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Written by Jared Johnson   
Friday, 02 December 2011 09:24


The first half of the 2011-12 Masterworks season concludes in just a few weeks on December 3rd and 4th with Concerti for Celli, featuring cellists Tony Ross and Beth Rapier Ross. This husband-and-wife team, respectively principal cello and assistant principal cello of the Minnesota Orchestra, brings their own special connection to a pair of concerti, each written for a pair of celli. The first by Ott in a modern idiom, with the second in Vivaldi's more Baroque style.


Michael Abel's Global Warming, originally commissioned by Mark Russell Smith, displays the warming of cultural relations by weaving together folk music from divergent cultures into one noisy yet harmonic global village. The concert is concluded with Brahms' beloved First Symphony.


For full program notes and listening samples, click here.


For guest artist biographies, click here.


Tickets for Masterworks III may be purchased at 800.745.3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets, or by clicking here.

Chili with Celli


Friday, December 2 at 5 PM, cellists from around the Quad Cities are invited to join Anthony Ross and Beth Rapier Ross from the Minnesota Orchestra, along with Hannah Holman, Kevin Price-Brenner, and Mark Russell Smith at the River Music Experience in downtown Davenport for a chili dinner and cello performance. Chili will be available at 5, with the program beginning at 5:30.


The chili will be provided by Volunteers for Symphony and drinks will be for sale at the RME Cafe. This event is free to the public and everyone is invited to bring their cello and a music stand. Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 30, to Rebecca Swartz, Education and Youth Ensemble Coordinator, at 563.322.0931 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you plan to attend.

Win $50,000 in the Symphony Raffle


In honor of our 97th season, the QCSO is selling 1000 $97 raffle tickets which could win you $50,000!


In addition to that exciting Grand Prize, over $3500 in preliminary cash prizes will be awarded at each Quad City Symphony Orchestra concert this season, including a $2500 "early bird" prize on December 4. Winners of the preliminary prizes will remain eligible for the Grand Prize, so the earlier you buy your ticket, the better your chance to win!


Buy your tickets today at the QCSO Box Office or by mailing a check for $97 to 327 Brady Street, Davenport, Iowa 52801. Your tickets will be mailed to you upon the receipt of your check.

The Signature Series continues


The QCSO saw great attendance for the premier offering of its Signature Series and expects to see the same when the Lyrebird Ensemble performs at the Figge Art Museum on January 21. The Lyrebird Ensemble, a collaboration between Quad City Symphony Orchestra members Ellen Huntington and Lillian Lau, will perform hidden gems from the flute and harp repertoire. Come to hear the gorgeous combination of these two instruments in a program of rarely performed works ranging from charming to virtuosic. This second concert of the Signature Series is in the Figge Art Museum on January 21 at 8 PM.


The Lyrebird Ensemble will be performing in the "Fins and Feathers: Children's Book Illustrations from the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art," a temporary exhibit at the Figge Art Museum that showcases original children's book illustrations from the late 1960s through today. Included are works by Leo Lionni (Fish is Fish), Petra Mathers (Lottie's New Beach Towel), and Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar). The exhibition opens on the day of the concert and runs through April 22, 2012.


Tickets for the Signature Series are $18, but if you buy both remaining concerts in the series you can save 15%. May 19 will feature the driving rhythms of composer Marc Mellits at the River Music Experience. The first thing you'll do after each concert is tweet: "That was the best music I've heard in a long time."


To read more about the Lyrebird Esemble, click here.

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