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Many people in Clinton take for granted two treasures we have here which are rare for a community our size: a professional baseball team and a symphony orchestra.

The Clinton LumberKings began their home season April 6, and I hope many fans will support the team this summer.

For music lovers, the Clinton Symphony Orchestra will provide the rare opportunity to hear a world class pianist play one of the great piano concerts on April 27 at Clinton High School's Vernon Cook Auditorium. Canadian pianist Lorraine Min will perform the 4th Piano Concerto of Saint-Saens.

Ms. Min was trained at the Peabody Conservatory and Julliard and has performed with orchestras in Canada, the U.S., Germany, France, the U.K., Italy, Switzerland, India and in South America and in some of the world's most important concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center's Concert Hall and New York's Avery Fisher Hall. The concert is free for children and adults accompanied by a child are admitted half price - $10 - a great opportunity for a family to spend a wonderful evening together and an inexpensive one at that.

In addition to the concerto, the orchestra will perform an exciting overture by Shubert and the dramatic 7th Symphony of Dvorak.

Help support two of Clinton's treasures - the LumberKings and the Clinton Symphony Orchestra -- so that they are here for future generations to enjoy.

Gene Belz