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Concerti for Celli and more QCSO news PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jared Johnson   
Friday, 02 December 2011 09:24


The first half of the 2011-12 Masterworks season concludes in just a few weeks on December 3rd and 4th with Concerti for Celli, featuring cellists Tony Ross and Beth Rapier Ross. This husband-and-wife team, respectively principal cello and assistant principal cello of the Minnesota Orchestra, brings their own special connection to a pair of concerti, each written for a pair of celli. The first by Ott in a modern idiom, with the second in Vivaldi's more Baroque style.


Michael Abel's Global Warming, originally commissioned by Mark Russell Smith, displays the warming of cultural relations by weaving together folk music from divergent cultures into one noisy yet harmonic global village. The concert is concluded with Brahms' beloved First Symphony.


For full program notes and listening samples, click here.


For guest artist biographies, click here.


Tickets for Masterworks III may be purchased at 800.745.3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets, or by clicking here.

Chili with Celli


Friday, December 2 at 5 PM, cellists from around the Quad Cities are invited to join Anthony Ross and Beth Rapier Ross from the Minnesota Orchestra, along with Hannah Holman, Kevin Price-Brenner, and Mark Russell Smith at the River Music Experience in downtown Davenport for a chili dinner and cello performance. Chili will be available at 5, with the program beginning at 5:30.


The chili will be provided by Volunteers for Symphony and drinks will be for sale at the RME Cafe. This event is free to the public and everyone is invited to bring their cello and a music stand. Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 30, to Rebecca Swartz, Education and Youth Ensemble Coordinator, at 563.322.0931 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you plan to attend.

Win $50,000 in the Symphony Raffle


In honor of our 97th season, the QCSO is selling 1000 $97 raffle tickets which could win you $50,000!


In addition to that exciting Grand Prize, over $3500 in preliminary cash prizes will be awarded at each Quad City Symphony Orchestra concert this season, including a $2500 "early bird" prize on December 4. Winners of the preliminary prizes will remain eligible for the Grand Prize, so the earlier you buy your ticket, the better your chance to win!


Buy your tickets today at the QCSO Box Office or by mailing a check for $97 to 327 Brady Street, Davenport, Iowa 52801. Your tickets will be mailed to you upon the receipt of your check.

The Signature Series continues


The QCSO saw great attendance for the premier offering of its Signature Series and expects to see the same when the Lyrebird Ensemble performs at the Figge Art Museum on January 21. The Lyrebird Ensemble, a collaboration between Quad City Symphony Orchestra members Ellen Huntington and Lillian Lau, will perform hidden gems from the flute and harp repertoire. Come to hear the gorgeous combination of these two instruments in a program of rarely performed works ranging from charming to virtuosic. This second concert of the Signature Series is in the Figge Art Museum on January 21 at 8 PM.


The Lyrebird Ensemble will be performing in the "Fins and Feathers: Children's Book Illustrations from the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art," a temporary exhibit at the Figge Art Museum that showcases original children's book illustrations from the late 1960s through today. Included are works by Leo Lionni (Fish is Fish), Petra Mathers (Lottie's New Beach Towel), and Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar). The exhibition opens on the day of the concert and runs through April 22, 2012.


Tickets for the Signature Series are $18, but if you buy both remaining concerts in the series you can save 15%. May 19 will feature the driving rhythms of composer Marc Mellits at the River Music Experience. The first thing you'll do after each concert is tweet: "That was the best music I've heard in a long time."


To read more about the Lyrebird Esemble, click here.

PIZZA MAN Quad Cities feature film update PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Doug Miller   
Monday, 21 November 2011 15:20
The live action motion picture production of PIZZA MAN to be made by Brookspics Productions is slated to begin in the spring of 2012. Brookspics, which is owned by Mel Brooks, has been approved for production by Betsy Steinberg, Managing Director of the Illinois Film Office. PIZZA MAN is a horror/thriller film and has been in active development and preparation since June of this year through the efforts of Producer, Rainer Soehnlein in cooperation with Great River Studios, LLC of Rock Island, Illinois. Great River will be the production management, service, equipment and facilities company associated with the local production of the film in the Illinois Quad Cities area.

An extensive location scout took place during the months of August and September of this year with the film’s director Steve Haberman and Great River Production Executive, Doug Miller, along with numerous associates from Great River Studios. Production budgets have been finalized and logistics have been coordinated for the production with the cooperation of numerous Quad Cities residents, various Great River production partners and the Cities of Rock Island and Moline with locations selected in both of these communities thus far. The projected budget of the film is $5 million dollars

Steve Haberman, the writer-director of PIZZA MAN, is a longtime collaborator with Mel Brooks having written two movies with him: LIFE STINKS and DRACULA – DEAD AND LOVING IT. He also wrote the feature SCREW LOOSE and the documentary SHADOWS IN THE DARK: THE VAL LEWTON LEGACY. His short film, BLIND CURVES, which he wrote, produced and directed, won 17 international film festivals, including the Eastman Kodak Film of the Year and Best Short Film of the Year from the Photographic Society of America. An expert on horror films, he authored the book SILENT SCREAMS, the definitive history of horror in the silent era. He performed the commentary on 15 classic horror films including the original Universal Pictures’ DRACULA and THE MUMMY for which he won the Rando Award for Best Commentary of the Year. He recently produced, directed and edited the HBO special MEL BROOKS AND DICK CAVETT – TOGETHER AGAIN.

