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Rite of Spring centennial performance this weekend! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCSO   
Friday, 08 March 2013 16:04

Rite of Spring at 100 years


When Stravinsky's Rite of Spring was first performed a century ago there were riots in the theater and the landscape of orchestral music was changed forever. We at the Quad City Symphony Orchestra are very excited to be performing this seminal piece, paired with one of the most popular pieces in the orchestral canon, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.


This weekend the Quad City Symphony Orchestra will also be announcing its Masterworks season for 2013-14 and accepting season renewals. If you are currently a season subscriber, you will be able to pick up your form at the concerts. Any orders returned with payment at the concerts will receive a free commemorative Quad City Symphony Orchestra travel mug, so be sure to bring your check books and credit cards with you!


This performance of Rite of Spring will complete Mark Russell Smith's cycle of Stravinsky ballet anniversaries that began with 2010's performance of the Firebird and followed in 2011 by Petrushka. Descriptions of original performance describe a near-riot breaking out in reaction to the avante garde nature of the music and choreography. You can watch a BBC recreation of this monumental evening by clicking here.


You can read the program notes written by Dennis Loftin before attending the concert by clicking here.


And recently Maestro Mark Russell Smith gave a lecture at the University of Minnesota which you can view by clicking here.


To celebrate the performance of Mussorgsky's work, Bruce Walters, a Professor of Art at Western Illinois University, has created a series of drawings entitled "Pictures at an Exhibition." These works of art will be displayed in the RiverCenter from March 1-9, 2013. This series is Walters' interpretation of the music of Pictures at an Exhibition, influenced by descriptions of the artwork that originally inspired the music. Walters added a local feel to the works by placing Quad City area landmarks throughout the series. The series is online at


Central Performing Arts Center presents The Chordbuster Chorus PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Martin   
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 13:15

Central Performing Arts Center, DeWitt, Iowa, proudly presents The Chordbuster Chorus on March 23, 2013 at 7:00 pm.

The performing chorus is called The Chordbuster, a group of men who love to sing and harmonize in the barbershop style while entertaining audiences and putting smiles on the faces of their fans.

The Chordbuster Chorus and its Chapter quartets regularly entertain a wide variety of audiences. Perhaps you have heard them singing the National Anthem at local baseball games, caroling at their annual Christmas show and local nursing/retirement homes, delivering singing valentines to lovers of all ages, or in concert at their annual Spring show called "Holiday in Harmony." The Chordbusters also had the honor of performing for the Governor of Iowa, President Ronald Reagan and have shared the stage with the Quad City Symphony.

The Chordbusters’ proudly support several charitable causes: The Harmony Foundation, the Davenport Family “ programs for children, Toys for Tots, local school vocal music programs, and Quad City food pantries.

Tickets for The Chordbuster Chorus are $10.00 each and are available online at, at DeWitt City Hall, 510 9th Street, or at the door one hour before the show.

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Written by Rebecca Dirks   
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 12:50
Limbs took root in the Summer of 2011, the seedling of an impromptu collaboration between EDM maestro DJ Kage, freestyling MC Ty James and the psychedelic rock group, The Messy Blend, consisting of drummer Nick Jenkins and guitarists/bassists Travis Patten and Alex Fischels . The fivesome wasted no time establishing their chemistry and synthesizing their musical characters and influences into a danceable, funky and melodic sound that has stumped concert goers striving for classification. Creative tags such as "Funk-hop Jamtronica" have been tossed about, and the band has been compared to diverse acts ranging from MGMT and Joy Division to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Iggy and the Stooges. While their genre has been hard to pin down, their appeal has not. Limbs turns wallflowers into participants, and those in the front row into loyal fans. The sound is experimental, but the songs are catchy, accessible, deeply felt and range dynamically in energy. Limbs move in many moods, lyrically and musically. The fellas have been pulling audiences into the groove from Chicago to Des Moines over the past year with their high-energy live show, and long to see you soon.

Limbs is currently in the studio working on their second full length album due out in APRIL.


West Music Quad Cities to host Steinway Living Legends Tour PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Goerdt   
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 12:43

Moline, IL – March 13, 2013 - West Music Quad Cities is proud to host the Steinway Living Legends Tour beginning March 13 through March 20. For this limited time, West Music Quad Cities will have three select pianos in-store that have been played by some of the world's greatest piano artists, including Billy Joel, Diana Krall, Harry Connick, Jr. and more.

People interested are encouraged to visit West Music Quad Cities to see and play the very Steinway pianos that music legends have performed and recorded upon. Artists that have played on the Living Legends pianos include:

Billy Joel, David Benoit, Yefim Bronfman, Ramsey Lewis, Regina Spektor, Diana Krall, Lang Lang, Bruce Hornsby, Harry Connick Jr., Jason Moran, McCoy Tyner, Emanuel Ax, Allen Toussaint, Fred Hersch, Keith Jarrett.

West Music Quad Cities is located at 4305 44th Avenue in Moline, Illinois. Due to the limited time these pianos will be present in the store, it is encouraged to call ahead to set up a private appointment. Please contact the West Music Pianos team by calling 309-764-9300 to schedule your time to experience this once in a lifetime opportunity.

About Steinway and Sons Piano Company
Since 1853, Steinway pianos have been handmade to last for generations. A treasured possession that grows in value over the course of time. Steinway is the choice of 99% of concert artists, and it is, quite simply, the standard by which all other pianos are compared.  Details about Steinway & Sons may be obtained by calling (800) 366-1853 or by visiting

About West Music Company

Founded in 1941, West Music’s mission to “Enrich peoples’ lives through participation in music” is at the root of its success and continued growth. West Music specializes in pianos, guitars, drums and percussion, band and orchestra instruments, and print music as well as offers music instruction, repair and music therapy services. West Music has six retail locations in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. For more information, visit West Music’s comprehensive online website at or call 1-800-373-2000.


The Mississippi Valley Blues Society presents The 2013 Mississippi Valley Blues Challenge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Brundies   
Friday, 01 March 2013 13:55

The first Mississippi Valley Blues Challenge will be held July 5, at the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival. The first of three bands will start at 3 PM and each will perform 20‑minute sets with 5 judges making a decision on which band is the best.

Bands within a 175 miles radius of the Quad Cities will be eligible to compete, but before a band can progress to the final round at the festival, they must first surmount a preliminary round on April 28, at The Muddy Waters, Bettendorf, IA, to decide on the top three bands for the final competition at the festival.

The winner earns the right to compete in the International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, January 21-January 25, 2014. The prize package also includes cash, travel expenses, and the opportunity to perform July 6, 2013 at the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport, Iowa.

The deadline for applications is April 20.  All interested bands can find applications at

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