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“A Star Returns” to Open QC Symphony’s Signature Series PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCSO   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 10:06

IA/IL QUAD-CITIES – The Signature Series of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) presents small ensembles composed of visiting artists and select orchestra members. The first Signature Series performance in the QCSO’s 100th Season will be “A Star Returns,” featuring violinist David Bowlin, a native of the Quad-Cities whose performances have received rave reviews nationwide. He will share the stage with Benjamin Loeb, who, in addition to being QCSO Executive Director, is also a highly accomplished concert pianist. 

“A Star Returns” will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, October 19, at Augustana College’s Wallenberg Hall, 3520 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL. These performances are rebroadcast on WVIK, 90.3 FM, on the following Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. The Signature Series is a collaboration between the QCSO, WVIK, and Augustana College. 

Under the artistic direction of Concertmaster Naha Greenholtz, “A Star Returns” will showcase the music of composers Edvard Grieg, Jan Ladislav Dussek, and Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as a world premiere composition, “Five Pieces for Violin and Piano,” by Quad-Cities composer Jacob Bancks. 

“With Masterworks I, you saw the Quad City Symphony Orchestra at its biggest and most spectacular,” said Mark Russell Smith, Music Director and Conductor for the QCSO. “With the Signature Series, you can now experience it in an up-close and personal way. Chamber music is an equally enriching and enjoyable cultural experience that is part of our diverse array of offerings.”

“Ben Loeb is not only our Executive Director, but also a world-class pianist who has collaborated with some of the most respected chamber musicians in America,” said Greenholtz. “David Bowlin, who was a star grad student when I was just a freshman at Juilliard, is one of the finest violinists and teachers of our generation. Plus, he grew up in the Quad-Cities so he is very much a part of our musical family here in town. It will be a real treat for our patrons to hear these two wonderful artists.”

About Bowlin and Loeb

A native of the Quad-Cities, violinist David Bowlin has performed recitals and concertos across the United States. “David Bowlin is originally from Moline,” Loeb said. “He started his musical career in our area and has gone on to national prominence. He is our star who has returned.”

At age 36, Bowlin has already been a professional violinist for 18 years – half of his life. He first heard violin music in church at age 4, and started lessons at age 6. In high school, he was a member of the Quad Cities Youth Symphony from his sophomore through senior years, and also a member of the QCSO in his junior and senior years. In college, he studied with famed violin and viola instructors Roland and Almita Vamos. His performances have received critical acclaim from the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and many more. 

In 2007, Bowlin joined the violin faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, having previously taught at the Juilliard School. He is a founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), which tours in the United States and abroad. He has extensive recording credits with the Bridge, Naxos, New Focus, Arsis, and Mode labels. He is also the artistic director of Chamber Music Quad-Cities, an organization that brings chamber music performances to eastern Iowa and western Illinois.

“A big part of what I do is chamber music, and in that role, I am so honored to be a part of the 100th Season of the QCSO,” Bowlin said. “It is such a remarkable group of exceptional quality. They have always been welcoming and supportive.”

Benjamin Loeb, a native Texan, is an accomplished conductor, accompanist, soloist, arranger, educator, and administrator. He grew up in Dallas, Texas, and started playing piano when he was 18 months old. Formal lessons began at age five. Over the years, his concerts have taken him around to world to major venues and on radio and TV in New York City, San Francisco, Dallas, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Berlin, Seoul, Shanghai, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Panama City, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and tours across America.  

Loeb has served as both the Executive Director of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony and the Music Director of the 2011 New Hampshire Music Festival. He has also served as Director of Orchestras at the Music Institute of Chicago. He has done many recordings with the Naxos label, including collaborations with violinists and a solo recording of works by Scott Joplin. His next recording will be a volume of opera fantasies and transcriptions.

“My top priority is the ongoing success of the QCSO,” Loeb said. “It is my goal to use my skills as a pianist and longtime member of the national music community to meet the needs of the Symphony and Quad-Cities community whenever possible.”

