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Teens Taking Over ‘The Voice’ & ‘X-Factor’ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 15 October 2012 15:03
20-year-old Top 40s Singer Offers Tips for Kids
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If Sydney Rose, 20, could talk to the young contestants wowing audiences on “The Voice” and “The X-Factor,” she’d tell them: Even if you don’t make it to the end, if you have a vision and a talent, don’t ignore it.

The singer/songwriter whose debut pop single, “Breaking Rules,” hit No. 21 on the national radio Top 40 chart in October, says she tried to put her dream on hold – and couldn’t.

“I’ve been in love with music all my life,” says Rose ( “I’ve learned it’s an important part of who I am and you can’t ignore that, no matter what your age.”

Rose grew up honing her singing skills, then learning guitar (“My first chord was D”) and dancing. She overcame any lingering shyness about performing before audiences by joining two other girls in a pop/dance group called Rosemadayne.

But when it came time to attend college, she decided it was best to put her dream on a back burner.

“I was afraid,” she says. “I wanted to experience college without the pressure of a music career, but I actually felt more pressure without my dream and I knew I had to nurture that passion that is so a part of me.”

That’s when she wrote her newest album, “Rise,” an up-tempo celebration of life. It’s getting airplay on radio stations across the country, a development that never ceases to amaze and delight the rising star.

“Listening to myself on the planet 96.7 right at this moment!!!” she posted recently on Twitter (@itssydneyrose). “This is surreal!!!! #bestdayeverever.”

Rose offers tips for other young people who are determined to follow their dreams:

• Get your support team together: Whether it’s parents, other family members, friends or teachers, you’ll need people who encourage and help guide you. Coaches, mentors or instructors can help you improve – because no matter what your talent and how much of it you’ve got, you can always expand your abilities with help. Depending on your age, that may require financial and transportation support. “I started voice lessons when I was a tween, and to this day I get intensive voice training,” Rose says. “But the more skills you have, the better, so I also started working on dance when I was 13 years old. No matter what type of creative talent you have – singing, acting, writing or painting – if you want to become a professional, you need training.” Anyone who is supportive in your life, including friends, other family members and teachers, are reminders of why dreams matter to you.

• Set realistic goals: You may dream of being in the movies or on TV, but don’t expect to start there! “I happily performed at bar and bat mitzvahs (bonus! – I met my manager through those), book stores, Best Buy stores, and at my vocal school,” Sydney says. “These were great opportunities to get used to being in front of live audiences and learning how to interact with the audience.” The smaller goals are there for you to reach the bigger ones – Rome was not built overnight, she says. Those who are supportive will remind you of the big picture.

• Remember, it’s OK to be scared: Doing something for the first time can be really scary, and it’s perfectly normal to be nervous. But don’t let that stop you from getting out there and trying! “From experience, I know that almost anything that seems scary the first time gets much easier, and less scary, every time you do it,” Sydney says. “Don’t let fear keep you from ever taking the next step.”

• Have fun! “With ‘Rise,’ I wrote songs that are fun and upbeat. I thought, ‘If I’m going to do this for the rest of my life, I have to have an amazing time. Right?’ she says. Part of what has helped the album’s success is that she was genuinely happy and having a good time when she recorded it. No matter what you’re doing, your true emotions tend to color your work – they’re hard to hide, so work with them.

About Sydney Rose

Sydney Rose is a 20-year-old recording artist who has worked toward her success the old-fashioned way – through training, practice and dedication. She credits great coaches for helping her develop her talent for singing, dancing and songwriting, and she has become a rising star on the pop music circuit. Her new album, “Rise,” is now available on iTunes.

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Written by Lora Adams   
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:23

Moline, Illinois  -  WQPT, Quad Cities PBS is happy to include another series to our lineup – “William and Mary,” Sundays at 9:00 pm beginning October 21st.

Starring Martin Clunes (Doc Martin, Men Behaving Badly) and Julie Graham (Dirty Tricks, Butterfly Collectors) as William Shawcross and Mary Gilcrest.  The series follows two single parents looking for love through dating services- and perhaps they have found it. The only glitch – she’s a midwife - bringing new people into the world and he’s an undertaker, who is seeing them out.

About WQPT

On-air, online and in the community, WQPT plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of residents throughout eastern Iowa and western Illinois. WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University and is located in Moline, Illinois. Throughout its nearly 30-year history, WQPT has been known for its local productions, public affairs programming, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, WQPT is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about WQPT productions, programming schedules for both WQPT and our second channel, MHz Worldview, and community events, please visit

Nova Singers Opens 27th Season with Brahms Requiem PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 08 October 2012 14:46

Nova Singers, under the direction of Dr. Laura Lane, presents two performances of Johannes Brahms' Requiem, Saturday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Central Congregational Church, Galesburg, and on Sunday, October 21, at 4:00 p.m. at First Congregational Church, Moline.

