Conductor Brian Dollinger has chosen works of two American composers and a clarinet soloist for the season’s first program of the Clinton Symphony Orchestra.

The first concert is scheduled for Sept. 24 at Centennial Auditorium in Sterling. Titled “American’s Heartbeat,” the program will open with David Stern’s “We Stand for Freedom: In Memoriam, September 11th, 2001,” and include the second symphony or Howard Hanson, a Wahoo, Neb., native who founded and developed the Eastman School of Music. Clarinetist Eric Ginsberg, a member of the Western Illinois University music faculty, will perform a clarinet concerto by Carl Maria von Weber with the orchestra.

The “Holidays with the Symphony” concert will be Dec. 10 in Vernon Cook Theater at Clinton High School. The program will include seasonal music with the 55-piece orchestra and other area performing groups.

“The Music of Friendships” on Jan. 22 will feature chamber music ensembles prepared by area musicians. The concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday at Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton.

Each year, the symphony holds young artist auditions, open to area high school students. From these auditions, a student is selected to perform as soloist with the symphony. This season’s performance is Feb. 25 at the Morrison High School Auditorium. Titled “The Magic of Youth,” the program will also include “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” the overture to Mozart’s opera “Magic Flute,” and movie music from the “Harry Potter” series.

The formal concert series concludes with a program of music by Antonin Dvorak, who enjoyed a summer in Spillville. The April 21 concert will be at Vernon Cook Theater, and will feature Moises Molina, professor of cello at Western Illinois University, as soloist in Dvorak’s cello concerto.

The symphony and Community State Bank will continue to offer a bus from Clinton, through Fulton, Ill., and Morrison, to the concert in Sterling, and this season has added similar service from Clinton to the February concert in Morrison. Reservations can be made by calling 243-5958.

Season tickets for the symphony’s five-concert series are available now for $50 for adults and $15 for high school and college students. Students through eighth grade are admitted free to all of the concerts. Season tickets are available by mail to Clinton Symphony Orchestra, PO Box 116, Clinton IA 52733-0116, by telephone to (815) 625-0922, or email at execdirector@clintonsymphony.org.

Tickets for individual concerts will go on sale approximately two weeks before the event at England Music in Clinton, Fitzgerald Pharmacy in Morrison and Grummert’s Hardware in Sterling. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students.

The Clinton Symphony Orchestra also presents two events in early June, including a free outdoor pops concert June 3, and an annual benefit event and auction June 8.

Information, including schedules and program notes, is available on the symphony’s website at www.clintonsymphony.org.

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