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Davenport Central’s Jack Stremlow Wins Concerto Competition

December 27th, 2022
Davenport Central's Jack Stremlow Wins Concerto Competition

Congratulations to Jack Stremlow, a junior at Davenport Central High School! Stremlow is the Grand Prize winner of the 2022-2023 Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles annual Concerto Competition.    Read More

Quad Cities Cultural Trust Grants $245,000 To Iowa And Illinois Organizations

November 22nd, 2022
Quad Cities Cultural Trust Grants $245,000 To Iowa And Illinois Organizations

The Quad Cities Cultural Trust is excited to announce the 2022 grant recipients of the Adler Theater Fund. Five worthy local organizations have received a total of $245,000.  All grants will help underwrite programming at the Adler Theater. The Quad Cities Cultural Trust partnered with the Adler Theater Foundation in November 2021. This partnership’s goal was to advocate for the performing arts here in the Quad Cities and encourage organizations with programs that encourage diversity and equity to apply for funding to perform at the Adler Theatre in Davenport, IA. The 2022 Adler Theater Fund... Read More

Fit For a King Concert Slated November 5

October 30th, 2022
Fit For a King Concert Slated November 5

This concert rich with royalty begins with Duke Ellington’s jazz and gospel-influenced Three Black Kings. QCSO principal cellist Hannah Holman will captivate with the rich and haunting cello soliloquies of Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo, the final work of his Jewish Cycle. The King of Rock and Roll’s signature sound is alive and well in Michael Daugherty’s Dead Elvis featuring QCSO principal bassoonist Benjamin Coelho. We toast to friendship with Johann Strauss, Jr.’s stately Emperor Waltz, before ending the program with William Walton’s intense and cinematic Henry V Suite. PROGRAM Duke Ellington,... Read More

QCSO Presents “Two Remain” October 22

October 16th, 2022
QCSO Presents “Two Remain” October 22

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra will present “Two Remain” on Saturday, October 22 at Augustana College’s Brunner Theatre. “Two Remain” is a moving and emotional two-act chamber opera by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer is based on the true stories of two Holocaust survivors. In Act I, Krystyna Żywulska, assisted by ghosts of Auschwitz, shares her story of survival with a journalist. In Act II Gad Beck is haunted by his first love, the poet Manfred Lewin, who perished in Auschwitz. Featuring Ernesto Estigarribia, conductor Presented as Part of Out of Darkness, Holocaust... Read More

Masterworks Series Hit Adler Stage Tonight

March 5th, 2022

Amusical excursion begins in the Guangxi Zhuang region of China with Chen Yi’s rhythmic Duo Ye, based on the traditional song and dance of the Dong people. Concertmaster Naha Greenholtz dazzles with a performance of Mozart’s graceful and spirited Violin Concerto No. 4. Robert Schumann’s emotional and stormy Second Symphony brings the concert to a triumphant close. Program: “Duo Ye”, Chen Yi “Violin Concerto No. 4, K.218”, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart “Symphony No. 2, Op. 61”, Robert Schumann Featuring Naha Greenholtz, violin ENRICH YOUR EXPERIENCE Inside the... Read More

Quad-Cities World Premiere Opera in Moline is a Flawless Triumph

February 14th, 2022
Quad-Cities World Premiere Opera in Moline is a Flawless Triumph

The old saying, “All good things come to those who wait,” had deeply resonant meaning Saturday night, with the triumphant, flawless world premiere of the opera “Karkinos” at Moline’s Bartlett Performing Arts Center. In collaboration with Living Proof Exhibit, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra commissioned local composer and Augustana professor Jacob Bancks to create the opera, which aims to provide hope and celebration for those with cancer and all who love them. It’s the first opera premiered by the QCSO in its 107-year history. Inspired by direct conversations with over 30 Quad-Cities... Read More

World-Renowned Pianist Has Special Place in His Heart for Quad City Symphony

October 2nd, 2021
World-Renowned Pianist Has Special Place in His Heart for Quad City Symphony

Saturday in the Arts is a weekly feature covering a trend, subject, event or personality of local interest. It runs every Saturday morning on your site for the best entertainment and arts coverage in the area, QuadCities.com! I am listening to pianist Garrick Ohlsson’s magisterial, towering 2005 transversal of the immortal 24 Preludes by the iconic Romantic composer Frederic Chopin, and the masterful miniatures are unspooled with inspiring tenderness and care, thundering, breathtaking virtuosity, achingly beautiful lyricism, crystalline precision and profound emotion. It’s no wonder that Ohlsson... Read More

Quad City Symphony Orchestra Returns To Welcome A Full Audience This Weekend

October 1st, 2021
Quad City Symphony Orchestra Returns To Welcome A Full Audience This Weekend

It’s fitting that the last Quad City Symphony Orchestra performance before the Covid shutdown was Verdi’s Requiem, a piece written in memory of a dear friend. The first Masterworks program to welcome a full-capacity audience since then (Oct. 2-3, 2021) will feature the classic Dvorak “New World” Symphony. It’s a whole new world for sure, as the pandemic lingers on. This weekend’s concerts – featuring world-renowned pianist Garrick Ohlsson performing Samuel Barber’s Piano Concerto – will also include a Sunday afternoon in Centennial Hall (at Augustana College in Rock Island)... Read More

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

Quad City Symphony Aims to Enter a “New World” in New 2021-22 Season

May 29th, 2021
Quad City Symphony Aims to Enter a “New World” in New 2021-22 Season

After an unprecedented season, that featured a mix of concerts in empty and limited capacity concert halls, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) is hoping for something far closer to normal for its 107th season in 2021-22, starting in August. “From the New World” – named for the iconic Antonin Dvorak symphony that will kick off the Masterworks Oct. 2-3 – will feature six dynamic Masterworks programs, the beloved Quad City Bank & Trust Riverfront Pops, the return of QCSO at the Movies, four intimate “Up Close” chamber concerts, and several special events. “As we are truly entering... Read More