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CLINTON — The Clinton Symphony Orchestra has announced the programs for its 66th concert season opening in September.

The 55-musician regional orchestra, conducted by Music Director Brian Dollinger, will offer a variety of concerts throughout the area.

Opening the season will be a program titled “From the Countryside,” featuring three orchestral works describing rural settings. Composer Bela Bartok’s “Rumanian Folk Dances,” a suite of music from Aaron Copland’s ballet “Appalachian Spring,” and Antonin Dvorak’s famous “New World Symphony” are on the program. Opening night is Sept. 21 in Centennial Auditorium at Sterling High School in Sterling, Illinois.

A charter bus from Clinton, through Fulton and Morrison, Illinois is available to concert-goers, sponsored by Community State Bank and the Symphony. Seats on the bus may be reserved by calling (563) 219-8084.

Musicians of the Clinton Symphony will be featured in a concert of chamber music the afternoon of Nov. 10 at Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton. The program, titled “The Music of Friendships”, will feature small ensembles of musicians performing some of the great music composers wrote for and performed for intimate groups of friends.

The Symphony’s annual holiday season concert will be performed on Dec. 14 in Clinton High School’s Vernon Cook Theater, with familiar music of the season, including a carol sing-along, and the voices of Clinton’s RiverChor.

The year 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, and the orchestra will mark the occasion with a concert on Feb. 15 in the Morrison High School Auditorium. A special treat will be a performance of the composer’s spectacular and antiphonal “Wellington’s Victory” with assistance of some area high school musicians. Also on the program are the composer’s spirited “Symphony No. 7,” and the orchestra’s annual Young Artist Auditions soloist chosen from area high school musicians.

Violinist Naha Greenholtz, concertmaster of the Quad City Symphony, will be the featured soloist for a concert April 25 in Clinton High School’s Vernon Cook Theater. She will perform Eduardo Lalo’s “Symphonie Espagnole” with the orchestra. Also on the program is the dramatic and masterful “Symphony No. 5” by Tchaikovsky.

The season will conclude with the annual “A Symphonic Affair” gathering on June 5, followed by an outdoor pops concert in Clinton’s Riverview Park on June 7.

Funds for the Symphony’s Annual Fund are also being solicited in preparation for the new season. The fund represents more than a third of the budget for the season, and a count of financial supporters early in the season is helpful in soliciting fund from large corporations and foundations.

Season tickets are also available up to and including the first concert, and are $75, a savings of 25% over the price of tickets for the individual concerts. Purchasers are encouraged to utilize any of their unused tickets to introduce guests to later concerts. Students are always admitted free of charge to Clinton Symphony concerts.

Contributions to the Annual Fund and purchase of season tickets can be mailed to Clinton Symphony Orchestra, Box 116, Clinton, IA 52733-0116. Contributions, purchases, as well as general information is always available on the Symphony’s website at www.clintonsymphony.org, or by email to execdirector@clintonsymphony.org