The Racine Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce our 2014-15 season. Though autonomous, each concert cohesively and collectively contributes to our season theme of “Honoring Our Past, Composing Our Future.” Part of what we hope to convey to our loyal patrons is a sense of valuing, embracing and learning from all — young and old, fresh and seasoned. As always, we hope that our music entertains you. Perhaps it will also spark something new — maybe a new-found interest in a composer or perhaps provide inspiration to a young music student. We hope that you enjoy this season as we honor our past and compose our future.
“Honoring our Past” — Summer Pops, 7 p.m. Friday, June 27, Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.).
This evening will be filled with patriotic music including marches, anthems and more. The sounds of Sousa, Williams and more will resonate through Festival Hall as we pay tribute to veterans with a special montage, a pictorial presentation of our local heroes. Bob Benson, local actor and singer, returns to sing your favorite patriotic tunes.
“Music for a Summer Evening,” “Sophisticated Swing” — special event, 5-8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread.
Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, desserts and beverages with the stunning and serene backdrop of Wingspread. Bask in the beautiful music of symphony musicians and take a guided tour of Wingspread. Bid on items in silent and voice auctions including artwork, sporting events, restaurant certificates, lodging and more.
“Great Orchestral Film Music Festival” — Summer Pops at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.).
Enjoy emotion-stirring music from silver screen blockbusters’ great composers. All you need to bring is popcorn. You are certain to recognize pieces such as John Williams’ Theme from “ET,” Kilar’s “The Pianist,” Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” Morricone’s Gabriel’s “Oboe from The Mission” and more.
“Composing our Future” Masterworks Concert, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave.
Delve into the world premiere of Ilya Levinson’s “Concerto for Cello and Orchestra,” performed by our 2011 artist in residence, Ian Maksin. Let Mozart’s opera “Cosi fan tutte” captivate you. Close the evening with one of Beethoven’s self-described “best works,” “Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92.”
“Holidays Past …… and Future” — Holiday Pops at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St.
Enjoy your holiday favorites with a fresh twist with exciting new arrangements by composer Jim Stephenson. Compose some new holiday memories. Listen to our high school chorus and raise your own voice during the audience sing along. Santa is watching, so no lip-synching.
“New Voices” Masterworks Concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8, 2015, Francis Bedford Concert Hall, UW-Parkside, 900 Wood Road, Somers.
Explore the musical voice of Julliard-trained composer Cristina Spinei in her 2010 composition, Synched. Get swept away to the old South in Barber’s lyric rhapsody, “Knoxville Summer of 1915,” with special guest artist, soprano Alicia Berneche. Nathan Wesselowski, tenor, and The Choral Arts Society will join Berneche in performing Handel’s “Ode to St. Cecilia.”
“A Composition in Time” — Masterworks Concert, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015, Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave.
Treat yourself to the orchestra’s performance of Cherubini’s “Symphony in D” and Brahms’ romantic variations on a “Theme of Haydn.” Celebrate promising student musicians as we welcome the winner of our Young Artists Competition and Racine County high school string students in our Side by Side Youth Invitational.
Free community concerts
Young Artists’ Competition — Sponsored by Kiwanis Club of West Racine, 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave.
Concert for Fifth Grade Students — Sponsored by Educators Credit Union “Compose Yourself!” by Jim Stephenson 9:15 and 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at Grace Church, 3626 Highway 31, Caledonia.
Tickets and additional information available only at www.racinesymphony.org; by calling the Racine Symphony Orchestra office at 262-636-9285; or at the office, 800 Center St., Suite 120 (Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.). Tickets are not available at the Racine Theatre Guild or UW-Parkside.