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Holiday Pops on sale now! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCSO   
Thursday, 18 October 2012 07:54

Holiday Pops featuring Mark Wood quickly approaching

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra and Quad City Arts kick off the holiday season on November 17 with an extravaganza featuring electric violinist Mark Wood, Quad City Arts Visiting Artist and founding member of Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Conductor Michael Gagliardo leads a cast of local talent like never before assembled, including the Quad City Symphony Orchestra; the Sanctuary Choir of First Presbyterian Church, Davenport; the Holiday Pops Children's Chorus; and for the first time ever, the Holiday Pops Youth Ochestra. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the i wireless Center with the holiday favorites you've come to expect, mixed with many of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's greatest hits.

Tickets are currently on sale at the i wireless Center box office, by phone at 800.745.3000, or online at www.qcsymphony.com. One dollar from every ticket will benefit the Genesis Music Therapy Programs.

Holiday Pops is sponsored by John Deere.

Masterworks 2

Mozart & Beethoven

Saturday, November 3

7:30 p.m.

Adler Theatre

Davenport

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Masterworks 2

Mozart & Beethoven

Sunday, November 4

2 p.m.

Centennial Hall

Augustana College

Rock Island

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Holiday Pops

featuring Mark Wood

Saturday, November 17

7:30 p.m.

i wireless Center

Moline

Get tickets here

 
Rap group, RusHour, to perform Thursday at its former school PDF Print E-mail
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Written by M. McNeil   
Thursday, 18 October 2012 07:53
Glenview Middle School Students celebrate the National LIGHTS ON day with dance and music

(East Moline, IL)  More than 100 students will celebrate October 18th as National Lights ON Day--a day designed to draw attention to vital afterschool programs--by watching two kinds of dance—Rap and Philippine.

The school’s mini assembly is scheduled for Thursday, October 18th at 3:45 pm in the school’s north gym.  On hand will be the very popular local rap group, RusHour, (made up of former Glenview students) and The Philippine Dance Troupe Company of the Quad Cities.   The media is invited to attend the assembly and interview the performers, Lights ON student and staff.

Who:  Glenview Lights on Students
What:  Cultural dance and music display
When:  Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 3:45 pm
Where:  Glenview Middle School East Moline
3100 7th Street East Moline, IL 61244
North Gym
Why:  Celebrate National Lights ON day in the community


East Moline will join more than 7,500 communities and 1 million Americans celebrating Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide event organized by the Afterschool Alliance to rally support for afterschool programs.

Afterschool programs keep kids safe, help working families and inspire learning. In the U.S. today, 15.1 million children go home alone after school.


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Film’s Re-Release Highlights How Halloween & Hollywood Changed in 1978 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:38
Outside-the-Box Producer Discusses Value of New Blood
in the Industry

Once upon a time – before the late 1970s – it was a holiday for children.

Using Halloween as a theme, however, an independent film producer saw opportunity by getting inside the minds of adults. Irwin Yablans, (www.irwinyablans.com), pioneered a highly profitable new genre, Horror, by rebranding an overlooked holiday and introducing Hollywood to new talent.

In his new memoir, “The Man Who Created Halloween,” Yablans details his fortuitous journey from Brooklyn’s tenements to Hollywood and behind-the-scenes tales from the iconic movie.

“I suppose it is a bit of a Cinderella story, if Cinderella were a pugnacious Jewish guy who fought his way out of a run-down Brooklyn tenement and made a living out of rebranding a kiddie holiday with Hitchcockian chiller-flicks,” says Yablans, who created the “Halloween” franchise of movies as an independent producer.

The film that kicked it all off is being rereleased in theaters this holiday season for the first time in 34 years. Showings can be found online, at http://www.screenvision.com/cinema-events/halloween/.

Yablans also worked as sales chief at Paramount Pictures and was head of Orion Pictures. But it was when he did things his own way, as an independent producer, that he made his mark on the world. He says the following factors and people significantly contributed to the success of his project:

• New blood (with John Carpenter): Thirty-five years ago, Carpenter was an “almost consumptively thin guy” who just graduated from USC’s film school. Yablans admired Carpenter’s film pedigree – both were fans of legendary director Howard Hawks – and liked the young talent’s film, “Assault on Precinct 13,” which was distributed by Compass International Pictures, Yablans’ company.

• Michael Myers (the original): Yablans quickly became good friends with a friendly new distributor in England, Mr. Myers, who appreciated Carpenter’s work for its economy and originality. Later, Yablans went with his gut feeling to have Carpenter direct “Halloween,” and the name Michael Myers would forever have a new connotation.

• New blood/familiar lineage (with Jamie Lee Curtis): “Curtis had that perfect blend of youthful newness and Hollywood lineage, which was perfect for ‘Halloween,’ ” says Yablans. “She had an impressive amount of maturity and charm, as she was just 18; but she is also the daughter of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh.” Curtis’ mother starred in the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” the primary influence of “Halloween.” “I’m still proud of the fact that we cast Curtis as the heroine Laurie,” he says.

• It’s all in your mind (Halloween as a concept): Yablans grew up listening to radio shows that relied on “theater of the mind” narratives to capture the imaginations of listeners. He used the same approach with the “Halloween” series, the first of which premiered in 1978. His films spawned a wave of iconic horror characters, and a new way to do business in Hollywood.

• Co-producers (Moustapha Akkad and Joseph Wolf): Akkad and Wolfe had a dynamic relationship with each other, and they helped Yablans and Carpenter with the $325,000 budget it took to make “Halloween,” which went on to gross more than $100,000 million – the most successful independent film of its time.

