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 Winter 2017 concert, Maestro Dollinger leads the orchestra in Smetana's Overture to A Life for the Czar and Tchaikovsky's appropriately titled Winter Daydreams, Symphony No 1 in G minor, Op 13.
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.
Little is known about the early history of Peter Ily'ich Tchaikovsky's First Symphony. According to Modeste Tchaikovsky's biography of his composer brother, work was begun on the Symphony in March 1866, and the first reference by Tchaikovsky himself to the Symphony appears in his letter to his brother Anatoly of May 7, 1866:
At eleven o'clock, I either give a lesson until one [o'clock], or tackle the symphony (which, by the way, is going sluggishly) ... I always return home by twelve [midnight]; write letters or the symphony, and read in bed for a long time... My nerves are extremely fraught again, for the following reasons: 1) my lack of success in composing the symphony; 2) Rubinstein and Tarnovsky... spend all day trying to torment me... 3) being unable to shake off the thought that I might soon die without...complet[ing] the symphony.
In the summer of 1866, Tchaikovsky set off for a dacha near Peterhof, where he continued working on the Symphony. Here in June he began the instrumentation of his new work, as referred to in his letter to Aleksandra Davidova in June: "I've already started to orchestrate the symphony; my health is fine, except that recently I didn't sleep all night because I was so busy...". According to Modeste Tchaikovsky the composer did not like to recall the summer that he spent in Peterhof:
...the reason was his G-minor symphony,...Winter Daydreams....Despite painstaking and arduous work, its composition was fraught with difficulty, and while pressing ahead with the symphony, Pyotr Ilyich's nerves became more and more frayed... [H]e began to suffer from insomnia, and the sleepless nights paralyzed his creative energies...
His nervous disorder began to manifest itself in the forms of colitis, hypochondria,
hallucinations and numbness in his hands and feet. The dread of a severe nervous attack recurring was such that, after this Symphony, he quit composing at night.
The difficult time Tchaikovsky endured while working on the Symphony, however, did not alter the composer's working methods. Nine years later...(continue)
Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka (1804-1857) was the first Russian composer to win international recognition; he is the acknowledged founder of the Russian nationalist school.
Glinka was born into wealth, the son of a retired army officer who left young Mikhail to the care of his grandmother and the servants while he spent his retirement redesigning his estate. A sickly child, Mikhail was easily manipulated by his grandmother to be entirely dependent on her for his well being. When the grandmother died, Glinka, aged six, was sent to live with his uncle where the lad continued with his studies in a more agreeable atmosphere where he was allowed to flourish without restraint..
Glinka first became interested in music at age 10, when he heard his uncle’s private orchestra. So taken with the sounds of the orchestra, young Glinka insisted that he receive music instruction along with his usual academic subjects. He was particularly fond of the violin and the flute, instruments he eventually played in his uncle's orchestra. He attended the Chief Pedagogic Institute at St. Petersburg (1818–22) where, like most sons of the nobility, he studied to join the civil service; at the same time, he took piano lessons with the Irish pianist and composer John Field. Following his schooling, he worked for four years in the Ministry of Communication as the assistant secretary for Public Highways, a job so undemanding that Glinka lost...(continue)
Allison Houldson, a soprano, will sing Suzanna's aria "Deh vieni, non tardar" from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, and "So In Love" from Kiss Me Kate by Cole Porter. She will appear on the February 25 concert.
More information about Allison will be featured here as it becomes available. Check back later.
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