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Written by Michael Beauchamp   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 09:16
On Friday, November 14th, Red Tail Ring will present traditional Appalachian and new Americana music at the River's Edge Gallery in Muscatine (216 W 3rd Street). The concert begins at 7:30 pm, and tickets are $25. Call 563-263-3176 or visit to purchase tickets.
Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp, of Red Tail Ring, share a raw blend of original folk music and interpretations of old ballads and dance tunes from the southeast mountains. Whether rendering a traditional tune or one of their original compositions, they infuse each song with musical imagination, haunting harmonies and instrumental artistry on fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, jawharp and plain-old foot stomping.
Since 2009, Red Tail Ring has released three albums, and traveled increasingly farther in their musical ramblings - performing throughout the Midwest, Northeast, and Southeast, as well as touring in Denmark and Germany. When they're off the road, Laurel and Michael enjoy playing for community square dances when in their hometown of Kalamazoo, MI.

Organist Brett Wolgast in Concert October 26 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Trinity Lutheran Church Music   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 12:45
The final concert celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the dedication of Trinity’s Casavant pipe organ is Reformation Sunday, October 26, at 3:00pm.

Dr. Brett Wolgast, Cantor and Organist at First Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids, and College Organist and Assistant Professor of Music at Coe College is presenting a remarkable program elaborating hymn melodies used at the time of the Protestant Reformation.  The program features compositions from different ages which compare and contrast various hymn tunes. 

The program— and series of three recitals— will draw to a close with J.S. Bach’s great Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 541.

497 years ago, on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg, setting in motion the Protestant Reformation.  Historians consider Luther's hymns, and those of his contemporaries, to have sparked the traditions congregational singing we know today.

Handcrafted by the Canadian firm of Casavant Frères, the sanctuary organ at Trinity Church was dedicated March 17, 1974.  It was the first of its kind in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois and remains a premiere instrument for the presentation of music by J.S. Bach and his contemporaries.  Trinity Church has celebrated in 2014 with previous recitals by Dr. Delbert Disselhorst, Professor Emeritus of the University of Iowa, and Dr. Karen Black, Professor of Organ at Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa.

This unique concert mixing history, instrument, and song is one not to be missed.

A reception follows the program in Trinity Church's Founder’s Hall. There is no admission charge, and the public is invited.  Trinity Lutheran Church is at 1330 13th Street, Moline, Illinois.  More information is also available at


The Giving Tree Band @the Redstone Room PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathy Anderson   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 12:43
How often do you find a band that sounds great live and on CD? The Giving Tree Band is one of those bands! These five guys live and travel together and that shines through in their live energetic shows. The energy in the room cannot be duplicated and cannot be denied. This band wins people over everywhere they play and just keeps gaining momentum. The Giving Tree Band will be performing at the Redstone Room in Davenport, IA on 11/21/14 at 8:00pm.


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The one and only Tommy Dorsey Orchestra performing in DeWitt Nov. 5 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vanessa McNeely   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 12:39
The Big Band sound of the renowned Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (TDO) will be heard in DeWitt Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the Central Performing Arts Center (CPAC) located at the high school in DeWitt, Iowa.

Recognized as one of the best all-around dance bands, the orchestra will feature Iowa native Terry Meyers for a 7:30 p.m. concert.

During the Big Band era, Tommy Dorsey was known as the “The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing.” His band could swing with the best of them, and no other group could come close when it came to playing ballads. Frank Sinatra ‘s career blossomed with the Dorsey orchestra years ago, and his vocals helped the band become more successful than ever. Sinatra admitted listening to Dorsey helped him develop his phrasing and breathing along with his musical taste and knowledge.

The music world lost Dorsey at an early age, but his musical legacy has transcended time. The TDO repertoire continues to entertain audiences of all ages throughout the world with such familiar tunes as “I’ll Never Smile Again,” “Hawaiian War Chant,” “Night Train,” “Blue Skies,” “Once in a While and “Pennies From Heaven,” to name a few.

Myers, known as one of the best reed players in the country today, was a band leader at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT Center and also led the band at Rosie O’Grady’s in downtown Orlando. Myers was one of the original members of Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band in 1990. Buddy Morrow, former leader of the TDO, says, “His versatility and expertise on the clarinet and saxophone are a treat to the ears.”

In conjunction with this concert, the CPAC will hold a live auction during intermission for a one-week stay at Grand Crowne Resort ($1,200 value) in Branson, Mo.

Advance tickets are available at DeWitt City Hall, 510 Ninth St. or online Prices are $25 for adults; $22 for 60 Plus; and $10 for students K-12.

Tickets also will be available at the door: $28 for adults; $25 for 60 Plus; and $10 for students.

Nova Singers Presents: Stories in Song PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nova Singers   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 10:08

Nova Singers, under the direction of Dr. Laura Lane, presents two performances of Stories in Song on Saturday, October 25, 7:30pm at Knox College Kresge Recital Hall in Galesburg, and on Sunday, October 26, 4:00pm at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport.

Many great choral works tell stories and this fun program explores them. Look for Eric Whitacre’s playful Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine, Dinerstein’s emotionally powerful When David Heard, a thrilling Bollywood tune, and a song from the hit movie Frozen!

Dr. Lane talks about the program: “I’m really excited because this one is unlike any program I’ve ever done!  Every song tells a story, and the variety of types of stories is fantastic: witches plotting devious mischief; a woman abandoned by her love who dies of a broken heart; a king who has just learned that his son was killed and can’t accept it; a farmer who sees the love of his life standing in a field and falls instantly in love; Leonardo da Vinci dreaming of inventing a machine that will fly him into the sky; a folk song about the coming of a storm. Plus, we have three songs from movie-musicals, including two gorgeous tunes from Frozen, and the hit song from a Bollywood film with drumming. As you can tell, almost every song is in English, so the stories will be immediately understood. This could be our most exciting program yet!”

For our Galesburg concert, students from the Williamsfield High School Choir will join Nova Singers for two selections, as well as perform a couple of their own, as part of our educational outreach program, Project Sing! For the Davenport concert, our Project Sing! guests will be students from the Rock Ridge High School Choir.

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 bringing a wide variety of choral music to its audiences, and 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 also 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.

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