You may be one of those music lovers who looks forward to the coming year in hopes of finding a music offering that inspires you to purchase your season ticket at the earliest possible moment.
You can rest assured that Music Director and Conductor Brian Dollinger and CSO Executive Director Robert Whipple have devised an inspiring program of great music of special appeal to our CSO audiences.
On tap are compositions by Bottesini, Glière, Mozart, Mahler, and Shostakovich. As usual, the February Winter concert will feature the orchestra's Young Artist Winner playing a selection of his choosing. Past seasons have witnessed some extraordinary talent performing superlatively in specialized works. For the Fall 2016 concert, Dr. Samantha Keehn, trombonist, will join the orchestra for a performance of Ferdinand David's Concertino, one of the first works written for that instrument.
Keep abreast of on-going CSO events by checking this web site from time to time over the next few months as information is updated about the 2016-2017 concert season.
In June 2017, the CSO will again offer a free public concert for the citizens of Clinton and the surrounding areas. Riverview Park along the Clinton waterfront is the site of the concert, which begins at 6:30 pm. Friends of the symphony are encouraged to attend and bring along with them their family members and neighbors.
Musical selections cover a broad range including the light classical, Broadway, television, and motion pictures genres.
Symphony @ Riverview events in previous years have been well attended by the public. To some it has become an annual social musical occasion much anticipated.
Check Back Later for a Listing of Program Selections.
Violin virtuoso and composer Ferdinand David (1810-1873) was born in Hamburg on June 19, 1810, the son of a prosperous businessman in the same house in which Felix Mendelssohn, with whom his career would become entwined, had been born a year before. Like Mendelssohn, David was Jewish by birth, and like Mendelssohn, later in life, he converted to Christianity. As a student of the violinist-composer Louis Spohr, he made his debut in 1825 in Leipzig, performing with his pianist sister Louise. In the following two years, the two prodigies played concerts in Copenhagen, Dresden and Berlin, after which he became a violinist in the orchestra of Berlin’s Königsstädtisches Theater. It was here that he first made the acquaintance of Mendelssohn, with whom he played chamber music. In 1829 he became the leader of a string quartet in what is now Tartu, Estonia, for a Baron von Liphardt. The Baron's daughter Sophie would become David's wife. In addition to his quartet work, David undertook concert tours as a soloist to various cities in continental Europe.
By 1835 when Mendelssohn called on him to come to Leipzig, David had made for himself quite a reputation. Appointed concert master for the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, David proved to be the leader that Mendelssohn needed; it was a position David kept for the rest of his life. When the new Leipzig Conservatory opened, he was named professor of violin and, over the course of years, made the Conservatory the premiere...(Read more)
Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (1906-1975) was at odds with Soviet authorities for much of his career, and proved to be one of the more tragic figures of Russian arts and letters.
During the years prior to the Russian Revolution of 1917, young Dmitri grew up in modestly prosperous and privileged surroundings. His family had the use of two cars and a dacha, owned a Diderichs piano, and employed a German tutor, several servants, and a nanny. Shostakovich reportedly inherited from his father a liking for clownish behavior and for early rising (habitually around 6 a.m.).
In 1915, he saw his first opera, Rimsky-Korsakov's Tale of Tsar Saltan. The pomp and spectacle of the production struck the boy with such immediacy that he knew for certain what course he must take. As a child, Dmitri had shown an exceptional talent, but he had resisted the idea of musical instruction until that year, and his mother had had to persuade him to take piano lessons. At age nine, then, under his mother's tutelage, he began a formal music education. Such was his talent that at age twelve, he was admitted to the Petrograd Conservatory under the watchful eye of composer Alexander Glazunov.
As a student, he was determined to combine experimentation with discipline as a foundation for his musical style. Russian music was still open to influences from the West, and Shostakovich took pains to study the new works of western composers such as Paul Hindemith and Ernst Krenek, but also the compositions...(Read more)
Samantha Keehn is in her seventh year as Assistant Professor of Low Brass at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. She currently performs with the Augustana College Faculty Brass Quintet, is acting principal trombonist with the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra, and is looking forward to the second season of Sam and Dave's Brass Extravaganza, a touring trombone and tuba duo featuring performances with electronics and multimedia.
Samantha holds her D.M.A. in Trombone Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she studied with Dr. William Stanley. A native of Victoria, Texas, she attended Texas Tech University (B.M.), studying with Don Lucas, and Baylor University (M.M.) where she studied with Brent Phillips. An active performer, Samantha performed as a consortium member, premiering Kevin Walczyk's Trombone Concerto - Talking Winds in the fall of 2013 with the Augustana College Symphonic Band. She has performed, as well, with the Wyoming Symphony, Fort Collins Symphony, Colorado Light Opera, Victoria Symphony, Roswell Symphony, and the Waco Symphony. She also participated in the Hot Springs Orchestra for two summers, the Rafael Mendez Institute, the Masterworks Festival Orchestra, and attended the Interlochen Summer Camp. (Read more)
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