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Barbershop Quartet to Deliver Singing Valentines PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amos Glanz   
Monday, 23 January 2012 16:19
A barbershop quartet will deliver a Singing Valentine to your sweetheart on Valentine's Day.  Four singers dressed in tuxedos will serenade her or him, then present a single red rose and a photograph of this special Valentine.  It's truly a unique way to say, "I  love you" on Valentine's Day.

For more information and order form, call Valentine Central  563-340-8743, or visit and select "Order a Valentine".

Private Drum Lessons PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Josh Duffee   
Monday, 23 January 2012 08:48

I currently have openings in my private drum studio here in Davenport.  Both my wife (Crystal) and I teach out of our home privately during the week, and we're located behind Gilda's Club in Davenport off of River Drive.

I haven't sent an e-mail out like this in over two years because my schedule has been full, but now I have a few spots open for students looking for a private drum instructor.  Here's what I offer in my studio:

*Snare Drum Technique / Rudiments / Studies / Solos
*Mallet Technique / Scales / Studies / Solos
*Timpani Technique and Studies / Solos
*Auxillary Percussion Techniques
*Drumset Studies and Styles (Rock, Latin, Jazz, Brush Technique)
*Drumset Solos and Proper Techniques
*Play-a-long with music students bring to lessons or I have in my library
*All the above will involve reading, playing and writing actual music
*Basic knowledge of Music Theory

My rate is one of the best rates in the Quad Cities for private lessons.  Most monthly half-hour lessons go for $80 a month, but here is what I charge for a month:

(4) One-hour private lessons = $110 per month flat fee

The normal rate for hour lessons is $160 per month, so my rate is considerably less than the normal rate.  I can teach one or all of the above items during the lesson.  This will give the parents, students and teacher something to choose from for lesson options.  I'm able to meet with the student for a total of 4 hours a month, compared to 2 hours with 30 minute lessons a month.  The hour lessons have shown quicker development in the overall skills with each of my students.

Teaching and performing music is a passion of mine, and this shows through my students too with high ratings during solo contests, plus district and state honors for my students too.  The students pick up on my drive to perform and teach, and this motivates them to exceed any goal they have set for themselves musically. 

If you know any student or parent interested in starting percussion or drum lessons, please forward my information on to them.  I can be contacted through e-mail ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or phone ((563) 823-0174) the best.  The spots normally fill up fast when I send these e-mails out, so please inform whomever is interested to act quickly because spots are first-come first-serve.  If there are any questions, please call me so we can discuss them and get them answered right away.

Most Sincerely Yours,

Josh Duffee

EMMA’S REVOLUTION ~ CD RELEASE CONCERT in Cedar Rapids, IA on 2/12/12 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sue Pate   
Thursday, 19 January 2012 08:32
emma’s revolution will be performing a CD release concert on Sunday February 12, 2012 at 7pm at the Legion Arts, 1103 Third Street SECedar Rapids, IA 52401.Tickets are $12 in advance and $16 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Legion Arts or (319) 364-1580. For more information, email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The concert is suitable for all ages.

CD release concert for emma's revolution's latest recording, "Revolutions Per Minute". With RPMemma's revolution creates an electrifying soundscape 
of their characteristically "rousing and soulful" songs of social conscience, in settings from intimate acoustic to full-on funk.


emma’s revolution contact: Sue Pate, (207)



Smart, funny, informative -- like Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart with guitars. emma’s revolution is the, award-winning, activist musicians Pat Humphries & Sandy O. With hauntingly beautiful harmonies and powerful acoustic instrumentals that deliver the energy and strength of their convictions, emma's revolution creates new standards in the art and culture of social justice.

DOANE PERRY (drummer for Jethro Tull and
emma's revolution cdsroots, rock & revolution” & “RPM”): "I consider myself very fortunate to have had the great pleasure and 
honor of working with Pat and Sandy over the last few years. Their music is natural 
and organic and their innate artistic sensibility has the power to communicate 
with intelligence, wit, grace, subtlety and humor."

