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Closing out our pops season and kicking off your holiday cheer, our “Let it Snow” Holiday Pops Concert promises to thrill audience members of all ages. On at 7 p.m. Friday, at Racine Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St., the voices of hundreds of community members will rise together in our annual sing-along. High school students from Park High School, The Prairie School and Racine Lutheran High School will blend their vocal talents with the orchestra in the Christmas on Broadway choral medley.

Additional pieces on the evening’s repertoire include Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Snow Maiden,” “Dance of the Tumblers,” “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” and selections from “The Nutcracker” ballet. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Although all table seats are sold out, a limited number of general admission tickets for “Let it Snow” are still available for $23 in advance and $25 at the door. The RSO is a proud participant in the Giving Back! Orchestras Feeding America National Food Drive. Please bring non-perishable food items to the concert; donations will go to the Racine County Food Bank.

Masterworks Classical Series

Due to patron request, Sunday afternoon concerts are back, starting at 3 p.m. on March 9 at First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave. Enjoy the “Afternoon Introductions” of Haydn’s Symphony No. 7 in C, “Le Midi” and Faure’s “Masques et bergamasques, op. 112.” In collaboration with Milwaukee’s Piano Arts, the RSO is proud to announce special guest artist, Sahun Hong, the 2012 winner of the Piano Arts North American Competition, who will perform Chopin’s “Piano Concerto.”

“Old Clock, New Hands,” closes out the season on Saturday, April 26. Doors to the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave., open at 6:30 p.m., with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Special guests at this concert are the first place finisher of our annual Young Artists Competition, as well as high school students who will perform Haydn’s “Symphony No.101” — “The Clock,” with the Orchestra as part of our Side by Side Youth Invitational.

Focus on Youth music education and outreach

Every season, the RSO is honored to provide programs that encourage youth music education and performance. On Sunday, Feb. 9, music students from throughout southeastern Wisconsin will compete in the Young Artists Competition for the soloist spot at our April 26 Masterworks Concert, as well as a scholarship. Free and open to the public, the competition will begin at 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave.

On Tuesday, March 18 at 9:15 and 10:45 a.m., we will present our annual concert for fifth grade students at Grace Church, 3626 Highway 31, Caledonia. This year, we are excited to present “Compose Yourself” by Jim Stephenson.

Lastly, as part of our season finale concert on Saturday, April 26, high school students will have the unique experience of “shadowing” an orchestra member as part of our Side by Side Youth Invitational.

For more information, to purchase tickets or donate, visit www.racinesymphony.org, call the RSO at (262) 636-9285 or email Executive Director Bonnie Prochaska at bonnie@racinesymphony.org.

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