A letter from Pasquale

Posted on: August 17th, 2020 by Racine Symphony Orchestra No Comments
RSO Conductor Pasquale Laurino

Dear Friends,

The calamity of the COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly affected us all. The devastating toll that this virus has caused in human life, economic hardship and social disruption is incalculable. The performing arts, which has so often been a cathartic balm for a troubled world has been silenced by the health concerns for both our performers and our audience. Throughout these difficult months, we have never forgotten the tremendous support that our patrons have provided us over the years. During the months of quarantine, our musicians have found ways to continue to serve our community. Some have given music lessons on Zoom or FaceTime and posted short videos of solo pieces. As well intentioned as all of these virtual projects are, there is nothing that replaces the live performing experience. This season marks my 10th anniversary with the Racine Symphony Orchestra. I was appointed conductor after the orchestra was forced to cancel half its season in 2009, due to financial challenges. We came back stronger in the next decade and with a renewed commitment to dedicate ourselves to making music for this community. I feel we are at that moment now, a reboot to recommit ourselves to the best that life has to offer. As Plato wrote, ‎”Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.”

Pasquale Laurino