Five Pieces for Violin and Piano

Originally from Fairmont, Minnesota, composer Jacob Bancks moved to the Quad-Cities three years ago and teaches Music Theory and Music Composition at Augustana College. “I love working with the composer who live in our area,” Loeb said. “Jacob Bancks is committed to expanding the arts in our community. Previously, he composed ‘Rock Island Line’ for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and that work has really taken off.”

Bancks wrote his first song at age five and his first professional commission while still in high school. His Signature Series premiere composition, “Five Pieces for Violin and Piano,” is about 22 minutes long and is divided into five segments.

“The first segment, ‘Tourist Trap,’ has a flashy opening and invites people in,” Bancks said. “‘October’ is a meditative, jazz-inspired piece. ‘Skara, Skara Havre’ is part of a Swedish saying which means, ‘Cut, cut the oats, but who will come behind to bind them?’ It was inspired by a tapestry in my wife’s grandparent’s home. ‘Taxi Dancer’ is a slow, moody piece, inspired by the concept of a taxi dancer. ‘Here to Stay’ is the big finale, inspired by George Gershwin.” 

“It’s wonderful that the QCSO, now in its 100th Season, has devoted so much time and resources to working with composers,” Bancks said. “Any organization that hopes to be around for another hundred years should be as dedicated to the future as it is to the past.” 

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

Illinois National Guard Soldier, pianist to perform for military servicemembers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Illinois National Guard PAO   
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 15:13

SPRINGFIELD, IL (10/06/2014)(readMedia)-- • Illinois Army National Guard Capt. Ian Gindes of Urbana, Illinois, with Headquarters and Headquarters Company 33rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, concert pianist


Illinois National Guard

• Illinois Army National Guard Capt. Ian Gindes of Urbana, Illinois, with Headquarters and Headquarters Company 33rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, concert pianist


• Concert performance to salute veterans.

WHEN: Sunday November 02, 2014 at 03:00PM Central Time (US & Canada)

WHERE:Krannert Center
500 S Goodwin Ave
Urbana, Illinois 61801


• The performance is free, no tickets required. Visit or call (217) 333-6280 or 800.KCPATIX (527-2849). Patrons who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or speech-impaired may also contact Krannert Center via TTY at (217) 333-9714.

• Gindes has actively used his talent to raise money for military families and victims of terrorism

A Matter of Faith opens at the Rave 53 Cinemas PDF Print E-mail
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Written by New Anthem   
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 09:15

The movie, A Matter of Faith opens at the Rave 53 Cinema in Davenport on Friday, October 17th. A limited number of tickets are available through the Quad Cities Creation Science Association.

The movie centers on a common problem in our culture where many youth from churches experience a challenge to their faith by professors at colleges that teach evolution as fact.

A Matter of Faith is about a Christian girl, Rachel Whitaker (Jordan Trovillion) who goes off to college for her freshman year. She begins to be influenced by her popular Biology professor (Harry Anderson, star of Classic TV’s Night Court) who teaches that evolution is the answer to the origins of life. When Rachel’s father, Stephen Whitaker (Jay Pickett) senses something changing with his daughter, he begins to examine the situation and what he discovers catches him completely off guard.

There will be five show times each day (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; Oct 17-19):

  • 12:15 PM – Purchase tickets at the theater: $5.50 each.
  • 2:45 PM – Purchase tickets at the theater: $7.50 each.
  • 5:15 PM – Purchase tickets at the theater: $7.50 each.
  • 7:45 PM – Purchase discounted tickets from the QCCSA: $8.00 each.

Or, purchase tickets at the theater: $9.50 each.

  • 10:15 PM – Purchase discounted tickets from the QCCSA: two for $10.00.

Or, purchase tickets at the theater: $9.50 each.

Please contact the Quad City Creation Science Association for discounted tickets while supplies last:

·         Website:

Bruce Katz Tour Stops in Bettendorf, Iowa Monday October 27 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by M V B S   
Monday, 06 October 2014 10:19
The Mississippi Valley Blues Society presents keyboardist Bruce Katz and the Bruce Katz Band at The Muddy Waters, 1708 State Street, Bettendorf, IA on Monday, October 27 starting at 7:00 p.m. Admission to see this brilliant performance is $5 for Mississippi Valley Blues Society members, or $8 for non-members (applications will be available at The Muddy Waters door).

