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Nova Singers Presents: A Nova Christmas PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 08 December 2014 10:09

Nova Singers, under the direction of Dr. Laura Lane, presents two performances of A Nova Christmas on Friday, December 19, 7:30pm at St. Paul Lutheran in Davenport, and on Saturday, December 20, 7:30pm at First Lutheran Church in Galesburg.

Celebrate the holiday season with Nova Singers and join the many families who have made this their annual tradition!  We’ll sing standard old favorites such as Hark! The Herald Angels Sing and The Holly and the Ivy, new versions of some of your favorite Christmas carols like Lo, How a Rose and O Come, O Come Emmanuel, an African carol with drums, and Kevin Memley’s incomparable O Magnum Mysterium. Join us for a beautiful night of laughter, hope, peace and joy.


Dr. Lane talks about the program: “What people love most about the Nova Christmas program is still the same:  beautiful new arrangements of familiar carols, hauntingly sweet melodies in a variety of tempos and styles.  What I’m really excited about, though, is what’s new this year:  Betelehemu, an African carol with drumming, clapping and movement, and a Pentatonics arrangement of Carol of the Bells with vocal percussion! Plus, people have loved our vocal jazz renditions for years, and this year we have jazz arrangements of In dulci jubilo, I Wonder as I Wander, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and Deck the Hall.  But now, with the Pentatonics tune, we’re expanding into the world of a cappella!”

For our Galesburg concert, students from the Galesburg High School Chamber Singers will join Nova Singers. For the Davenport concert, the Sudlow Select Choir will be guests of the Nova Singers.

Nova Singers, a professional vocal ensemble under the direction of Dr. Laura Lane, hopes to share our musical soul with you.  Nova Singers is known for the beauty, charm, sincerity and emotional power the singers impart to their music.

Tickets will be available at the door. Admission is $18 for adults and $15 for seniors. Students are admitted free of charge.  Season tickets are still available for purchase at the door: $60 for adults and $50 for seniors.  For information about tickets, recordings, or other Nova Singers’ events visit our website at!


Nova Singers’ 2014-2015 season is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council and with Quad City Arts Dollar$ funds, provided by Hubbell-Waterman Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, the Doris and Victor Day Foundation, and Deere & Company.

Mark Russell Smith Invites You Inside the Music PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 December 2014 16:59
Inside the Music

Join QCSO Music Director and Conductor Mark Russell Smith in an exploration of this weekend's performances of Masterworks III: A Musical Showcase of QCSO soloists this Thursday evening at the Hotel Blackhawk. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with snacks and cash bar provided.

Disney On Ice Takes the Ice at the iWireless Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lindsey Lobur   
Thursday, 04 December 2014 16:54
Moline, IL, 12/03/14 - Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories when Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy at the iWireless Center tomorrow night! This one-of-a-kind production is in town from Thursday, Dec. 4 to Sunday, Dec 7 for seven performances at the iWireless Center. Tickets are on sale now and are available at the iWireless Box Office.

Thrill to high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney*Pixar's Cars race across the ice. Dive into The Little Mermaid's enchanting undersea kingdom and enter the mystical world of Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell and the Disney Fairies as they reveal the magic that lies within! The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie, and the Toy Story gang escape from the rambunctious tots of Sunnyside Daycare and race for home, in their most daring adventure ever!

From wheels to waves, playtime to pixie dust, your family's favorite Disney moments come to life at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy with dazzling skating, special effects and beloved characters certain to create a lifetime of memories.

Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy start at the iWireless Center, located at 1201 River Drive in Moline. Tickets are $17.00, $23.00, 36.00 VIP or 53.00 Ice Side. For ticket information please see or For group rates and information,call Lindsey at 309.277.1356 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Worlds of Fantasy: Performance Schedule:

*No Discounts on VIP or Ice Side Seating

*All seats are reserved, and tickets are available at the iWireless Center box office, and by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

To learn more about Disney On Ice Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt, log on to, or visit us on Facebook and YouTube.


QCWE announces Holiday Concert featuring the Big River Brass Band PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 December 2014 11:43

The Quad City Wind Ensemble (QCWE) and season sponsors Edward Jones and Modern Woodmen announce a free holiday concert featuring the Big River Brass Band (BRBB).  The concert will be Sunday, December 14 at 3:00 p.m. in the Galvin Fine Arts Center, 517 W. Locust St., on the campus of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA.  The event is free and open to the public.  This is the 3rd year the BRBB has been featured during the holiday QCWE concert.

The QCWE was founded in 1987 by Dr. Charles B. DCamp of St. Ambrose University, and has become one of the finest adult bands in the nation. In 2012 the QCWE was the Community Division winner of The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance.  For additional information, please visit, or  Please contact Tyné Rieck, QCWE Public Relations at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further information about the Quad City Wind Ensemble.

The BRBB was co-founded by Ed Butterfield, retired band director for Rock Island High School and Jerry Miller, John Deere retiree.  Miller saw a picture of the Deere Cornet Band in a book about Deere's history and decided to revive a brass band using Deere employees in order to carry on the Deere tradition.  Ed Butterfield later retired as director and was succeeded by current conductor Brian Burke. Since 2006, regular concerts have been played in Aledo, Geneseo, Rock Island, Moline, Bettendorf, and at the Festival of Trees in Davenport. The BRBB plays in the style of European brass bands and draws literature from classic brass band, jazz arrangements for brass band, and continues to search for new music.  For additional information, please visit their facebook page at



A gift for the spirit PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Thursday, 04 December 2014 10:46

The German American Heritage Center invites you to the annual Holiday Concert of the Davenport Zither Ensemble. This year the group is featuring two outstanding zither guest artists from Wisconsin, Kurt von Eckroth and Jeff Palenik. Watch for Jeff and Anne Prinz from the ensemble appearing on the Friday, Dec. 5 edition of the Paula Sands Show, KWQC Channel 6!

The concert is Sunday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2363 W. 3rd St, Davenport.

Note the change of venue!

Admission is free, but a $5.00 donation is suggested. There will be wonderful zither music and a chance to sing your favorite German Christmas songs. Special thanks to the St Mark congregation for hosting this seasonal event.

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