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Rock Island’s Mississippi Bend Players To Go Small for 2021 Summer Season

May 5th, 2021
Rock Island's Mississippi Bend Players To Go Small for 2021 Summer Season

The fourth full season of Mississippi Bend Players will feature a total of five performers over three productions this summer at Augustana College’s Brunner Theatre Center. After it was forced to cancel its 2020 in-person season, the 2021 lineup will be: “Red” (June 17-20), by John Logan, directed by Catherine Bodenbender and featuring MBP favorites Mike Schulz and Tristan Odenkirk. Master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two fascinating years... Read More

Augustana’s New Head of Sexual Violence Prevention and Education is Passionate About Social Justice

March 26th, 2021
Augustana’s New Head of Sexual Violence Prevention and Education is Passionate About Social Justice

From 2017 to 2019, there were 32 incidents of rape reported at Augustana College, Rock Island, nearly all occurring on campus. The private school’s new program director for sexual violence prevention and education — Zachary Draves – not only wants to prevent those incidents in the first place, but address issues of domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Augustana has received a $298,827 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) – over three years, among 52 grants DOJ gave to colleges in 2020-21 from its program to reduce sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence,... Read More

Augustana College To Return To 100% In-Person For Fall 2021

March 22nd, 2021
Augustana College To Return To 100% In-Person For Fall 2021

Augustana College in Rock Island plans a fall 2021 return to entirely in-person instruction for students and faculty. Augustana leaders have announced a return to the college’s normal, time-honored teaching and learning experience this fall. The announcement was made last week during one of the live virtual campus briefings hosted regularly throughout the pandemic. “Augustana College is very pleased to announce its intention to safely return to the in-person, deeply engaged learning environment that is core to its identity, and which our students and graduates value most,” college president... Read More

After St. Ambrose Picked New President, Augustana Busy in Process to Choose Theirs

March 4th, 2021
After St. Ambrose Picked New President, Augustana Busy in Process to Choose Theirs

The past couple months have been a busy time in the private college presidential search business in the Quad-Cities. In late January, Augustana College president Steven Bahls announced he was delaying his planned retirement one year – from July 2021 to July 1, 2022. In early February, St. Ambrose University concluded its search process for the 14th president of the Davenport institution, naming Amy C. Novak, president of Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D., to take the helm this August, with the retirement of Sister Joan Lescinski. And in late February, Augustana in Rock Island held... Read More

St. Ambrose President Joan Lescinski Retiring

January 25th, 2021
St. Ambrose President Joan Lescinski Retiring

Today, it was announced that Steven Bahls will retire as president of Augustana College effective July 1, 2022, after a notable 19-year career leading the private Rock Island school. And, on the Iowa side of the Mississippi River, the head of the other major private university in the Quad-Cities, is also retiring. St. Ambrose University president Sister Joan Lescinski announced last summer she will retire effective August of 2021. A national search for the 14th president in the university’s 138-year history has been underway. Trustee alumni John Anderson ’87 and Renee Citera ’81 were appointed... Read More

Quad-Cities Year In Arts: Reflecting On A Year Like No Other, Personally and in the Arts

December 26th, 2020
Quad-Cities Year In Arts: Reflecting On A Year Like No Other, Personally and in the Arts

Saturday In The Arts is a comprehensive weekly feature looking at a trend, personality, or major subject involving the Quad-Cities arts and entertainment scene. Making it through nearly five months of a paralyzing pandemic was bad enough, but for those of us in Iowa and the Quad-Cities, Aug. 10, 2020 and the days that followed seemed especially cruel. I’ll never forget that Monday afternoon, working on my laptop in the basement, a prisoner in my home trying not to go insane during a crazy year. The power suddenly went out, as a freak inland hurricane (or “derecho” – duh-RAY-cho – as everyone... Read More

Augustana Will Present Virtual Christmas Program as Online Advent Calendar

November 24th, 2020
Augustana Will Present Virtual Christmas Program as Online Advent Calendar

In place of a massive, festive in-person concert at Centennial Hall, Augustana College is presenting a new virtual performance of “Christmas at Augustana” throughout the month of December. To kick off the Christmas season, the Rock Island-based college has adapted its typically sold-out performances to an at-home experience for all. Three hundred student musicians will be participating in performances by the Augustana Brass Ensemble, Ascension Ringers, Augustana Symphony Orchestra, Augustana Choir, Augustana Concert Chorale and Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble and the Augustana Jazz Ensemble. Throughout... Read More

Quad-Cities Choir Rehearses Virtually for Next “Messiah” in May

November 14th, 2020
Quad-Cities Choir Rehearses Virtually for Next “Messiah” in May

Saturday In The Arts is a weekly look at a personality, place, trend or topic of interest to the Quad-Cities. It runs every Saturday morning on your site for fun, free, local entertainment and features, QuadCities.com. The composer George Frideric Handel wrote his masterwork oratorio “Messiah” in 24 days in 1741, in 53 movements across three major parts. While long considered a Christmas favorite, it premiered during Lent on April 13, 1742. A beloved Quad-Cities tradition – performed under the baton of Augustana College music professor Jon Hurty – has been revived in a virtual format now... Read More

Messa de Requiem Comes to Life in the Quad Cities

March 7th, 2020
Messa de Requiem Comes to Life in the Quad Cities

Quad City Symphony Orchestra and Augustana Oratorio Society : Masterworks V: Requiem Sunday Mar 8 at 2 p.m. Augustana College Centennial Hall (3703 7th Avenue Rock Island) Tickets are $18 – $65 for adults and $10 – $33 for students and can be purchased here. Verdi’s “Messa da Requiem” is a religious and emotional work. The performance will feature a full chorus lead by Augustana Professor Jon Hurty. (Another performance will be offered at 8 p.m. March 7 at the Adler Theatre in Davenport. One hour prior to each Masterworks performance, concert goers are invited to attend... Read More

Looking for fun in the Quad Cities this week? Check out FUN10!

March 1st, 2020
Looking for fun in the Quad Cities this week? Check out FUN10!

Whether you’re visiting from out of town or looking for some entertainment in your own backyard, the Quad-Cities is full of fun activities this week and every week! Live concerts? Local theatre? Comedy? Art? We’ve got it all! And in that spirit, QuadCities.com proudly presents our latest new feature, FUN10, a list of the top 10 things to do in the Quad Cities this week, and every week! Every Sunday, we’ll drop a new FUN10, to give you a head start on your week and a heads up on what’s going on over the coming seven days. Check out FUN10 every Sunday for the details on ten awesome... Read More