Holidays with the Symphony concert is Saturday

CLINTON — “Holidays with the Symphony,” the popular annual concert of seasonal music by the Clinton Symphony Orchestra, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Vernon Cook Theater at Clinton High School.

Music Director and Conductor Brian Dollinger has programmed music ranging from festive 16th and 17th century celebrations, through the 19th century “Nutcracker Suite,” to contemporary holiday music from stage, screen and television. The traditional program also includes a carol sing-along, inviting the audience to sing familiar carols with the orchestra.

Opening the program is a fanfare written for antiphonal brass by Giovanni Gabrieli, composed in the 16th century for performance from the two choir lofts of San Marco church in Venice.

Other familiar music prepared by the 50-piece orchestra will include an arrangement of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas by legendary Broadway arranger Robert Russell Bennett, Mel Tormé’s Christmas Song, and an arrangement of music from the Canadian Brass. Two of Leroy Anderson’s traditional pieces, Sleigh Ride and Christmas Festival are also on the program.

Full programming details and some notes on the music to be performed are available on the Symphony’s website at

Tickets for the concert will be available at the door, or in advance at Tegeler Music in Clinton, Fitzgerald Pharmacy in Morrison, Illinois, or Grummert’s Hardware in Sterling, Illinois. Adult admission is $20, and all students are admitted free of charge. In addition, any student may sponsor an accompanying adult for a half-price ticket.

The Holiday Concert marks the mid-point of the Symphony’s 65th concert season. Upcoming are a Feb. 9 performance featuring an area high school musician who will be chosen from auditions in January, and an April 27 concert with guest soloist, pianist Lorraine Min.