CLINTON — Clinton Symphony Orchestra will soar on the wings of legendary birds for the opening concert of its 54th season, and the beginning of “A New Era of Excellence.”

The symphony’s newly appointed Music Director and Conductor, Brian Dollinger, has created a program that includes the overture to the opera “The Thieving Magpie” by Rossini, “The Swan of Tounela” by Sibelius and the “Mother Goose Suite” by Ravel. The major work of the evening will be “Firebird Suite” by Stravinsky, based on Russian legend.

Dollinger was hired by the symphony from a field of candidates who conducted the orchestra’s concerts last season. He was the clear choice of the orchestra’s musicians, the governing board and the concert audiences. He is also conductor and music director of the Muscatine Symphony and the Bradley University Orchestra in Peoria.

The concert is at 8 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium at Morrison High School in Morrison, Ill. Advance tickets are available at Fitzgerald Pharmacy in Morrison, England Music Center in Clinton and Grummert’s Hardware in Sterling.

Admission prices are $12 for adults and $5 for high school and college students. Students through eighth grade are admitted free. Concert tickets, as well as season subscriptions, will be available at the door of the concert.

An “Overture to the Season” dinner for the orchestras supporters and musicians will precede the concert at 6 p.m. Reservations are required by Wednesday, and can be made by telephone at (815) 625-0922, or by e-mail to

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