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Tis the Season – Christmas Music Begins this Wednesday on MIX 96. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jessica Tillberg   
Monday, 03 November 2014 15:08
Davenport, IA – Again this year, 96.1 MIX 96 is the Quad Cities official CHRISTMAS Station!!!
100% Holiday hits start at midnight this Wednesday, November 5th!
Election season will be over and MIX 96 will celebrate the beginning of the Holiday Season with Christmas music 24/7 right through Christmas Day! ALL of MIX 96’s programming goes Christmas, including the ‘Jazz Patio’ on Sunday mornings from 8-11am and ‘Smooth Jazz Sunday Night’ every Sunday evening from 6-9pm.
96.1 FM MIX 96 is one of six Quad City area radio stations owned by iHeartMedia. Other stations in the local iHeartMedia cluster include 103.7 FM WLLR, 101.3 FM KISS, 106.5 FM KCQQ, AM 1230 WFXN and AM 1420 WOC. With 245 million monthly listeners in the U.S., 97 million monthly digital uniques and 196 million monthly consumers of its Total Traffic and Weather Network, iHeartMedia has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America.

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Written by Shane Natalie Thompson   
Monday, 03 November 2014 13:33
TBOS has famously announced a new online shop that is filled with merchandise to suit any
rock music enthusiast.
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Personal customer service is available on the site via email. Items for purchase are tailored to
suit the needs of male or female TBOS fans.
If your readers rock out to - The Birds of Satan - Taylor Hawkins - The Coattail Riders
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'RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus' Coming to Select US Cinemas 12/4 -- TODAY & 11/4, See 'RiffTrax Live: Anaconda' PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Fathom Events   
Friday, 31 October 2014 14:13
It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year -- RiffTrax season! Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (best known for the groundbreaking “Mystery Science Theater 3000”) will back in select cinemas nationwide soon with RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus.” A hilarious never-before-seen take on K. Gordon Murray’s 1959 Holiday “classic” Santa Claus, RiffTrax Live: Santa Clausis coming to select movie theaters nationwide on Thurs., Dec. 4 LIVE at 8pm ET/ 7:00pm CT and tape-delayed to 7pm MT/ 8pm PT.
But before then, Fathom Events,® and IGN are thrilled to bring RiffTrax Live: Anaconda will come to 650+ select cinemas on Tues., Nov. 4 at 7:30pm (local time).
RiffTrax Live: Santa Clauswill be presented in the following cinemas in your area.
Cinemark Davenport 18 with IMAX 3601 E 53Rd St Davenport IA 52807

Amazing Brahms' Violin Concerto this Weekend PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCSO   
Friday, 31 October 2014 08:58
The Quad City Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Mark Russell Smith with guest violinist Erin Keefe, perform on Saturday, November 1, at 8 p.m. at the Adler Theatre and Sunday, November 2, at 2 p.m. at Centennial Hall playing Brahms' luminous Violin Concerto which overflows with rich melodies and joyous dances. Also on the program are Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique,” his final work, which swings from exuberance to heart-rending despair, suffering, and loss. Also, celebrate James Romig’s World Premiere for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.

Purchase tickets by contacting our box office at 563.322.7276 or in person at 327 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52801.

Erin Keefe is quickly establishing a powerful reputation world wide. She is a top prize winner of international competitions and has given recitals in America, Austria, Germany, Korea, Poland, Japan, and Denmark. “The Brahms is my absolute favorite concerto to perform,” she said. “It is technically quite challenging but incredibly rewarding. I have played it many times but not at all in the past five years, so I'm really looking forward to this performance.”

Quad City Symphony Orchestra welcomes Randy Nunez as the new Box Office Manager. Randy joins the QCSO with a rich work history including 20 years with John Deere as a Program Administrator for Financial Services. He has worked part-time for both the QCSO and the Adler Theatre in box office sales. Randy has a Master's degree in Business Administration from St. Ambrose University.

Make sure to welcome Randy when you call the QCSO office next time for your tickets.

“Masterworks II: A Passion for Life” Offers Drama, Beauty and Joy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark McLaughlin   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 10:03
IA/IL QUAD-CITIES – A compelling artist who combines exhilarating emotion with fierce integrity, award-winning violinist Erin Keefe has performed with the top orchestras of the world. In the second presentation of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) 100th Anniversary Masterworks series, Keefe will perform one of the greatest concerto masterpieces – Johannes Brahms’ Violin Concerto, which abounds with rich melodies and joyous dances. Keefe’s performance is just one course of the musical feast presented in Masterworks II: A Passion for Life.

