A Letter From Pasquale and Jonathan

Greetings to One and All!

We have planned terrific music for you during the Racine Symphony’s 92nd season.

Summer would not be the same in Racine without summer concerts! The RSO String Quartet will perform at the first ever summer Musical Flights wine tasting featuring wines from California. The Lakeside Pops concert—for the first time in 15 years—will exclusively feature music from great film scores such as Indiana Jones, Lawrence of Arabia, Vertigo, The Avengers, The Incredibles, Star Wars, The Mission, and many more.

For the third season, more of the popular Musical Flights performances are scheduled. These informal chamber music concerts and wine tastings take place at downtown Racine’s wine bar, Uncorkt. Scheduled in Fall and late Winter, Musical Flights create wonderful opportunities to meet and talk with RSO musicians after each performance, along with tasting different wines provided by Uncorkt. What could be better than a little classical music with wine and good company!

The Fall Masterworks concert will feature the stunningly virtuosic Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Principal Bassoonist Catherine Van Handel in a performance of Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto. J. S. Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 1, Ernest Bloch’s Concerto Grosso No. 1, Peter Warlock’s Capriol Suite round out a gorgeous program that will also include a work entitled Strum, created by rising star Jessie Montgomery, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Composer-in-Residence.

The Holiday Pops will feature the superlative soprano Colleen Brooks and welcome back Racine’s high school choirs to celebrate with magical holiday music and sing-a-long’s. This concert is always the most popular of the season and we are thrilled to work with our young people, once again!

The final concert is all about big, sweeping emotions. We welcome to Racine the brilliant pianist Einav Yarden from Berlin, Germany to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, aptly nicknamed the “Emperor Concerto.” Ms. Yarden is a an artist of sublime skill, intellect, and emotional depth. This is a rare opportunity to hear her in the U.S. Along with the winner of the Young Artist Compeitition, the concluding work of this concert—and for the season—will be Ottorino Resphigi’s Pines of Rome. We guarantee you will be on your feet by the end of the performance!

Warmest regards,

Pasquale Laurino, Artistic Director
Jonathan Winkle, Executive Director