket Brochure!
October 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:

October Masterworks Concert

Guest Artist and the 2016 RSO Artist-in-Residence Kelsey Molinari
     Join us for the first Masterworks Concert of our celebratory 85th Season on Sunday, October 9 at 3:00 pm. Frances Bedford Concert Hall at UW-Parkside, 900 Wood Road, will fill with the beautiful sounds of the works of Handel and Haydn. The Orchestra will perform Handel's Arrival of the Queen of Sheba; Purcell's The Fairy Queen, Suite #1; and Haydn's Queen Symphony (La Reine) #85. Guest artist Kelsey Molinari will entertain with Handel's Harp Concerto in B flat Major, Op. 4 No. 6 alongside the Orchestra.
     Concert attendees are invited to attend two free events associated with this Concert. A PreConcert Conversation led by Dr. James Crowley will begin at 2:00 pm in Bedford Hall. UW-Parkside's College of Arts & Humanities and Dean Lesley Walker will host a post-concert reception.
     General admission tickets are $23 in advance and $25 at the door. Students 20 and under receive free general admission. For more information and to purchase tickets click here to visit our website or call the RSO office at 262-636-9285.
Artist-in-Residence Kelsey Molinari
Musician Bio -
Kelsey Molinari

How long have you played the harp?
Almost 20 years. I started with piano lessons in grade school then added cello lessons in fourth grade. I was terrible at both. At my first harp lesson in fifth grade I was smitten.

What advice do you have for young musicians and those just starting to learn an instrument?
Our world is obsessed with instant gratification. Learning an instrument is an exercise in very delayed gratification. Every minute of practicing or studying a score or listening to a recording is like a grain of sand You put them all together and after a long time, you'll have a beautiful beach to enjoy.

What do you look forward to most about being the RSO's Artist-in-Residence?
I'm looking forward to sharing the harp with the Racine community! It is such a mysterious instrument that is kept in the back of the orchestra and I will do my best to demystify the harp. I hope the audiences experience the beauty of the harp and joy of classical music!

2016-17 Season Schedule

Masterworks Concert
Sunday, October 9, 2016
3:00 pm
Frances Bedford Concert Hall
UW-Parkside, 900 Wood Road

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 
Patron Drive
    Our Annual Patron Drive continues. Although we have made great progress, we are still pursuing our fundraising goal and need your help!
    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.

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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!

Dr. Mark D. Lenz
Racine Arts Council
Racine Concert Band
Racine Theatre Guild
Wisconsin Public Radio
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
      Are you already an Amazon customer? Then with just one simple step you can designate the RSO as a beneficiary of your purchases. Most household, clothing and electronics items - including those useful for the upcoming holiday season - qualify for this program. 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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