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West Music Honored with Excellence in Retail Award PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Goerdt   
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 13:32
Coralville, IA - December 2012 – West Music Company has been awarded the prestigious "Retailer of the Year" award from Music Inc. Magazine. The 2012 Excellence Awards honors 10 retailers and 10 suppliers who have gone above and beyond in 2012, improving their businesses and their bottom lines, as voted on by their industry peers. This is the first time West Music has been honored with the Retailer of the Year award.

West Music continues to find new ways to grow its mission by bringing music to niche markets. West Music currently employs over 170 associates including 13 full-time music therapists and is also active in lobbying at the state level to recognize the value of music education in school programs. West Music recently debuted their exclusive line of José Hernàndez Mariachi instruments in early 2012. Developed in partnership with Jose Hernàndez, one of the most recognizable leaders in mariachi music, West Music created these instruments in an effort to bring high quality mariachi instruments to this growing market. Interest in mariachi music continues to grow across the United States and schools are increasingly looking for ways to bring this rich cultural heritage into their school music programs.

"Our 71 year history illustrates our ongoing commitment to our customers and to our mission – 'To enrich peoples’ lives through the participation in music.' I am particularly proud of our extraordinary team of talented associates. It really is the people who make the difference here. I'm very fortunate to be surrounded by passionate, creative employees. This award acknowledges their dedication and passion to making a difference in the lives of our customers." said Robin Walenta, CEO and President of West Music.

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 www.westmusic.com or call 1-800-373-2000.

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THUNDER POWER RELEASES DEBUT LP VOLUMES PDF Print E-mail
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Written by mewmedic.com   
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 13:16
After six years of what seems to be an ever-revolving cast, Thunder Power remains the collective musical outlet of a group of friends residing in Omaha, anchored by constant members Alex Boardman, Will Silvey Simons and Ian Simons.
They have released four EPs (two solo, two split), and they’re at long last ready to release their debut LP Volumes, out now on Slumber Party Records.
Volumes, recorded at ARC Studios in Omaha, features 11 tracks that capture the band’s musical approach of attempting to reach peak instrumental lushness, all balanced by the off-putting beauty (and sometimes frailness) of introverted songwriting.
Please visit http://slumberpartyrecords.com/albums/volumes/ for a couple of track previews.
Below is a still shot from Thunder Power's video for "Spiraling Sky" from Volumes. You can watch the video here.
or click this link...
The Spiraling Sky story is intricate yet universal. Toki, a monkey from another universe, embarks on a journey of psychedelic self-discovery and finds that he has more in common with transuniveral beings than he ever imagined possible after he ends up teleporting to a gathering at the home of early 20th century English nobleman Alexander Boardmont, 15th Earl Boardmont. Those in attendance receive an omen of a strange happening about to occur in the form of a cryptic medieval parchment, but do not know what to make of it until Toki bursts into the living room. As you will see, the cast (including two adorable live gibbons AND an animated monkey!) brings the story to life in a compelling mix of live and animated footage with a feel that is equal parts Downton Abbey, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Scooby-Doo.
You can also find the video for "Foreign Soil" from Volumes at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1To6eIhfj0.
Thunder Power taking it easy on a beautiful fall afternoon in Omaha
A few kind words about our previous releases...
"Thunder Power is a band that understands dynamics, recalling a Moe Tucker-fronted Velvet Underground with just a splash of Pixies. Definitely worth keeping an eye on."
- My Old Kentucky Blog, Indianapolis, IN, http://www.myoldkentuckyblog.com/?p=14978
"Thunder Power reminds us of the kind of simplicity that is all we need to survive on, the ways that letters are put into words and then the way that they’re given context – the way that no matter what we’re going through, there’s really no stopping and that’s usually what gets us through and over to the other side."
"Soulful twee-pop…you’ll be humming…throughout the day."
"Thunder Power manages to flesh it out in subtle ways…making for little moments that let some maturity and individuality show through."
"I realize they have a forceful name, but their music is reminiscent of Belle and Sebastian: it’s got an extremely catchy and whimsical feel to it."
"Whatever the song, it doesn’t discount the fact that Thunder Power is an excellent band with amazing potential. They proved it with Love Yourself… and they definitely do so again with And Everything After."
Please contact thunderpower@slumberpartyrecords.com with any further inquiries.

