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Samantha Eilers named member of Luther College Nordic Choir PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Julie Shockey   
Monday, 22 December 2014 16:52

DECORAH, IA (12/22/2014)(readMedia)-- Samantha Eilers of Geneseo, Illinois is a member of the Luther College 2014-15 Nordic Choir music ensemble.

Eilers is the daughter of Walter and Beth Eilers of Geneseo. She is majoring in music at Luther. Eilers is a 2011 graduate of Geneseo High School.

Nordic Choir, founded in 1946, enjoys national and international acclaim as a premier collegiate choral ensemble in the United States. Nordic Choir is directed by Allen Hightower, director of choral activities at Luther College since 2010. Nordic Choir has toured extensively throughout the United States, performing in churches of all denominations, schools and concerts halls, including Lincoln Center, New York; Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.; and the Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City.

Allen Hightower serves as Luther's Director of Choral Activities, as well as the director of Nordic Choir and the artistic director of "Christmas at Luther." He was recently appointed the first Weston Noble Endowed Chair in Music. Hightower earned an undergraduate degree in music education from Sam Houston State University, a master's degree in choral conducting from the Eastman School of Music, a master's degree in orchestral conducting from Baylor University and a doctorate in conducting from UCLA.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation with six choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and nearly 1,000 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 350 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, church music and performance.

100 Years, 100 Cellos to benefit QCSO Music Education programs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCSO   
Monday, 22 December 2014 15:07

As you know, superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma is coming to help us celebrate our 100th Season with a special concert on May 14, 2015 at the Adler Theatre, Davenport. In honor of his performance and our historic year, Volunteers for Symphony has launched "100 Years, 100 Cellos”, a project that will create and display beautiful art around the Quad Cities and raise awareness and funds to support the QCSO educational programs.

You can be a part of this ambitious project to create 100 painted cellos by signing up to be an artist or a sponsor! Sponsorships starts at $1,000, and you can either decorate your own cello or have an artist provided for you by VfS. You can also determine the display location of the cello. All of the cellos will be brought together at our Birthday Party on May 29, 2015 at the Figge Art Museum (more details to come about that). Our fundraising goal is to raise $100,000 and make everyone in the QC aware of our critical Music Education programs, and we can do it with your help. Click here to read more about the 100 Years, 100 Cellos Project.

Decorate a Cello
If you are interested in decorating a cello, click on the link below. As sponsorships start rolling we will let you know in whether we will need your or your students’ artistic talent to decorate a cello or to create a poster. Here is a Fact Sheet about the Cello project.

Sponsor a Cello
If you would like to sponsor a cello, please click here.

Do you know any young singers?
The Quad City Symphony Youth Choir is accepting mid-season auditions to be held January 8, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Moline. Please visit our website to learn more.

Did you attend Masterworks III: A Musical Showcase?
Please give us your feedback by our survey by clicking the link below.  We will use your responses to improve our services and programs to provide you the best experience in the future.

Thank you in advance!

Make Your End-of-Year Donation to the QCSO

It is hard to believe that we have come to the end of the calendar year! It seems like only yesterday that we were announcing our historic Anniversary season. And what a year it has already been! When the American superstar pianist Garrick Ohlsson canceled at the last minute, we were honored to be joined by another American superstar Andre Watts. Rising star Erin Keefe gave a powerful and expressive performance of Brahms' magnificent Violin Concert, and just two weeks ago, we showcased our own QCSO musicians in a potpourri of concert pieces that had the audience on their feet four times! And, following each of these memorable solo performances, the QCSO musicians poured their souls into stirring second half symphonies of Dvorak, Tchaikovsky and Mozart.

We promise that each of the remaining performances this season will be equal in measure - Rhapsody in Blue, Bruckner's Romantic Symphony and Beethoven Symphony #9 "Ode to Joy" ending with our special concert with Yo-Yo Ma.
But we need your help! Did you know that ticket sales cover only one third of the operating expenses to present our incredible concerts and powerful education programs? We rely on the annual contributions of corporation, foundation, and individuals like you to help us meeting the critical demand in our community for superb symphonic music. 

Please consider a contribution at the end of this calendar year to our Annual Fund.

Amy Pham named member of Luther College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Julie Shockey   
Monday, 22 December 2014 14:36

DECORAH, IA (12/22/2014)(readMedia)-- Amy Pham of Davenport, Iowa, is a member of the Luther College 2014-15 Aurora music ensemble.

Pham, the daughter of Katelyne and Len Pham of Davenport, is majoring in music at Luther College. She is a 2014 graduate of Davenport West High School.

Aurora is one of six auditioned choral ensembles at Luther College. Established in 1981, the group is comprised of first-year women, selected each fall by audition. They perform on and off-campus for worship services, participate in the annual Christmas at Luther concert and Dorian Vocal Festival, and present a spring concert with the Norsemen, Luther's choral ensemble for first-year men.

Jennaya Robison, conductor of Aurora, is in demand as a conductor, clinician and soprano throughout the United States. Prior to coming to Luther College she was the artistic director of Scottsdale Musical Arts. She has held faculty and teaching positions at the University of Arizona, Luther College and the University of New Mexico. As a soprano, she made her debut in 2010 with the Tucson Symphony in Handel's Messiah and has sung as a soloist with the Arizona Opera, Scottsdale Arts Orchestra, Scottsdale Symphony, St. Andrews Bach Society and Luther College Symphony Orchestra.

News Releases - Music & Entertainment
Written by Jim Kersten   
Monday, 22 December 2014 12:50
On behalf of our friends at Broken Saddle- the best and only country bar in the Quad Cities- we'd like to let you know about the great live entertainment coming to
Broken Saddle throughout January...and also remind you of Broken Saddle's superb daily specials.  

