The Clinton Symphony Returns! Riverfront Pops Concert to be June 6, 2021

Riverfront Pops Concert coming up June 6, 2021

After such a long and quiet time, we are so very happy to be planning our return to the beautiful Clinton riverfront!

Is there a better way to get “back together” than with an outdoor pops concert?  Lawn chairs, blankets, soft grass, fun and exciting symphonic music all in the wide-open spaces along our riverfront park….

Bring the entire family for this much needed evening of great symphonic music by your Clinton Symphony Orchestra!  The concert is free, and the Felix Adler Discovery Center will be offering activities for children beginning at 5:30.

Downbeat is at 6:30 p.m.!  Don’t miss out!

Birdies for Clinton Symphony

Enjoy the John Deere Classic? We have a great way FORE! you to support your favorite Symphony! Simply click through to the Birdies for Charity site to make your donation and guess at the number of Birdies. You’ll be entered for prizes, including the grand prize of a 2 year lease on a Lexus NX!

It is gratifying to know that 100% of every pledge collected goes directly to the Clinton Symphony Orchestra. The John Deere Foundation covers all administrative costs to make that possible. Plus, the tournament takes its profits each year and delivers a second check from between 5% and 10% of that charity’s final total to make the deal even sweeter. There is no more impactful way for you to help your favorite organization!

Brennon Cavanagh is 2021’s Young Artist

Brennon Cavanagh, a senior at West Carroll High School in Savanna, has been awarded top honors in the Clinton Symphony Orchestra’s annual Young Artist Auditions. Cavanagh won the auditions with a performance of the Concerto for Tenor Saxophone and Orchestra by American composer Robert Ward.

In addition to the $250 in prize money from the Symphony, the honoree is usually given the opportunity to perform their solo piece with the orchestra on one of their concerts. With the Symphony on hiatus due to the pandemic, that may not be possible this time.

Brennon is the son of Timothy and Kyong Cavanagh, and has been a saxophone student of Emily Bressler since 5th grade. He has been a regular participant in regional honor bands throughout his school years, and for the past two years has been selected for the Illinois All-State Concert Band.

He is enlisted in the Illinois Army National Guard as a musician in the 144th Army Band, and will attend a 10-week training at the Army School of Music in Virginia Beach, VA, this summer.

The Young Artist Audition program also awarded honorable mention status to violinist Clara Ashdown of Fenton, and to clarinetist Aubrey Charles of Mt. Carroll. Each will receive a monetary award as well as counsel, suggestions, and encouragement from the panel of judges from the Symphony.

The auditions are held each January, and open to any high school musician in the Symphony’s service area. This is the Symphony’s 67th year, and the auditions have been a service to music education in the area for much of that time.

Birdies for Charity Supports the Clinton Symphony Orchestra

***** 2020 John Deere Classic Birdies for Charity *****

The JDC Birdies for Charity program is an impressive fundraising opportunity available to area nonprofits, and the Clinton Symphony Board would like to invite those interested in supporting the Symphony to make a donation pledge through the 2020 John Deere Classic Birdies for Charity program – unfortunately the tournament itself has been cancelled, however, the Birdies program will continue.  For this year, as paper forms are not available, participation is online or via mail.  Note that all pledges are guaranteed a 5% bonus to the Symphony from the Birdies for Charity Bonus Fund, increasing the impact of your donation!  

Thank you for your consideration, and for your support of the Symphony.  

—  Bill Zickau, President


There are two ways to make a donation – one is by direct donation payable by credit card, and the other is a mail in pledge form.  Please note that all pledges must be received at the Birdies office no later than July 10, 2020.


  • To make a donation by credit card:

Go to https://birdiesforcharity.com/donate.   Click/tap on the bar that says “Please select your designated charity” and enter 1411 following which Clinton Symphony Orchestra will come up for you to select.  Click the green “Add to Cart” button, and select your contribution amount; “other” allows you to manually enter any amount of $20 or more.  Continue down the page to fill in your payment information.  This year all donors will be entered into the drawing for prizes.  Click the green Donate button to complete your donation.  Online donations must be made no later than July 10.


  • To make a donation by check:

      Print the pledge form by clicking here.  Note the Symphony information is already in place.  This year all donors will be entered into the drawing for prizes.  Mail the left side of the form to the address indicated at the top right of the pledge form (15623 Coaltown Rd., East Moline, IL 61244), it must be received by July 10, 2020.

  • To make a one-time flat donation:

Simply indicate the amount and mail the left side of the form with your accompanying check to the address above.

  • To pledge on the number of birdies:

Indicate the amount you would pledge to pay for each birdie.  With the tournament canceled, 2000 birdies are being used for the calculation.  For example, by entering $0.01, you would be billed for $20.00 after the tournament.  See the examples in the ‘Keep for your records’ box to help you decide a pledge amount. .  Mail the left side of the form to the address above.  


Have a question? – contact Bill at wzickau@mchsi.com