 
Emma Wall Performs In Concerts at Concordia University, Nebraska PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jenny Hammond   
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 09:39

Additional Concert Added This Year to Meet Popular Demand

SEWARD, NE (01/09/2013)(readMedia)-- Emma Wall, a freshman from Eldridge, Iowa, performed as part of Concordia University, Nebraska's annual Christmas at Concordia concerts Dec. 7-9. Performances were Friday, Dec. 7, Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9, at St. John Lutheran Church in Seward. Wall sang Soprano II in the A Cappella Choir.

An additional concert was added to the slate of Christmas at Concordia performances this year to better accommodate demand. In recent years all tickets have been reserved within a few days of becoming available. More than 2,000 people attended the concerts.

Multiple ensembles from the music department at Concordia took part in sharing the Christmas message. The four concerts featured the University A Cappella Choir, the University Symphonic Band, Male Chorus, Handbell Choir, Women's Chorale and the University Brass Ensemble. The groups performed traditional hymns of the season and request audience participation throughout the concerts. Scripture readings and original music from Concordia students and faculty also were part of the celebration.

Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Neb. that currently serves over 2,200 students. Concordia offers more than 50 professional and liberal arts programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. For more information, visit cune.edu.

 
QCSO Presents... PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCSO   
Tuesday, 08 January 2013 16:24

Valentine's Gala

 

Accompanying the Quad City Symphony Orchestra's Valentine's Day concert will be the second annual Valentine's Gala in the Gold Room of the Hotel Blackhawk in downtown Davenport. The event will provide a full slate of romantic entertainment for Quad-Citians looking to celebrate Valentine's Day in style.

The Valentine's Gala begins at held 5:00 p.m., on Saturday, February 9, at the Hotel Blackhawk, 200 E. 3rd St., Davenport, Iowa. Black tie is optional. Guests can enjoy hosted beer and wine, delicious appetizers, and browse the silent auction items.

At 6:00 p.m. guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner accompanied by live music. Then, at 7:30 p.m., the festivities move to the nearby Adler Theatre for the Valentine's Day Concert featuring the swing-era stylings Five by Design performing with the QCSO.

After the concert, guests can return to the Gold Room to dance to more music from Five by Design in a more intimate setting. Guests can also partake of delectable desserts, visit the hosted bar, and enjoy the live music until the silent auction concludes at 11:00 p.m.

To take part in this elegant evening of music and romance, call the Quad City Symphony Orchestra Box Office at 563-322-QCSO (7276) or click here to order online.

Youth String Ensemble to perform at CASI

 

The Quad City Youth String Ensemble, directed by Dortha DeWit, will present a Community Concert on Sunday, January 13, at 2:00 p.m. at the Center For Active Seniors Inc. CASI is located at 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport. This concert is a free, general admission performance. We hope you're able to come see these talented student musicians.

 

Valentine's Day concert to feature Five by Design

 

Don't miss this Valentine's Day treat featuring symphonic dances and swing-era favorites such as It Don't Mean a Thing, In The Mood, and more of your swing-era favorites from Five By Design. This symphonic celebration also features romantic favorites from Bernstein's West Side Story and Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. This evening of music is sure to get your heart racing and your feet tapping.

 

To buy your tickets, call 563.322.0931 or simply click here to order online.

The Valentine's Gala is sponsored by KWQC-HD News 6, Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial, Necker's Jewelers, the Planning Center, Ron's Toy Box, and the Sedona Group.

Also:

Masterworks 4

Valentine's Day

Saturday, February 9

7:30 p.m.

Adler Theatre, Davenport

Get tickets here

 

Masterworks 4

Valentine's Day

Sunday, February 10

2:00 p.m.

Centennial Hall,
Augustana College, Rock Island

Get tickets here

 
V3NTO Brass Trio at the Figge Art Museum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCSO   
Tuesday, 08 January 2013 16:23

On Saturday, January 19, at 8:00 p.m. the Figge Art Museum will host the award winning V3NTO Brass Trio. The V3NTO Brass Trio is a Chicago-based brass trio comprised of Jessica Jensen, trumpet; Anna Suechting, horn; and Skyler Johnson, trombone. The ensemble performs a wide variety of styles including latin, folk, jazz, and contemporary music.

 

V3NTO was recently awarded the Grand Prize at the 2012 Chicago Brass Festival Ensemble Competition. Skyler Johnson is the bass trombonist of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.

 

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for free hor d'oeuvres and cash bar. Tickets are $25 with a $10 student ticket rate. The performance will be held in the John Deere Auditorium of the Figge Art Museum. Please use the Main Street entrance. Parking is available in the Redstone Parking Ramp at 101 Main Street, immediately across from the Main Street entrance.

 

This concert is sponsored by Willamette Valley Awards, Inc.

 
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