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November 1, 2013

Symphony musicians to perform chamber music

CLINTON — Three groups of musicians from the Clinton Symphony Orchestra are scheduled to play at the orchestra’s annual concert of chamber music.

“The Music of Friendships” is at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at Zion Lutheran Church, 439 Third Ave. South in Clinton.

This is the 60th anniversary season for the symphony, and once each season the musicians perform in small groups in a more intimate venue. Music performed was especially composed for specific instruments and usually for a specific friends of the composer.

Opening the concert will be a Piano Trio (piano, violin, and cello) by Joseph Haydn, performed by three of the most senior musicians of the orchestra. Cathryn Styczynski of Polo, Ill., is the pianist. She was a member of the orchestra’s cello section for 20 years before her recent retirement. The violinist is Marilyn Jones of Polo and the cellist is Robert Whipple of Sterling, Ill., both of whom have been members of the orchestra for 40 years. At age 75, both stepped down from their leadership chairs in the orchestra, but continue to play in the orchestra as needed.

The only ongoing ensemble to perform Sunday will be a brass quintet, known as the MA Brass Quintet. The five friends have all played with the symphony, and have additional connections through area municipal bands. They will perform Victor Ewald’s Brass Quintet #2. Trumpets Aaron White and Jon James, and horn Elizabeth Judd all live in Sterling. Trombonist Mark Dempsey lives in Dixon, Ill., and tuba Mark Bressler in Mount Carroll, Ill.

The symphony’s woodwind section has long been recognized as a stable and proficient part of the orchestra, with some of the musicians in their positions for up to 30 years. Eight of them have prepared a Serenade by Mozart for this performance. All eight are either full-time members of the orchestra or the first-call substitute or extra player. All eight are music educators. Oboes are Barbara Lauff of Sterling and Nicole Kotman of Fulton, Ill., clarinets David Bean of Morrison, Ill., and Edward McMahon of Clinton, horns Alan Guss of Davenport and Elizabeth Judd of Sterling, and bassoons Thomas Wood of Davenport and Cheryl Neumann of Morrison.

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