Did the founders of Clinton Symphony in 1954 expect that we would celebrate the 61st Anniversary of the orchestra? We hope they did. A number of the musicians, listeners and organizers are with us on this occasion, and we hope you will ask them. Of course, they have had help from many people along the way; but it was their inspiration, their initiative, and their hard work that started and sustained it all.
The highlight for this 61st season, in addition to the superb repertoire, will be the leadership of the orchestra by a permanent music director, Brian Dollinger. Those of our members who witnessed maestro Dollinger's performances last season can expect the same exciting stewardship for this season. As in years past, the Young Artist Auditions, offering a young musician the opportunity to be a soloist with the orchestra, has been an honored part of our tradition, and it continues on this year.
In keeping with a newer element of the organization's tradition, the Chamber Music Concert has been scheduled again. In its nine previous offerings, the chamber music addition to the CSO's regular schedule has proven to be a resounding success.
We look forward to this season and to the opportunity to continue the music tradition for its 61st year.