Their songs have been sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger and recorded by Holly Near. “Peace, Salaam, Shalom” is sung around the world and has been called the anthem of the anti-war movement. “If I Give Your Name” won Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the band's music has been featured on NPR's “All Things Considered” and Pacifica's “Democracy Now!”

RICH WARREN, Folk DJ (Midnight Special and Folk Stage): “…dynamic performance with a social conscience, they continue proving that great topical and protest music is very much alive.”

In the spirit of Emma Goldman's famous attribution, “If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution,” emma's revolution brings their uprising of truth, hope, groove and humor to concert halls and peace & justice events environmental, labor, human rights, LGBT and women's rights events. Touring over 200 days a year, emma’s revolution has performed at thousands of events throughout the US and abroad in Chile, Korea, Scotland, England, Israel/Palestine, Nicaragua and Cuba. emma’s revolution consistently delivers performances that are an uprising of hope and harmony so powerful audiences leap to their feet.

JOETTA, FAN: “Y’all put the 'move' in movement."

emma’s revolution has performed by invitation at the First Inaugural Peace Ball, World Culture Open in Seoul Korea, the Scottish Parliament's Festival of Politics, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, School of America's Watch Annual Vigils, Camp for Climate Action in Leeds England, UN World Environment Day, Rallies in Madison WI, Occupy DC as well as conferences, festivals, coffeehouses, schools/universities, churches, benefits and rallies around the world.

JACOB DEAN, ASSOC. PRODUCER, THE THOM HARTMANN SHOW: "I love the grass roots, organic message that emma's revolution delivers with each new album. It's truly a must listen for any activist today! You'll become an instant fan just like I did."

Listen to full song tracks at and see more performance highlights, quotes, and press at

Official Website:




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Valentine’s Day Gala Presents an Evening of Romantic Elegance PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark McLaughlin   
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 15:29
IA/IL QUAD-CITIES – In honor of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s Día del Amor/Valentine’s Day concert, a Valentine’s Day Gala will be held in the Hotel Blackhawk in downtown Davenport. According to Jared Johnson, Marketing Director for the Symphony, the event will provide a full slate of romantic entertainment for Quad-Citians looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day in style.
The Valentine’s Day Gala will be held 5 p.m., Saturday, February 11, at the Hotel Blackhawk, 200 E. 3rd St., Davenport, Iowa. Black tie is optional.
“The evening will begin at 5 p.m. in the hotel’s Gold Room,” Johnson said. “Guests can enjoy hosted beer and wine, delicious appetizers, and the opening of the silent auction.” Silent auction items will include an all-expense-paid Mexican vacation, an authentic Italian dinner for 10 prepared by Quad City Symphony Orchestra Music Director Mark Russell Smith, and a $5,000 diamond pendant, courtesy of Holland Jewelers.
At 6 p.m., Johnson noted, guests will enjoy a Latin-infused gourmet dinner, accompanied by live music. “At 7:30 p.m., the festivities move to the nearby Adler Theatre for the Valentine’s Day Concert,” he said. “The Quad City Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor Alondra de la Parra will perform romantic favorites, including Scheherezade, Boléro, and the Concierto de Aranjuez with renowned guitarist Robert Belinic.”
After the concert, guests can return to the Hotel Blackhawk to continue the celebration, Johnson added. “The Candymakers will be on hand with their lively dance music,” he said, “and guests can partake of delectable desserts as the silent auction continues.”
Johnson also noted that the evening will feature an elegant, icy tequila luge to delight partygoers. “The tequila luge will be just one of many surprises that the night will hold,” Johnson said. “The gala, in conjunction with the concert, is sure to be the definitive Valentine’s Day event of the year for the Quad-Cities.”

To take part in this elegant evening of music and romance, call the Quad City Symphony Orchestra Box Office at (563) 322-QCSO (7276) or visit

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Love Hits a High Note for Quad City Symphony Orchestra Members PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark McLaughlin   
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 15:26

 IA/IL QUAD-CITIES – The Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) will perform a special Valentine’s Day concert on February 11 and 12 – but for several couples who are members of the QCSO, love is an everyday duet.

