“Recognizing that these are hard times”

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Ken and Ginny Yuska, longtime WCO concertgoers and donors, knew they needed to help.

“Everybody remembers the tough times,” says Ken. In a pandemic where hundreds of thousands have lost jobs, the musicians of the WCO have faced uncertainty in their careers unlike any other time in the orchestra’s history.

Ken and Ginny first attended a WCO concert not long after moving to Madison over 30 years ago. Ken eventually began serving on the Board of Directors. He is a doctor by profession and a dedicated double bassist as a lifelong avocation. Ginny is a lifelong music lover and values how the WCO’s music can reach everyone. “It’s music for the community,” Ginny says. “You don’t have to be a musician to enjoy and appreciate it.” 

“It’s music for the community; you don’t have to be a musician to enjoy and appreciate it.”
– Ginny Yuska

Over the years, they’ve seen the WCO perform in maybe every concert venue the Orchestra has played in during the last few decades. One of the most memorable performances they enjoyed was a concert featuring “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” Beethoven’s fifth symphony, and fireworks at the Grand Opening of Monona Terrace in 1997.

During the WCO’s current Winter Chamber Series of online concerts, the Yuskas are among the generous donors who are directly supporting WCO Musicians through our Musician Relief Fund

To offset the lost wages of musicians who have seen their chances to perform cut into a fraction of a normal year, the Yuskas will match the final $6,000 needed to reach the Fund’s $30,000 goal. Ken shares, “we’re honored to be able to give during these times.”

“I love to communicate through my music.”

WCO cellist Robin Hasenpflug shares about why she loves her instrument, her eclectic musical tastes, and what makes the WCO’s Winter Chamber Series special.

“I want to have that interaction with my audience.”
– Robin Hasenpflug, WCO Cellist
“We’re honored to be able to give during these times.”
– Ken Yuska

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