“A Symphonic Menagerie” is the theme for this year’s Clinton Symphony Orchestra Family Concert, scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 at Morrison High School Auditorium, 643 Genesee Ave., Morrison.
Music director Brian Dollinger chose a program of music with animal titles, including the operatic overture “The Thieving Magpie,” a waltz from “Swan Lake,” Leroy Anderson’s “The Waltzing Cat,” and “Flight of the Bumblebees”.
A special feature will be “Carnival of the Animals” by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. It will be played with two pianos and the orchestra. Also included in the program is the Symphony’s annual Young Artist Audition winner, Keegan Roddy, who plays cello and is a senior at Sterling High School.
The concert honors the excellent music education opportunities provided by area music schools and teachers. In addition to student musicians – and potential musicians – the program will appeal to all music lovers. The 50-piece orchestra includes many local music teachers, as well as other local adult musicians.
“This is the first time we’ve tried the Saturday afternoon schedule,” said Robert Whipple, general manager of the Symphony Orchestra. “Our audience and musicians hail from a wide area of eastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois, and due to the unpredictable winter weather and early darkness, we expect the Saturday after -noon will be a convenience for all.”
Students are always admitted free to orchestra concerts. Adult tickets are $20, but one adult accompanied by a student is admitted for half price. This concert is also included in the annual subscription of the Symphony Orchestra. Individual concert tickets for adults will be available at the door.
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