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Maestro Brian Dollinger, conductor and music director for the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra, during his time in the Marines

The Muscatine Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will perform the world premiere of a work written to honor President Abraham Lincoln and a tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces on Saturday, November 10th, the birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) and the day before Veteran’s Day.
Maestro Brian Dollinger, conductor and music director for MSO, served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1998-2006 as a combat engineer, so, the MSO will mark the USMC birthday by admitting active duty and veteran Marines in uniform for free and all other military members for $5. At the concert, the MSO Association will also collaborate with the Semper Fi Fund and collect monetary donations. The Semper Fi Fund provides financial assistance and lifetime support to post-September 11th, combat wounded, critically ill, and catastrophically injured members of all U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
The MasterWorks II concert, “Heroic Memories,” presents a collection of works inspired by different kinds of heroism, with the music of Leonard Bernstein and Ludwig van Beethoven, and the tribute to Lincoln and his leadership.
This year marks 100 years since the birth of Bernstein – one of America’s greatest composers, conductors, and overall musicians. Bernstein brought engaging, fun music to millions, and his works have become part of the symphonic lexicon, especially West Side Story. MSO will present a glimpse into this modern-day version of Romeo and Juliet.
One of America’s greatest historical figures, President Abraham Lincoln became a hero in his own time and has remained one. The Muscatine Symphony will honor him with the world premiere of a work written to highlight and present his many inspired speeches.
The multi-movement work, written by David Stern, will also feature professional Lincoln reenactor Fritz Klein from the Lincoln Institute in Springfield, Illinois. Mr. Klein’s portrayal of Lincoln will create an experience of uplifting and stirring oratory. Composer David Stern will travel to Muscatine to take part in this historic event.
The second half of the concert will present Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Heroic” symphony. His Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, the “Eroica” has become a model and staple of the symphonic repertory.  Beethoven begins this symphonic journey in the simplest way – two E-flat major chords followed by acrobatics over the E-flat triad. A well-known symphony, many will recognize its slow second movement. This adagio became an iconic addition to American lore after its performance at John F. Kennedy’s funeral.
The concert begins at 7:30 pm at the Central Middle School auditorium, 901 Cedar St. Doors open at 7:00 pm Adult tickets cost $15 a piece. Students with ID get in for free. You may buy tickets at the door or in advance at the customer service desk at Hy-Vee, 2400 2nd Ave.

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