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Nova Singers open their 27th season with two performances of Johannes Brahms' "A German Requiem." Joining Nova Singers for these concerts are guest pianist Ashlee Mack and Megan Clewell, and vocalists Sarah Moran, soprano, and Gregory Lewis, baritone.


"Brahms named his first great work 'A German Requiem' because he wanted this to be very different from the traditional requiem masses of the Catholic Church,” explained Lane, professor of music and director of choral activities at Knox College in Galesburg. " Brahms chose the words himself, from various sources. His choices show us Brahms believed that a requiem encourages us to accept the reality of the transience of life, offers consolation and comfort, and gives us hope for a life after death….I have conducted the Brahms Requiem twice before, with a large chorus and full orchestra. But this will be the first time I’ve ever done it with a small choir like Nova Singers and piano. I could not have imagined how beautiful the music is when sung by this 30-voice version of Nova Singers---it’s so clear and clean, and I can understand every word. Also, the piano accompaniment is incredibly exciting. Ashlee and Megan have become an orchestra at the keyboard!"

About the guest artists:


Pianist Megan Clewell is an instructor of piano and staff accompanist at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. An active chamber musician and vocal coach, Clewell most recently served as coach/rehearsal pianist at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Previously, she was involved with the Arizona State University Lyric Opera Theatre and the ASU Wind Ensemble.

Pianist Ashlee Mack has performed solo and chamber music with new-music organizations and has given recitals across the United States, and in Germany and Italy, including in 2011 with the Nova Singers. Mack is the coordinator of Piano Instruction at Knox College.

Soprano Sarah Moran has performed with the Galesburg Community Chorus, Elgin Choral Union, Carl Sandburg College Choir, Knox-Galesburg Symphony, Nova Singers, and University of Washington Symphony Orchestra. She is lecturer of voice, opera workshop, and vocal pedagogy at Knox College.

Baritone Gregory GD Lewis has performed  in oratorio and opera in regional houses across the U.S. He will be featured as baritone soloist with the Galesburg Community Chorus in November and the Elgin Choral Union in April and May of 2013. Lewis teaches voice at Knox College and conduct’s the Knox College Women’s Chorale and the Knox College Men’s Ensemble.

Nova Singers, a professional vocal ensemble under the direction of Dr. Laura Lane, is renowned for bringing a wide variety of choral music to its audiences, and for the spirit and charm the singers impart to their music. Dr. Lane has been serving the greater Galesburg and Quad-Cities communities for over twenty-five years, bringing her passion for music and expressive singing to audiences and singers alike.


Tickets for this concert are available through Nova’s office and at the door.  Admission is $18 for adults and $15 for seniors.  Students are admitted free of charge.  Brahms Requiem is sponsored by OSF St. Mary Medical Center and OSF Galesburg Clinic. Nova Singers’ 2012-2013 season is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. For information about tickets, recordings, or other Nova Singers performances, please call Nova Singers at 309-341-7038 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Information is also available at

Don't miss movies on the Putnam's GIANT Screen! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jenna Smith   
Friday, 05 October 2012 09:21

Don’t miss out on our current and upcoming movies on the Putnam’s Giant Screen!

Finding Nemo 3D – opening Friday, October 5

Meerkats 3D – opening Friday, October 19

Theater Throwback – half way through the series, don’t miss out!

Classic Film Series – only three left!

World Adventure Series –Showing Tuesday, November 6: Prague to Paris & a Cruise Too

Genesis Doctors In Recital Will Benefit Music Therapy Program For Hospice Patients PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Craig Cooper   
Thursday, 04 October 2012 14:46

DAVENPORT, Iowa --Oct. 4, 2012 -- The musical talents of Quad Cities physicians and families will be featured on Oct. 16 in a recital to benefit music therapy programs for Genesis Health System hospice patients.

The doctors and their families will be performing a wide variety of music, from classical to contemporary. Hard-shoe hornpipe dance and classical dance of India will be featured for the first time. This is the third annual Genesis Doctors in Recital.

Kimberly BMW of Davenport is the presenting sponsor of the event. Others sponsoring the Recital are West Music Quad Cities and Steinway & Sons, Augustana College and the Genesis Health Services Foundation.

Genesis Doctors In Recital will be feature a special performance by Naha Greenholtz, new concertmaster of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.

Music therapy programs are available to Genesis hospice patients in their homes, Genesis hospitals, nursing homes and at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House. Music therapy has been shown to bring quality to life, diminish pain and promote relaxation during end-of-life care.

Genesis Doctors in Recital will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 16 in Centennial Hall of Augustana College, Rock Island. Tickets are on sale to the public for $25 and $20 for seniors. Children under 12 are free.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, call the Genesis Health Services Foundation at (563) 421-6861, West Music Quad Cities at (309) 764-9300, the Augustana College box office at (309) 794-7306 or go to


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