Ron Morton, tuba player, and his wife Denise, oboe player, enjoy making beautiful music both at home and in the orchestral ranks of the QCSO. Ron is in his 31st season with the QCSO, while Denise is in her 17th season.
David Greenhoe, principal trumpeter with the Symphony since 1979, and Marie Lindmark, a violinist and singer who recently served as President of Volunteers for Symphony, also enjoy a musical relationship, which has grown even stronger as they’ve entered their 60s.
The Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s Día del Amor/Valentine’s Day concert will be held at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 11, at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, Iowa, and again at 2 p.m., Sunday, February 12, at Centennial Hall, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, Illinois.
It’s a Family Affair

Ron Morton has a Music Ed degree and Masters in tuba performance from the University of Iowa. He is also a music teacher with the Moline School District No. 40. Denise holds a Bachelors degree in piano performance from the University of Iowa and plays in a woodwind quintet, doing school outreach tours for the QCSO.
“We met in the Hawkeye Marching Band while in college,” Ron said. “Denise played tenor sax in the marching band. We've been married 31 years this July. We have many shared memories of amazing performances and rehearsal gaffes which make our shared love of music more rewarding.”
“Our oldest son, Zack, on occasion is asked to sub with the Symphony. He plays bass trombone, so he sits right next to Ron in the orchestra,” Denise said. “They haven't gotten in trouble yet! It's very gratifying to be able to share such rewarding experiences with our son. All of our four children have taken part in the Holiday Children's Pops chorus. One year, three of them sang, so nearly the whole family was on stage together.”
It Just Keeps Getting Better

David Greenhoe and Marie Lindmark agree: Being in love in the 60-something age range is unbelievably romantic. “Music fills our lives, both figuratively and literally,” David said.
They first met in April 2003, on the Adler Theatre stage, during a dress rehearsal break of the oratorio, Belshazzar's Feast. According to David, he was seated in the orchestra and Marie was singing. Marie said to David, "It’s amazing standing behind you, listening to you play!" He replied, "Well, it's amazing sitting in front of you, listening to you sing!"
David noted, “Former Symphony Music Director Don Schleicher takes full responsibility for our blossoming relationship, since he had programmed Belshazzar's Feast.”
Their relationship grew as they met and talked during the 2003 Riverfront Pops Concert and Masterworks performance. Their first date took place in October 2003 at Jumer’s Castle Lodge. They enjoyed beef stroganoff and wine, and later, their first kiss. “She told me she would love me for the rest of our lives,” David said.
They now celebrate their anniversary every month, so that the numbers will catch up with the anniversary numbers of their friends. “On Valentines Day, we will celebrate 44-1/2 months of marriage,” Marie said.
“The music continues to swell!” David said.
A Romantic Repertoire

The Día del Amor/Valentine’s Day concert will feature Guest Conductor Alondra de la Parra and renowned guitarist Robert Belinic. Romantic orchestral works to be presented at the concert will include:
  • Scheherazade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: A symphonic suite composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in the days of Imperial Russia, Scheherazade is based on One Thousand and One Nights, also known as The Arabian Nights. This compelling classic combines thrilling orchestration with exotic legends of the East.
  • Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo: Joaquín Rodrigo, one of the finest Spanish composers of the twentieth century, wrote the Concierto de Aranjuez for classical guitar and orchestra. This beautiful composition was inspired by the gardens at Palacio Real de Aranjuez, the residence of the King of Spain.Boléro by Maurice Ravel: Boléro, a one-movement orchestral piece by Maurice Ravel, was originally composed as a ballet, commissioned by ballerina Ida Rubinstein. The piece is Ravel's most famous composition. An excerpt of Boléro is featured in the 1980 movie 10, and that romantic musical interlude significantly increased sales of recordings of the work.

For tickets, call the Quad City Symphony Orchestra Box Office at (563) 322-QCSO (7276) or visit
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