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.
Dawn Carol, composed for Carol Kniebusch Noe and the James Madison University Flute Choir for Christmas in 1996, is a fanfare intended to be played by as many players as are available. The players should be scattered around the hall and among the audience.
Each individual player should enter canonically according to a pre‐arranged but random order, the second and subsequent players starting as the previous player reaches the asterisk.
While the rhythms are reasonably accurately notated, the piece should be played with a degree of flexibility, freedom, and individuality, dependingto some extent on the acoustics of the hall. The phrases are not intended to coincide, but should overlap, with the length of the pauses left to the individual player....
Adolphe Wouters, Belgian organist and composer, studied at the Brussels Conservatory
and subsequently taught there. He composed church music, technical studies and transcriptions for piano....
Cicada Gossip is scored for Flute, Bassoon and Horn. The piece was initially written and performed in 1984 (or s). The first performance was at University of Iowa as part of a Masters program performance. It is very lighthearted and challenging for the players.
The work is programmatic. The front movement was inspired by the imaginary gossip
of Cicada's - all that noise, you see. There is a jazz influence in the Movement 1 which
should be a bit obvious in content and presentation, but not necessarily harmonically.
The 2nd movement depicts a debate stage with three contenders. They interrupt each
other, they sometimes find agreement with one of the others and one is quite boastful,
one quite analytical and one is just a good Joe...
Kegel or Kegeln (skittles) is a German bowling game in which a player rolls a wooden ball along a smooth, hard indoor lane (German: Kegelbahn, bowling alley). The object of the game is to knock down the nine kegels at the other end of the lane. Kegel is based on the traditional German game of nine-pin bowling and is, therefore, closely related to both skittles and ten-pin bowling. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was a frequenter of a bowling alley in Vienna where he could relax with friends and make contact with potential patrons.
Mozart finished the Trio in E-flat major, KV498 in Vienna on August 5, 1786. Earlier that year he had completed his opera Le nozze di Figaro, two piano concertos (No. 23 in A major and No. 24 in C minor), and numerous other works, among them the Twelve Duos for Two Wind Instruments, KV487. At the top of the original manuscript for the Twelve Duos, KV487, Mozart scrawled, “Vienna, the 27th of July 1786, while bowling.” No such heading appears on the score of the Trio for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, written only nine days later, even though it is known as the Kegelstatt (bowling alley) Trio. Was the piece actually written amid the din of wooden balls striking solid wood pins? One writer speculates...
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...
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