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Ballet Quad Cities Announces 2012-2013 Season & Partnership With Orchestra Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCSO   
Tuesday, 24 July 2012 14:36

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rock Island, IL - Ballet Quad Cities' upcoming season will be nothing short of monumental as it celebrates the return of Domingo Rubio in his role as Dracula and enters into a partnership with another premiere performing arts organization, Orchestra Iowa based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


Ballet Quad Cities' 16th season will include live music with Orchestra Iowa for both the holiday favorite

The Nutcracker and the most beloved fairytale of all times Cinderella. To help open Iowa Orchestra's season, dancers from Ballet Quad Cities will perform during their famed season-opening Brucemorchestra! on the lawn of Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids September 9th. The professional dance company will perform to Gershwin's American Paris and Copeland's The Promise of Living. Additionally, 8 performances of two productions will be presented with Orchestra Iowa accompaniment at the Adler Theater in Davenport and the newly refurbished Paramount Theater in Cedar Rapids during the Ballet's 2012-2013 season.


Ballet Quad Cities' historic 2012-2013 season officially opens September 26 and 27 as Dracula is performed at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Moline, with renowned dancer Domingo Rubio capturing the lead role he first danced in the Quad Cities in 2008 at the Capital Theater. The original choreography and music collage is by the company's resident choreographer Deanne Carter; the ballet loosely follows the Bram Stoker's piece of litature "Dracula".


After providing professional ballet to the Quad Cities region for 16 years, the Ballet's leadership is excited and looking forward to expanding across the state of Iowa. 2012-2013 marks the beginning of an exciting cultural partnership between the Ballet and Orchestra Iowa. The two premier state arts organizations in their respective fields team up for two classic productions. In December, they present Tchaikovsky's famous The Nutcracker ballet and in April, Prokofiev's magnificent masterpiece, Cinderella. Both productions will be staged at both the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids and the Adler Theatre in Davenport. Local auditions will be held for community cast dancer for the productions in both cities.



Annual subscription renewals for the 2012-2013 season may be made by calling the Ballet Quad Cities office at (309) 786-3779.

Become a Charter Member of Partners in Performance

Ballet Quad Cities is partnering with Orchestra Iowa! This is your invitation to be part of history. Please consider a financial contribution to help us make the magic happen.


For the very first time, Ballet Quad Cities will be presenting live music for our outstanding productions of The Nutcracker and Cinderella! Both of these time-honored performances will be held at the Adler Theater. Please mark your calendars because you don't want to miss either memorable performance.

  • The Nutcracker will be performed with 89 minutes of live music on December 8th and 9th, 2012
  • Cinderella will be performed with 64 minutes of live music on April 20th and 21st, 2013

You can become a Charter Member of the Partners in Performance by pledging a minimum of $100 by August 27, 2012.  Please consider giving at one of the following levels:

  • $100 will sponsor 10 minutes of live music
  • $250 will sponsor 25 minutes of live music
  • $500 will sponsor 50 minutes of live music
  • $640 will sponsor 64 minutes of live music
  • $890 will sponsor 89 minutes of live music

Of course, we will gratefully accept donations at ANY level. All Charter Members of Partners in Performance will be recognized in the annual Ballet Quad Cities program and on a banner to be hung at all performances of The Nutcracker and Cinderella.


Want to help us make history? Your gift of $100 or more will help underwrite the $30,000 cost associated with bringing Orchestra Iowa to Ballet Quad Cities. In return, we'll send you two tickets to the performance of your choice (The Nutcracker or Cinderella) and recognize your generous contribution in print.


We hope that you are as thrilled as we are to be a part of this extraordinary time in Ballet Quad Cities' history!


Tax deductible contributions may be sent to:

Ballet Quad Cities

613 17th Street

Rock Island, IL 61201


Questions?  Call (309) 786-3779 or e-mail Diane at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Putnam goes dark for The Dark Knight Rises! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jenna Smith   
Friday, 20 July 2012 13:53

Come see The Dark Knight Rises where it’s meant to be seen on the BIGGEST and only Giant Screen Theater in the Quad Cities!

The Dark Knight Rises Marathon:

Purchase tickets to The Dark Knight marathon for only $25! See Batman Begins and The Dark Knight tonight - July 19, then choose a time at your convenience to see The Dark Knight Rises!*

*Tickets to the July 20 midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises are sold out.


Dwyer and Michael's 2 Dorks radio program is offering a special gift for listeners that tune in to 97x.

Tweet @PutnamMuseum #PutnamGoesDark to win prizes!