Bruce Katz is a three-time Blues Music Award nominee for "Piano Player of the Year," and a member of the New York State Blues Hall Of Fame, among numerous other awards.  He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and from 1996 until 2010 he was on the faculty at the Berklee College of Music in Boston as an associate professor. Playing music, both blues and jazz, has been his thing for many years, and it shows in each of his performances.

In the early '80s Bruce’s first major supporting gig was with Big Mama Thornton; he then worked and toured with Barrence Whitfield & the SavagesBo DiddleyChuck BerryJimmy WitherspoonJohnny Adams, and Tiger Okoshi. Burned out from life on the road, he enrolled at the New England Conservatory, earning a master's degree in Jazz. Five months after graduation, Bruce met Ronnie Earl, who hired him as one of the Broadcasters. Bruce is also known as the dexterous pianist for the Gregg Allman Band.

Bruce has released 6 CDs with a seventh, Homecoming, due for release just after his stop in Bettendorf. He has also appeared on nearly 70 other CDs with the likes of Ronnie Earl, Delbert McClinton, John Hammond, Duke Robillard, Little Milton, Jimmy Witherspoon and many, many others.   Although Homecoming will not be available to the general public, the CD will be offered to those attending the show on October 27.

This event is being presented by The Mississippi Valley Blues Society. The objective of the Society is to educate the general public about the native art form of blues-related music through performance, interpretation and preservation, thus enhancing appreciation and understanding.

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Written by Stephani Nagle   
Monday, 06 October 2014 10:14

Includes a rescheduled January 19, 2015 iWireless Center Show

October 3, 2014... For immediate release. New York City.     The one and only Cher, whose phenomenally successful 'Dressed to Kill' Tour was postponed for several weeks due to the star's recent illness, has now confirmed the newly rescheduled dates which are as follows:

MARKET                         VENUE                          DATE

Richmond, VA                   Richmond Coliseum                         November 21, 2014

Albany, NY                       Times Union Center                        December 4, 2014

Hartford, CT                       XL Center                         December 13, 2014

Manchester, NH                 Verizon Wireless Arena                   January 5, 2015

Boston, MA                        TD Garden                         January 7, 2015

State College, PA               Bryce Jordan Center                        January 9, 2015

Grand Rapids, MI              Van Andel Arena                          January 11, 2015

Toronto, ON                       Air Canada Centre                         January 13, 2015

Ft Wayne, IN                      War Memorial Coliseum                  January 15, 2015

Green Bay, WI                   Resch Center                         January 17, 2015

Moline, IL                            iWireless Center                         January 19, 2015

Chicago, IL                         United Center                         January 21, 2015

Cincinnati, OH                    US Bank Arena                          January 23, 2015

Sioux Falls, SD                    Denny Sanford Center                     January 25, 2015

Omaha, NE                          CenturyLink Center                          January 27, 2015

Wichita, KS                          INTRUST Bank Arena                    January 29, 2015

Fargo, ND                            Fargodome                      February 4, 2015

Tickets purchased for original or rescheduled dates will be honored for these latest newly rescheduled dates. Fans that are unable to attend the new date can obtain a refund at point of purchase.

The Grammy, Oscar and Emmy winning star  is on the mend and already in  rehearsals  to continue her stunning extravaganza which began last March in Phoenix and played for 49 shows across the US.  The D2K Tour has received some of the greatest reviews of the legendary star's career.

This second leg will include a totally new wardrobe which was created in collaboration with long time designer Bob Mackie and according to Cher is "more incredible than ever".  Cher's current CD "Dressed to Kill debuted at No. 3 on Billboard's Pop Charts and includes the No. 1 dance hit "Woman's World".

The complete Cher Dressed To Kill Tour dates follow this release.. For further information, check in with CHER.COM.

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