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“Recognizing that these are hard times”
“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.”
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.
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.”