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The Racine Symphony Orchestra will kick off its 82nd season at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 28, at Racine Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St., with the first of two summer pops concerts.Join the RSO as they travel back in time to enjoy the works of some of America’s finest and best known composers, true “American Originals,” from the 20s through the 50s.

Under the direction of its artistic director, Maestro Pasquale Laurino, the symphony will perform pieces composed by George Gershwin and Leroy Anderson, including “An American in Paris,” written by Gershwin in 1928, and “The Typewriter and Blue Tango,” composed by Anderson in 1950 and 1951, respectively.

At this inaugural concert of its 2013-14 season, also join the RSO in recognizing the promotion of violinist Dr. Alexander “Sascha” Mandl to concertmaster. Mandl began performing with the symphony in 2011 at both pops and classical concerts. In this new position, Mandl will serve as a leader of the 60-plus musician orchestra, assisting the Laurino, while continuing to perform as first chair violin.

The RSO is proud to be giving back to the community. Bring unopened over-the-counter cold medicine to be distributed by the Racine Health Care Network.

Jazz in July

Come and join the RSO on the warm summer evening of July 23 at The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, 33 E 4 Mile Road. This special event, “Music for a Summer Evening — Jazz in July,” will run from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful garden-like setting while delighting in the live music of symphony musicians, including violinist Nancy Maio as well as guitarist Gary Hofstad, the Mike Gudbaur Quartet and the Crawford Jazz Trio. Savor elegant hors d’oeuvres and refreshing beverages, followed by exquisite deserts and coffee. Prior to the concert be sure to take a free tour of Wingspread, former H.F.Johnson residence designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Tickets for this special event are $75 and $50 of this ticket is tax deductible.

Also plan ahead to bid on items in the live auction:

• Accommodations in a three bedroom condo, minutes from Disney World; available March 8-15, 2014.

• Stunning sterling silver and amethyst ring from Rasmussen Diamonds.

• Afternoon tea at the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago with Maestro Laurino.

• Two hours of live music by “Elegant Music Services” trio.

• Additional items in the silent auction.

John Williams in August

As summer winds down, join the RSO as it celebrates Racine at 7 p.m. on Aug. 23 at Racine Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St. Highlighting the second pops concert of the Racine Symphony Orchestra season are local performing artists Curt Hanrahan, saxophonist and flutist, and Bob Benson, actor and singer, as well as the full orchestra.

Last year Maestro Laurino asked what you wanted to hear at our concerts — you answered and donated the music. Enjoy the unmistakable sounds of John Williams’ “The Mission” and “The Star Wars Suite.” Perhaps there will be a Jedi or Darth Vader in the audience.

The RSO continues to honor members of our armed forces. Any active duty or reserve member of the armed forces will be admitted to the concert free with a military ID.

To purchase tickets to any concert or for additional information, contact the RSO at (262) 636-9285, visit the website at www.racinesymphony.org or email executive director Bonnie Prochaska at bonnie@racinesymphony.

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