Moises Molina, a cello professor at Western Illinois University, will be the featured soloist with the Clinton Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Vernon Cook Theater at Clinton High School, 817 Eighth Ave. South in Clinton.
Molina will perform the “Cello Concerto” by Antonin Dvorak with the orchestra under the baton of Brian Dollinger. The program is devoted to the music of Dvorak, who spent a summer in the northeast Iowa village of Spillville. Other pieces on the program include a pair of Slavonic dances and the “Czech Suite,” both of which are based on characteristic sounds of Dvorak’s Bohemian homeland.
Molina appears regularly as a soloist and a chamber musician in the United States, Central and South America and Europe. During the summer he performs and teaches cello and chamber music in Italy and St. Augustine, Fla. He has been the principal cellist with the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera Orchestra and was awarded an orchestra fellowship to the Aspen music festival in Colorado.
Saturday’s concert marks the end of Clinton Symphony Orchestra’s 58th concert season. Upcoming events include a free outdoor concert in Clinton's Riverview Park on June 3 and “A Symphonic Affair” on June 8, the annual benefit social event for the symphony.
Advance tickets for Saturday’s concert are available at England Music Center in Clinton, Fitzgerald Pharmacy in Morrison, Ill., and Grummert’s Hardware in Sterling, Ill. Tickets will also be available at the door on concert night. Adult admission is $12 and students are $5. Students through eighth grade are admitted free with their families.
Sterling Federal Bank and the symphony will offer a bus from Sterling through Morrison to the concert. Information and reservations are available by calling (815) 815-625-0539 or a bank office at (815) 626-0614 or (815) 772-7256.
Concert information and notes about the music, which will be played, are available on the symphony’s website at www.clintonsymphony.org.