Located at 1417 5th Avenue in Moline, Broken Saddle has also partnered with the Mallards for the Broken Saddle Hat Trick promotion- if a Mallard player scores a hat trick, all fans in attendance can receive $5 off an order at Broken Saddle.


Thursday December 4th

- Twisted Mic's Music and Entertainment 9pm - 12am

Friday January 2nd

-  Jacob Bergland - 830pm - 1130pm

Saturday January 3rd

-  Keller Karaoke - 9pm - 1:00am

Thursday January 8th

- Twisted Mic's Music and Entertainment 9pm - 12am

Friday January 9th

- Twisted Mic's Music and Entertainment - 9pm - 1:30am

Saturday January 10th

-  Keller Karaoke 9pm - 1:00am

Thursday January 15th

- Twisted Mic's Music and Entertainment 9pm - 12am

Friday January 16th

-  Dirty Water Boys 9pm -1am

Saturday January 17th

- Twisted Mic's Music and Entertainment 9pm - 1:30am

Thursday January 22nd

- Twisted Mic's Music and Entertainment 9pm - 12am

Friday January 23rd

- Jef Spradley and Jordan Danielson 9pm - 1:30am

Saturday January 24th

-Barstool Boogaloo and Them Som' Bitches  9pm - 1:30am

Thursday January 29th

- Twisted Mic's Music and Entertainment 9pm - 12am

Friday January 30th

- Twisted Mic's Music and Entertainment 9pm - 1:30am

Saturday January 31

- Stephan David Johnson 9pm - 1am

Thursday February 5th

- Twisted Mic's Music and Entertainment 9pm - 12am

Friday February 6th

- Dani Lynn Howe Band 9pm -1am

Friday February 13th

- Twisted Mic's Music and Entertainment 9pm - 1:30pm

Saturday February 14th

- Dirt Road Rockers 10:30pm - 1:30am


Sunday- $2.00 Tall Boy Cans

Monday- $2.00 Tall Boy Cans

Tuesday- Tequila Tuesday-$1 off all Tequilas $2 Tequila of the Day

Wednesday- Whiskey Wednesday - $1 off all Whiskeys and $3 Fireballs

Thursday- Ladies Night $2.00 PBR, Miller High Life, Staff, Coors Banquet  Tall Boy Cans.  $2 select shots and $4 specialty martinis.  Twisted Mic's Music and Entertainment Every Thursday 9pm - 12am

Friday and Saturday- Live Entertainment every nights $4 Moonshine Shots and fireball specials

News Releases - Music & Entertainment
Written by Candace Avery   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 14:15
Sinead O'Connor, Alt-J, The Killers, Aimee Mann, Dustin Lynch, Rosanne Cash, and More Sign On As Judges

December 17, 2014 - Unsigned Only Music Competition revealed today its high-profile judging panel for the 2015 competition, which is now accepting entries. The renowned panel consists of iconic recording artists and journalists and will determine the winners in eleven categories representing a wide variety of commercial genres of music.

Designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label, Unsigned Only's goal is to find an outstanding, talented performing artist: a band, singer, or solo artist. Unsigned Only gives away over $100,000 in cash and prizes, including $10,000 in cash and one-on-one mentoring by an elite group of record company executives to the overall Grand Prize winner. First and Second Place winners in each category will also be chosen. The deadline to enter is March 18, 2015. Original and cover songs are accepted in all categories except for Screen Shot which accepts original songs only.

Artists may enter into any of the following categories: Adult Album Alternative (AAA) Adult Contemporary (AC); Americana; Christian; Country; Folk/Singer-Songwriter; R&B/Hip-Hop; Rock; Pop/Top 40; Screen Shot; Teen; and Vocal Performance.

Screen Shot is a new category that has been added this year, and it is geared toward helping artists get their music in film, TV, video games, and advertising. Music execs who are looking to place music in various projects will be judging this category and will also provide advice on music licensing to the winner of the category. Included are: Michelle Bayer (Shelly Bay Music); Michelle Silverman (Modern Planet); Ani Johnson (Monomyth Media); Evan Stein (Experience Music Group); Velma Barkwell (East End Music Productions); Jen Taunton (Level Two Music); and more to be announced.

"Last year Screen Shot was a special promotion that we ran for entrants," says Founders/Directors Candace Avery and Jim Morgan. "The response was huge and was a great success for many artists who were able to secure licensing deals for their music. This is just another way for Unsigned Only to help its entrants, and we are excited to be able to open these new doors for independent artists."

Judges include:  Aimee Mann; Alt-J; Dustin Lynch; Sinead O'Connor; The Killers; Rosanne Cash; David Crowder; Robert Smith (The Cure); Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Ray Wylie Hubbard; Aaron Shust; Lucero; Kelly Price; Colt Ford; Frank Foster; Jason Gray; Rapsody; Kool And The Gang; Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone); Kyle Anderson (Senior Writer, Entertainment weekly); Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); Chris Richards (Pop Music Critic, The Washington Post); Michael Hann (Music Editor, The Guardian); Shirley Halperin (Music Editor, Billboard and Hollywood Reporter); Lucy Jones (Deputy Editor, NME); Hardeep Phull (Music Critic, New York Post); and more to be announced.

Unsigned Only is sponsored by: Sony Creative Software, Guitar Center, D'Addario, Disc Makers, Ultimate Ears, Lurssen Mastering, Master Tour by Eventric, and The Music Business Registry.

For entry and general information, please go to


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