Symphony concludes 61st season


CLINTON — The Clinton Symphony Orchestra will close its 61st concert season this weekend with a program of threes. 

The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Clinton High School’s Vernon Cook Theater.

Conductor Brian Dollinger has chosen the “Orchestral Suite No. 3” by Johann Sebastian Bach, the “Symphony No. 3” by Joseph Haydn, and the “Symphony No. 3” by Ludwig van Beethoven for the program. 

The early Bach Suite includes an Overture and an Air, followed by several dance forms of the day. The Air in this suite has become famous on its own as a violin solo. Haydn’s Symphony was written about 50 years later, and is one of his early compositions.

Beethoven studied with Haydn, but his third symphony, known as “Eroica,” took the symphony form a great leap forward. Originally dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte, the composer erased the dedication when Napoleon declared himself an emperor. He changed the dedication “to the memory of a great man.”

Brian Dollinger is completing his eighth season as music director and conductor of the orchestra. 

Tickets for Saturday’s concert are available at the door, or in advance at Tegeler Music in Clinton, Fitzgerald Pharmacy in Morrison, Illinois, and Grummert’s Hardware in Sterling, Illinois. Adult tickets are $15, and student admission is $5. All students through eighth grade are admitted free.

Full program notes and descriptions of the music to be played is on the symphony’s website at

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