The resident conductor of the OSM becomes a citizen
MILWAUKEE – Several people became US citizens during a naturalization ceremony in Milwaukee. Milwaukee musicians might recognize one of those people who took the pledge of allegiance.
Right hand up, Thursday, June 3 was a big day for these new American citizens.
“It took me five years, so it’s a great moment,” said Christian Rodrigo.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Office in Milwaukee hosted the naturalization ceremony, reduced due to COVID-19, with smaller and distant groups taking the oath to become citizens.
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“I think this is a momentous occasion, and I am sad that due to the pandemic I cannot be here with my family and friends to celebrate it,” Katarina said.
For Rodrigo, it didn’t matter. After five years of paperwork and uncertainty, he said he was proud to be an official US citizen.
“I am happy,” he said. “It’s the feeling of accomplishment.”
Anyone who knows the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra could recognize one of Milwaukee’s newest US citizens.
“Now I really belong,” said Yaniv Dinur, MSO resident conductor.
Dinur, along with many others, said they were delighted to be able to fully participate in all of the rights that come with being a U.S. citizen.
“I’m excited about it, you know, to feel that my voice matters, that I can make a difference,” Dinur said.