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Zydeco Band Delights Local Audiences PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 04 November 2003 18:00
Last week, Quad City Arts brought in Terrance Simien & The Mallet Playboys, one of Louisiana’s top zydeco bands, for a residency as part of its Visiting Artist series. The band featured Simien on accordion and vocals, a rubboard or frottoir player, a guitarist, a keyboardist, a bassist, and a drummer.

Tenki Goes into Orbit PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 04 November 2003 18:00
The Chicago band Tenki has graduated from pop oddity to maturity, and contrary to what you might imagine, the transformation is anything but dull. After last year’s playful debut Red Baby, Tenki has just released View of an Orbiting Man on the Quad Cities’ Future Appletree label.

Symphony Concert Showcases Impressive Trumpeter PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 04 November 2003 18:00
As Allen Vizzutti walks through the music departments of many colleges, he can hear students diligently practicing from the method books he wrote. These books, the basis of a music student’s practice repertoire, are challenging trumpet students to new levels of technique and musicality and are rapidly replacing the method books written by Arban, according to Donald Schleicher, conductor and musical director of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.

They Did It Better in Clinton PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 28 October 2003 18:00
All of downtown Davenport was transformed into a woofer on Friday, October 10, when Pigstock came to town. The metal music extravaganza, with Slayer as the headliner, drew an impressive crowd to the river side of Banana Joe’s, located in the old Freight House.

Touring Company of "Rigoletto" Shines at Adler Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Patricia Baugh-Riechers   
Tuesday, 21 October 2003 18:00
When the censors of Venice read the first libretto of the opera Rigoletto, they felt that the story was dangerous, shocking, and unflattering to the King of France. The original libretto and the Victor Hugo play on which it was based featured historical figures, King Francis I of France and his jester, Tribuolet. Giuseppi Verdi, who wrote the score, and Francesco Maria Piave, who wrote the libretto, made changes. The King was changed to a Duke, the setting from France to Italy, and the name of the jester to Rigoletto. The censors were satisfied, and the opera was first performed in Venice on March 11, 1851.

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