Weekend Showtimes:

Friday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m., 1:20 p.m., 4:40 p.m., & 8:00 p.m.

Location: The Putnam Museum and National Geographic Giant Screen Theater


St. Mark Summer Concert Series PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ellen Bowlin   
Sunday, 15 July 2012 11:39

SUNDAY, JULY 22:  3:00pm  Kirstyin Synnestvedt presents an organ recital followed by a hat show and singing at the piano.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 26:  3:00pm  Lisa Crews plays the flute with Ellen Bowlin on the organ and piano.

The recitals are free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served following each recital.

Cadillac of Rock & Roll - Coupe DeVille headlines this year's Teen Battle of the Bands PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Hart   
Friday, 13 July 2012 12:12

Event Date:  July 14, 2012


Experience the excitement of local teen musicians live on stage as they perform for the top spot on Saturday, July 14, at the Eastern Avenue Branch Library (6000 Eastern Avenue).  The battle is headlined by the legendary, “Cadillac of Rock & Roll” Coupe DeVille at 11:00 a.m., followed by the battle at 1:00 p.m.

Get your picture taken between 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. with the library’s large 25’ Libby balloon (paid for by a grant provided by the RDA), and then see the picture on the library’s and Libby’s Facebook pages!  Have fun with games and activities while enjoying some food, sold by the Hy-Vee Grill from 11-2!

Libby the Library Dog might be around for some pictures as well.  Don’t miss out on this rockin’ good time at your Davenport Public Library!

For more information, call 563.326.7832.

River Roots Live Adds Headliner Tonic to Lineup, Replaces Los Lobos PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jason Gilliland   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 14:11

(Quad Cities) - River Roots Live organizers have added 90’s rockers Tonic to the headlining lineup for Saturday, August 18. Tonic will be replacing Los Lobos in the Saturday lineup due to an announcement from Los Lobos that they are now unable to play the date due to personal reasons.

With six top 10 singles, over 4 million records sold, Grammy nominations, and the #1 most-played rock song of 1998, Tonic is a musical powerhouse. Tonic merged the raw honesty of rock to unabashed melody…and ushered rock n roll into the new millennium. Tonic is still touring and releasing albums more than a decade after initially hitting the radio charts. Many bands would be content with that sort of history. Not Tonic. The band is back in the studio after a two-year break, working on a follow up to their last album, Grammy-nominated Head On Straight.

Emerson Hart founded Tonic with guitarist Jeff Russo – a childhood friend – adding bassist Dan Lavery shortly after inception. After storming the charts with debut album Lemon Parade and its monster hit “If You Could Only See,” the band released two additional studio albums (Sugar and Head On Straight) as well as a live EP, Live & Enhanced. They’ve been featured on a number of soundtracks, including the lead single from “American Pie” (“You Wanted More”). This summer the band will release a Greatest Hits CD/DVD package. Tonic’s other radio hits include Open up Your Eyes, Casual Affair, You Wanted More, Knock Down Walls, and more.

River Roots Live is the Quad-Cities’ premiere music festival featuring top national bands and barbeque and it returns for its eighth year in downtown Davenport’s LeClaire Park August 17 & 18! Admission to the park each day is only $5 after 5 p.m. and FREE from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Better Than Ezra, Tonic, and Keller Williams with the Travelin’ McCourys will headline River Roots Live’s 17 bands with support from a strong lineup of outstanding national artists including Julia Nunes, The Nighthawks, Eric Sardinas, Joe Robinson, The Steepwater Band, The Congress, Maps & Atlases, Quiet Corral, and Family Groove Company. The Quad Cities’ own talent will also be on display when American Dust, Jason Carl & The Whole Damn Band, The Low Down, Oranagadang, and the Jordan Danielsen & The Great Space Coasters take the stage.

With an estimated 30,000 attendees in 2012, River Roots Live has continued to grow every year since its inception in 2005. With that in mind, additional vendors and beverage tents will be added to the fest this year. For complete details regarding band bios and festival activities, please visit

Produced by the Downtown Davenport Partnership, a division of Quad Cities Chamber, River Roots Live is supported by partners Living Lands & Waters and the River Music Experience – all nonprofit organizations. River Roots Live is proud to help promote music education programs at the River Music Experience, environmental clean-up efforts on the Mississippi River by Living Lands & Waters, and the growth of historic downtown Davenport.

River Roots Live is presented by Rhythm City Casino and Riverboat Development Authority. Major Sponsors include U.S. Cellular, Nerdwerx, Mediacom, 97X, Budweiser, The Quad-City Times, WQAD Channel 8, and West Music. Please visit to see the complete list of our generous community sponsors!

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