On June 7, 2015, the CSO again offers 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 in the Clinton area and from surrounding counties. To some it has become an annual social musical occasion much anticipated.
Click Here for a Listing of Program Selections.
Music Director Brian Dollinger will be present to answer any questions about how he plans to organize the upcoming season. In addition, members of the CSO Board of Directors will be available to discuss the organization and its plans for the future.
All reservations must be made in advance and prepaid. To make reservations, please call our secretary at 563-243-2300.. As an alternative, you may send a check for the amount ($40 per person or $240 per table of 8) to A Symphonic Affair, Clinton Symphony Orchestra, PO Box 116, Clinton, Iowa 52733-0116. Please be sure to include your name, address and telephone number. For tables of 8, all names must be tendered with the reservation with one check for the total amount.
Click Here for a Location Map to Rastrelli's Restaurant.
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 are hard at work devising an inspiring program of great music of special appeal to our CSO audiences.
During the past few seasons Maestro Dollinger has given the orchestra's followers an in-depth listening into the works of some of music's most revered composers, including Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, and Antonin Dvořák. At the same time, he has offered the lesser known works of some well-known composers; for example, he gave the first local performance of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 3, which proved a pleasant, even exciting, listening experience for our patrons.
Keep abreast of all things CSO by checking this web site from time to time over the next few months for information about the 2015-2016 concert season.
On the afternoon of Thursday, March 29th, 1827, between 10,000 and 30,000 people gathered for the funeral of Ludwig van Beethoven.
We who stand here at the grave of the deceased are in a sense the representatives of an entire nation, the whole German people, come to mourn the passing of one celebrated half of that which remained to us from the vanished brilliance of the fatherland. The hero of poetry in the German language and tongue still lives -- and long may he live.
But the last master of resounding song, the gracious mouth by which music spoke, the man who inherited and increased the immortal fame of Handel and Bach, of Haydn and Mozart, has ceased to be; and we stand weeping over the broken strings of an instrument now stilled. Let me call him that! For he was an artist, and what he was, he was only through art. The thorns of life had wounded him deeply, and as the shipwrecked man clutches the saving shore, he flew to your arms, oh wondrous sister of the good and true, comforter in affliction, the art that comes from on high! He held fast to you, and even when the gate through which you had entered was shut, you spoke through a deafened ear to him who could no longer discern you; and he carried your image in his heart, and when he died it still lay on his breast.
He was an artist, and who shall stand beside him? As the behemoth sweeps through the seas, he swept across the boundaries of his art.
From the cooing of the dove to the thunder's roll, from the subtlest interweaving of willful artifices to that awesome point at which the fabric presses over into the lawlessness of clashing natural forces -- he traversed all, he comprehended everything. He who follows him cannot continue; he must begin anew, for his predecessor ended where art ends.
Adelaide and Leonore! Commemorations of the heroes of Vittoria and humble tones of the Mass! Offspring of three and four-part voices. Resounding symphony, "Freude, schöner Götterfunken", the swansong. Muses of song and of strings, gather at his grave and strew it with laurel!
He was an artist, but also a man, a man in every sense, in the highest sense. Because he shut himself off from the world, they called
hostile; and callous, because he shunned feelings. Oh, he who knows he is hardened does not flee! (It is the more delicate point that is most easily blunted, that bends or breaks.)
Excess of feeling avoids feelings. He fled the world because he did not find, in the whole compass of his loving nature, a weapon with which to resist it. He withdrew from his fellow men after he had given them everything and had received nothing in return. He remained alone because he found no second self. But until his death he preserved a human heart for all men, a father's heart for his own people, the whole world.
Thus he was, thus he died, thus he will live for all time!
And you who have followed his escort to this place, hold your sorrow in sway. You have not lost him but won him. No living man enters the halls of immortality. The body must die before the gates are opened. He whom you mourn is now among the greatest men of all time, unassailable forever. Return to your homes, then, distressed but composed. And whenever, during your lives, the power of his works overwhelms you like a coming storm; when your rapture pours out in the midst of a generation yet unborn; then remember this hour and think: we were there when they buried him, and when he died we wept!
The actor Heinrich Anschütz, read the funeral oration written by Franz Grillparzer, in front of the doors of the Währing Cemetery (now Schubert Park).
Yo-Yo Ma, internationally recognized master of the violoncello will come to the Quad City Symphony for a one-day only 'Pre-Concert Party of the Century' and performance, May 14, 2015. Ma's visit is the highlight of the QCSO's 100 year birthday celebration.
Ma will be the star performer in Antonin Dvořák's Cello Concerto in B minor, Op 104, a work the composer began in 1895 during his tenure as director of the New York Conservatory of Music. Unlike the Symphony No 9 'From the New World,' the concerto looks more to his roots in his beloved Bohemian homeland.
Yo-Yo Ma needs little introduction as his world-wide reputation was established early in his career, and he has only added more sheen to it over the years. He has performed and recorded most of the cello repertoire from Antonio Vivaldi to the present, with many of today's composers actively seeking his endorsement for their new works. The Dvořák Cello Concerto is one of his signature show pieces and should be considered a must hear.
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