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Quad City Symphony Orchestra Offers Instrument Petting Zoo at Mercado

June 30th, 2021
Carolyn Van De Velde helps a girl try a violin at the June 8 "Paint the Town" event at River Music Experience, Davenport.

A disgruntled conductor might say leading an orchestra is like herding cats. In a new partnership, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra is bringing an “Instrument Petting Zoo” to Mercado on Fifth in downtown Moline, starting Friday, July 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. “The QCSO has been really doubling down on our private lesson effort and group lesson effort,” Marc Zyla, the orchestra’s director of education & community engagement, personnel manager and principal horn player, said Wednesday. The QCSO has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley, and the weekly... Read More

What’s The Good News For May, Quad-Cities?

May 3rd, 2021
What's The Good News For May, Quad-Cities?

After a long time in quarantine, things are finally starting to open up, people are getting vaccinated, and things are looking up for our country, and the Quad-Cities! That’s good news! And every month, we bring YOU more good news! In conjunction with our partners at KWQC-TV6’s “Paula Sands Live,” we bring you What’s The Good News, a rundown of some of the positive things going on in our community. So, what’s the good news for May? Let’s take a look… New Theater Coming To Davenport! A new theater experience, The Mockingbird On Main is coming to 320 N. Main St., in downtown... Read More

EXCLUSIVE: “Hamilton” Co-Star Renee Elise Goldsberry Returns to Live Performing with QCSO May 15

April 30th, 2021
EXCLUSIVE: “Hamilton” Co-Star Renee Elise Goldsberry Returns to Live Performing with QCSO May 15

EXCLUSIVE: It’s fair to say that anyone who will attend Renee Elise Goldsberry’s outdoor concert Saturday, May 15 at Davenport’s LeClaire Park will be “Satisfied.” The beautiful 50-year-old California native — best known for originating the role of Angelica Schuyler in the Broadway smash “Hamilton” – will make her post-Covid live performance debut in the 7:30 p.m. concert, for a long-awaited evening of Broadway, pop, and soul favorites, backed by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. “It’s kind of mind-blowing,” Goldsberry said in a Friday phone interview, noting her entire... Read More

Quad City Symphony Closes Masterworks Season With Impressive All-American Program

April 12th, 2021
Quad City Symphony Closes Masterworks Season With Impressive All-American Program

It’s fairly rare for a symphony orchestra to feature a concert of all-American music or two living composers on the same program. Fans of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) hit the jackpot with exactly this all for two performances of “For America,” Saturday at the Adler Theatre. But even if you weren’t among the 344 lucky people to attend the concerts in person (the 2,321-seat Adler has allowed 25-percent capacity), anyone can purchase digital access (for $40) to watch the supremely talented musicians in the delightfully varied program – online through May 11. Plus, unlike the in-person... Read More

Inspired by Transcendent Children’s Book, Quad City Symphony Starts Personal New Podcast

March 29th, 2021
Inspired by Transcendent Children’s Book, Quad City Symphony Starts Personal New Podcast

Why did Marc Zyla of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra start a new podcast? Because, literally. Inspired by the 2019 children’s book of the same name, Zyla launched “Because” in early March, with new episodes released every other Monday, peeling back the curtain on the classical music world. A friendly 35-year-old native of Parkersburg, W.Va., he plays principal horn with the QCSO, as well as working as director of education and community engagement, and is the orchestra personnel manager. “What you need to know about this show is that it’s very geared towards answering the question... Read More

Quad City Symphony Offers American Tunes at Figge, Will Reopen to Audiences in March at Adler

February 25th, 2021
Quad City Symphony Offers American Tunes at Figge, Will Reopen to Audiences in March at Adler

To help celebrate the blockbuster exhibit “For America,” at the Figge Art Museum, the Quad City Symphony will feature American music in a Signature Series concert at the Figge’s lobby on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Up to 50 socially-distanced concertgoers will be allowed in person; the concert will be livestreamed and will be available for viewing for 30 days following the livestream. As of Thursday morning, 42 tickets were sold for the program featuring associate concertmaster and violinist Emily Nash, violist Bruno Silva, and associate principal bass Kit Polen. The evening begins with... Read More

“Hamilton” Co-Star’s Davenport Concert Moved Outside to LeClaire Park

February 12th, 2021
“Hamilton” Co-Star’s Davenport Concert Moved Outside to LeClaire Park

“Hamilton” actress and singer Renée Elise Goldsberry will join the Quad City Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, May 15, 2021 for an outdoor 7:30 p.m. concert at Davenport’s LeClaire Park. The special concert (of Broadway, pop, and soul favorites) was originally scheduled for Davenport’s Adler Theatre and was first announced in early February 2020. QCSO executive director Brian Baxter said Friday they decided in December to move the show outdoors, due to Covid concerns, rather than cancel or postpone. “We’ve considered everything. I would say every option was weighed,” he said,... Read More

Multi-Talented 11-Year-Old Quad-Cities Student Solos with Q-C Symphony

February 8th, 2021
Multi-Talented 11-Year-Old Quad-Cities Student Solos with Q-C Symphony

Linda Phan does not consider herself a child prodigy, but the 11-year-old Bettendorf student is the youngest musician to perform as a soloist with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in recent memory. Linda – who’s in sixth grade at Riverdale Heights Elementary – won the Grand Prize at the 2019 Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles Concerto Competition. This past Saturday night, she joined the QCSO for the first movement of Wolfgang A. Mozart’s charming Third Violin Concerto, written when that child prodigy was 19, and you can buy digital access to the concert through March 9. It was performed,... Read More

Quad City Symphony Orchestra Highlights Youth In New Concert

February 7th, 2021
Quad City Symphony Orchestra Highlights Youth In New Concert

In this bitterly cold winter of our discontent, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra transports us to warm, bright musical landscapes in its latest digital concert. In a program literally focused on youth, the concert (recorded without an audience at Davenport’s Adler Theatre) features Felix Mendelssohn’s musical exploration of Italy’s culture and countryside in his joyful and energetic “Italian” Symphony. 2019 Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles Concerto Competition winner Linda Phan (who’s in sixth grade) joins the QCSO for the first movement of Wolfgang A. Mozart’s effervescent, charming Third... Read More

Beethoven’s 250th Celebrated in Quad-Cities and Worldwide

December 12th, 2020
Beethoven’s 250th Celebrated in Quad-Cities and Worldwide

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. Ludwig van Beethoven was not an easy person to like in real life, but 250 years after his birth, the monumental musical genius is easy to love and admire with a jaw-dropping sense of awe. He’s a protean superhero who had to overcome so much adversity, and is being justly celebrated in the Quad-Cities and around the world. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra titled this 2020-21 season... Read More