Masterworks II will be held 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Adler Theatre, Davenport, IA, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 2 at Centennial Hall, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL. QCSO Music Director and Conductor Mark Russell Smith will lead the orchestra. In addition to the Violin Concerto, the evening will also include a world premiere composition by James Romig entitled “Bridges,” and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique.”

“Keefe is charismatic, profound and engaging,” said Smith. “She imbues the Violin Concerto with life. Brahms’ piece has a vibrant Hungarian folk music influence. It holds drama and also offers moments of sweeping beauty. For me, it is ‘the’ violin concerto.” 

Erin Keefe and Brahms’ Violin Concerto
Violinist Erin Keefe is quickly establishing a powerful reputation worldwide. She is a top prize-winner of international competitions and has given recitals in America, Austria, Germany, Korea, Poland, Japan and Denmark. “The Brahms is my absolute favorite concerto to perform,” she said. “It is technically quite challenging but incredibly rewarding. I have played it many times but not at all in the past five years, so I'm really looking forward to this performance.”

Neither of Keefe’s parents are musicians, but her father always loved listening to classical music. “He thought it would be a good hobby for me,” she said, “so I started taking violin lessons at the age of 7 through a Suzuki program.” 

Keefe added that she feels very honored to take part in the 100th Season of the QCSO. “I have heard so many great things about the orchestra,” she said, “and I'm looking forward to making music with them. It will also be fun to work with Mark Russell Smith because he was the conductor of an orchestra I played in when I was in high school.”

“Erin is an exceptional musician and a true soloist with a depth of musicality,” said Benjamin Loeb, Executive Director of the QCSO. “She has the talent and maturity needed to express the different roles in this beautiful work by Brahms. She will give a glorious performance.”

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) was a German composer and pianist. He composed for piano, chamber ensembles, symphony orchestra, as well as voice and chorus. His popularity and influence throughout his career were considerable. He is often grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the “Three Bs” of great composers.

James Romig’s “Bridges”

New commissions have been an important part of the QCSO’s history – especially during the 100th Anniversary season. New music helps to keep orchestral music relevant, and the QCSO encourages its creation. Masterworks II will feature a new composition entitled “Bridges” from Quad-Cities resident James Romig, Associate Professor of Composition and Theory at Western Illinois University.

Romig composes music that reflects the intricate complexity of nature. He enjoys hiking and photography, and is interested in chaos theory, fractal geometry, and small-world networks. Romig stated that he is delighted to be part of the QCSO’s 100th Season. “I've enjoyed and appreciated the QCSO since my student days at the University of Iowa in the 1990s,” he said. 

Romig’s new work is entitled “Bridges” and he noted that the name has numerous meanings.  “Compositionally speaking, my new work provides multiple musical high-points that are connected by ‘bridges’ of long notes in the woodwinds and brass instruments,” he said. “The cities of Moline, Rock Island, Bettendorf, and Davenport are quite literally connected by bridges. Also, the title is a pun on the anatomy of string instruments, whose strings rest on a thin piece of resonant wood called a bridge.”

“James’ diverse interests give his music an inner logic that his listeners understand implicitly,” said Loeb. “His sense of structure is masterful. You may not see the girders, but you need them to make sure the building is sound.” 

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique”

The final piece of the evening, Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique,” comes from composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). He was the first Russian composer whose music made a lasting impression on an international level. 

His final work, Symphony No. 6 is the capstone to a career filled with both wild success and deep disappointment. “Music is indeed the most beautiful of all Heaven’s gifts to humanity wandering in the darkness,” Tchaikovsky once said. “Alone it calms, enlightens, and stills our souls. It is not the straw to which the drowning man clings; but a true friend, refuge, and comforter, for whose sake life is worth living.”

“Tchaikovsky poured his heart out in this piece,” Loeb said. “It represents the highest highs and the lowest lows. There are profound emotions in this piece that go beyond the everyday happy and sad. While Brahms and Tchaikovsky did not like each other’s music, we are sure our patrons will enjoy hearing them as part of the same program.”

Quad City Symphony Orchestra tickets are available at the QCSO box office at 327 Brady St., Davenport, IA. You can also call the QCSO at (563) 322-7276 or visit For more information on future offerings from QCSO, be sure to download the full 100th Season brochure at

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