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One of our primary goals as a symphony orchestra is expanding musical education opportunities in the Racine community, both by increasing children’s exposure to music and by encouraging and supporting young musicians in their pursuits. It is a task that we do not take lightly, but enjoy the positive effects of a great deal. Our hope is that someday, now or in the future, you will be able to enjoy the positive effects of our work towards improving musical education opportunities in Racine County. The culmination of some of our recent work is highlighted below.

Concert for fifth-grade students: “Compose Yourself!” by Jim Stephenson

Geared toward sparking the musical interests and perhaps even cultivating the musical abilities of elementary age students, the annual concert for fifth-grade students continues to draw thousands of children from throughout Racine County. Other members of the community are always welcome to attend this free program.

To be held on Tuesday, March 18, at Grace Church, 3626 Highway 31, “Compose Yourself!” concerts will begin at 9:15 a.m. and again at 10:45 a.m. In the strictest sense, these programs will not be concerts, but rather interactive musical collaborations with orchestra musicians.

New! Sunday Masterworks Concert

You asked for the return of Sunday concerts and we delivered. “Afternoon Introductions” will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, at First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave. Special guest artist for this concert is Sahun “Sam” Hong, winner of the 2012 Piano Arts North American Competition. Hong will perform Chopin’s “Piano Concerto in No. 2 in F Minor.” Additional pieces to be performed by the orchestra include Haydn’s “Symphony number 7 in C,” “Le Midi” and Faure’s “Masques et bergamasques, op. 112.” Tickets for this concert are $23 in advance and $25 at the door; students ages 20 and under are admitted free.

Free recital by the RSO’s 2013 artist in residence

Classical guitarist Rene Izquierdo returns to perform a free recital. Members of the public are invited to attend at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 23, at Holy Communion Lutheran Church, 2000 W. Sixth St.

Season finale concert on April 26: “Old Clock, New Hands”

Join us in ushering out the 2013-14 season at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave. Special guest performer will be the winner of the Young Artists Competition, who will perform an encore of their solo piece. Additional special guests will include local high school students who, as part of the side by side youth invitational, will shadow an orchestra member during performance week. Students and orchestra members alike will perform Haydn’s Symphony number 101, “The Clock.” Tickets are $23 in advance and $25 at the door; students ages 20 and under are admitted free.

Please help — We need pictures of veterans

With the 70th anniversary of D-Day approaching and so few of our veterans from that era still with us, the RSO is planning a special tribute to all of our nation’s veterans during the June 27 Summer Pops concert. We are asking the community to provide us with pictures of veterans, in uniform or in a context where their military service is apparent; we will use these images as a movie backdrop for patriotic music. Veterans’ photos are welcome from any and all wars and branches of service.

We are accepting photo submissions in three ways. First, contributors may scan photos and email them to bonnie@racinesymphony.org. Second, photos may be brought into our office during business hours. Lastly, photos may be mailed to: Racine Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 1874, Racine, WI 53401. We highly recommend photo submission in person or via email.

For more information on programming or to purchase tickets, visit www.racinesymphony.org, call (262) 636-9285 or stop by the office at 800 Center St., Suite 120 (Tuesdays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

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