About Irwin Yablans

Irwin Yablans is the executive producer and creator of the “Halloween” film series, which forever changed the horror genre and the old studio system. His new autobiography, “The Man Who Created Halloween,” details a true rags-to-riches tale of a boy who grew up in a roach-invested tenement in Brooklyn to become the man who transformed society’s view of a children’s holiday. Yablans’ influence in Hollywood includes setting the standard for a new breed of independent producers and filmmakers, the discovery of famed director John Carpenter and advocating for studio support of one of the most acclaimed films in history, Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now.” Yablans self-published his debut book through CreateSpace, Amazon.com’s independent publishing platform.

 
Teens Taking Over ‘The Voice’ & ‘X-Factor’ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 15 October 2012 15:03
20-year-old Top 40s Singer Offers Tips for Kids
with Big Dreams

If Sydney Rose, 20, could talk to the young contestants wowing audiences on “The Voice” and “The X-Factor,” she’d tell them: Even if you don’t make it to the end, if you have a vision and a talent, don’t ignore it.

The singer/songwriter whose debut pop single, “Breaking Rules,” hit No. 21 on the national radio Top 40 chart in October, says she tried to put her dream on hold – and couldn’t.

“I’ve been in love with music all my life,” says Rose (www.sydneyrosemusic.com). “I’ve learned it’s an important part of who I am and you can’t ignore that, no matter what your age.”

Rose grew up honing her singing skills, then learning guitar (“My first chord was D”) and dancing. She overcame any lingering shyness about performing before audiences by joining two other girls in a pop/dance group called Rosemadayne.

But when it came time to attend college, she decided it was best to put her dream on a back burner.

“I was afraid,” she says. “I wanted to experience college without the pressure of a music career, but I actually felt more pressure without my dream and I knew I had to nurture that passion that is so a part of me.”

That’s when she wrote her newest album, “Rise,” an up-tempo celebration of life. It’s getting airplay on radio stations across the country, a development that never ceases to amaze and delight the rising star.

“Listening to myself on the planet 96.7 right at this moment!!!” she posted recently on Twitter (@itssydneyrose). “This is surreal!!!! #bestdayeverever.”

Rose offers tips for other young people who are determined to follow their dreams:

• Get your support team together: Whether it’s parents, other family members, friends or teachers, you’ll need people who encourage and help guide you. Coaches, mentors or instructors can help you improve – because no matter what your talent and how much of it you’ve got, you can always expand your abilities with help. Depending on your age, that may require financial and transportation support. “I started voice lessons when I was a tween, and to this day I get intensive voice training,” Rose says. “But the more skills you have, the better, so I also started working on dance when I was 13 years old. No matter what type of creative talent you have – singing, acting, writing or painting – if you want to become a professional, you need training.” Anyone who is supportive in your life, including friends, other family members and teachers, are reminders of why dreams matter to you.

• Set realistic goals: You may dream of being in the movies or on TV, but don’t expect to start there! “I happily performed at bar and bat mitzvahs (bonus! – I met my manager through those), book stores, Best Buy stores, and at my vocal school,” Sydney says. “These were great opportunities to get used to being in front of live audiences and learning how to interact with the audience.” The smaller goals are there for you to reach the bigger ones – Rome was not built overnight, she says. Those who are supportive will remind you of the big picture.

• Remember, it’s OK to be scared: Doing something for the first time can be really scary, and it’s perfectly normal to be nervous. But don’t let that stop you from getting out there and trying! “From experience, I know that almost anything that seems scary the first time gets much easier, and less scary, every time you do it,” Sydney says. “Don’t let fear keep you from ever taking the next step.”

• Have fun! “With ‘Rise,’ I wrote songs that are fun and upbeat. I thought, ‘If I’m going to do this for the rest of my life, I have to have an amazing time. Right?’ she says. Part of what has helped the album’s success is that she was genuinely happy and having a good time when she recorded it. No matter what you’re doing, your true emotions tend to color your work – they’re hard to hide, so work with them.

About Sydney Rose

Sydney Rose is a 20-year-old recording artist who has worked toward her success the old-fashioned way – through training, practice and dedication. She credits great coaches for helping her develop her talent for singing, dancing and songwriting, and she has become a rising star on the pop music circuit. Her new album, “Rise,” is now available on iTunes.

 
WQPT BRINGS ROMANCE TO THE AIRWAVES WITH BRITISH DRAMEDY 'WILLIAM AND MARY' STARRING MARTIN CLUNES PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lora Adams   
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:23

Moline, Illinois  -  WQPT, Quad Cities PBS is happy to include another series to our lineup – “William and Mary,” Sundays at 9:00 pm beginning October 21st.

Starring Martin Clunes (Doc Martin, Men Behaving Badly) and Julie Graham (Dirty Tricks, Butterfly Collectors) as William Shawcross and Mary Gilcrest.  The series follows two single parents looking for love through dating services- and perhaps they have found it. The only glitch – she’s a midwife - bringing new people into the world and he’s an undertaker, who is seeing them out.

About WQPT

On-air, online and in the community, WQPT plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of residents throughout eastern Iowa and western Illinois. WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University and is located in Moline, Illinois. Throughout its nearly 30-year history, WQPT has been known for its local productions, public affairs programming, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, wqpt.org. WQPT is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about WQPT productions, programming schedules for both WQPT and our second channel, MHz Worldview, and community events, please visit wqpt.org.

 
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