Meet the Conductor-Pasquale Laurino
Artistic Director & Conductor
Conductor Pasquale Laurino was named Artistic Director of the Racine Symphony Orchestra for the 2011-12 season after a number of successful guest appearances with the orchestra dating back over a decade. Maestro Laurino enjoys a multi-faceted career as a conductor, violinist, educator, clinician and entrepreneur. He is the associate conductor of the Milwaukee Ballet, regularly conducting the perennial favorite, Nutcracker. Maestro Laurino has conducted the world premiere of Peter Pan, was well as standard repertoire, including Romeo and Juliet and Coppelia. Guest conducting appearances include the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Elmhurst Choral Union, LʼOpera Piccola, Light Opera Works, the Sheboygan Symphony, the Skokie Valley Symphony and the Skylight Opera Theatre. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and trained as a violinist and conductor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Indiana University, his principal teachers were Thomas Moore and Franco Gulli.
Pasquale Laurino began his professional career in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he has appeared regularly with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster of the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra and the Skylight Opera Theatre. It was in his capacity as concertmaster of the Milwaukee Opera Company that he was first approached to conduct his first opera, I Pagliacci. This “trial by fire” led to an invitation by John David Anello to conduct the popular Music Under the Stars series. For several years, Mr. Laurino was the conductor and later music director of some of the most important works in the symphonic, popular, musical theater and fully staged opera productions. He served as the artistic director of the chamber orchestra Sinfonia Concertante, where he led concerts from the concertmaster position. He was appointed conductor and artistic director of the Concord Chamber Orchestra from 1987-92. Maestro Laurinoʼs artistic home for over two decades has been the Skylight Opera Theatre where he has conducted everything from the bel canto masterworks Cosi fan Tutte, La Cenerentola, I Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Pasquale, The Abduction from the Seraglio and Lucia di Lammermoor to La Boheme and The King and I. In 2002, the Copland opera The Tender Land appeared on PBS with Maestro Laurino conducting and providing commentary during the intermission feature.
In 2004 he conducted the premiere production of Rachel Portmanʼs The Little Prince directed by Francesca Zambello. Long committed to music pedagogy, he has been on the faculty of Carroll College, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and the University of WI- Fox Valley as conductor, violin/viola teacher and as a chamber music coach. Maestro Laurino currently resides in Chicago where he plays baroque violin in Ars Antiqua, Baroque Band and Haydn on the Lake. Mr. Laurino has served as concertmaster for the Northwest Indiana ymphony, DuPage Opera and the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Laurino has participated in numerous festivals in Europe and the States including the Macerata Opera and Festivale della Valle dʼItria in Italy and the Gent Opera Festival in Belgium. In 2005 he joined the faculty of the Rocky Ridge Music Festival as conductor and violinist. He has recently completed a critically acclaimed series of performances of a new musical, A MINISTERʼS WIFE, produced at Lincoln Center in New York City and will soon return to NY to record the cast album.