For more information about PIZZA MAN and or interviews with Mr. Haberman please contact Doug Miller, Great River Studios Production Executive at 563-349-1041.

Civil War Music from the Muscatine High School at the Muscatine Art Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katy Doherty   
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 12:48
Music was used extensively during the Civil War. Bands would play during recruitment rallies to excite the crowd and entice men to enlist. Music was used as a form of entertainment and as a means of inspiring loyalty and camaraderie among the troops. Music sounded the soldiers' daily activities, led them into battle and laid them to rest.

Singing was one of the soldiers' favorite ways to pass time. Many songs were inspirational marching tunes meant to keep morale high, while others were sad, sentimental songs whose lyrics reminded the men of loved ones and home. Most Civil War era music is easily
recognizable today, as they are steadfast favorites.

Join us in the Music Room for a special program of Civil War era music, presented by the Muscatine Art Center in conjunction with the current exhibit: Muscatine & the Civil War: A Sesquicentennial Commemoration. The beautiful music will be performed by select group of Muscatine High School students under the direction of Kelly Preslan and Darcy Hendriks of the Vocal and Band Department at the Muscatine High School.

This program will consist of vocal and instrumental selections relating to the Civil War, in the form of ballads, patriotic songs, marches and instrumental drill patterns.

What: Civil War Era Music Performed by the Muscatine High School’s Vocal and Band
When: Thursday, November 10, 2011
Time: 6:00 PM
Where: The Muscatine Art Center’s Music Room
Admission to this program is FREE.

Please contact Katy Doherty, Program Coordinator, with any questions or concerns at 563-263-8282 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Muscatine Art Center is open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM, Thursday from 10 AM to 7 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 PM. Admission is FREE.

Holiday Pops featuring Todd Eldredge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jared Johnson   
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 09:02

Ice skating returns to the Holiday Pops as Olympic ice skater Todd Eldredge, couples skating team Andy and Lindsey Seitz, and the Figure Skating Club of the Quad Cities join the Quad City Symphony Orchestra for this year's Holiday Pops! Guest conductor Michael Butterman, a favorite with the Holiday Pops audience, also returns to lead this star-studded spectacular. Holiday Pops is on November 19 at 7:30 PM and kicks off Quad City Arts' Festival of Trees, along with the Festival of Trees Parade and the Lighting of the Commons. This concert is sponsored by John Deere.

Conductor Michael Butterman and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra will also be joined on stage by actor John Getz, known for his roles in such films as the Social Network and Zodiac, and jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis. Both John Getz and Jon Faddis are brought to the Quad Cities by Quad City Arts. And of course the Holiday Pops concert would not be complete without the hundreds of voices from the Sanctuary Choir of First Presbyterian Church, Davenport, and the Holiday Pops Children's Chorus.

Tickets are on sale now at the i wireless Center box office, at 800.745.3000, or online at Tables along the ice are $45 per seat, with tiered pricing in the arena ranging from $15 to $35. Seniors and children can save $2 per ticket and groups of 15 or more can save even more by calling the i wireless Center group sales department at 309.277.1356.

Quad-City native brings music to The East Coast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan Flaherty   
Thursday, 03 November 2011 15:21

Gypsy Guitarist and singer-songwriter Ryan Flaherty releases his debut solo CD HUNGRY MOON

to be released November 4th at Blue in Portland, ME -


November 4th, 2011 - Gypsy-percussion-guitarist and singer-songwriter Ryan Flaherty will be releasing his debut CD, Hungry Moon, on November 4th, 2011 at Blue in Portland, ME. The live performance will begin at 8pm. Flaherty will be performing his own original compositions from his debut album Hungry Moon. Joined by a full band, Flaherty will feature the many artists that appear on his new album. The line-up includes Flaherty on acoustic guitar and lead vocals, Portland jazz guitarist Mike Arciero on lead guitar, Portland bassist Duane Edwards on upright-bass and also joined by Worcester musicians Dan Hunt on banjo, Ed Melikian on oud and Joe Zupan on percussion. All of the above musicians perform on several tracks throughout the new CD.


Flaherty, originally from Rock Island, IL and now residing in Portsmouth, NH, has released a celebration of original music, blending gypsy, arabic, flamenco, americana and jazz. Though not true to any one tradition, the artist pays homage to each genre throughout Hungry Moon and celebrates each sound as one. The music is fiery and intoxicating, fine-tuned with percussive guitar, howling vocals and seductive lyrics. Also featured on the album is cello and violin prodigy Daisy Castro and her mother Ann Castro on vocals. The official release date for the album is Friday, November 4th, 2011, but you can download the album now via Facebook ( or BandCamp (


"Look out world, this guys got your number. Tons of styles smelted, combined and poured into guitar strings. Do not douse yourself with gasoline before coming to this show, his fingers will light you on fire." - NH Songwriter B.A. Canning


Between 2005-2011 Flaherty played rhythm guitar for the award winning Gypsy Jazz trio Ameranouche. Flaherty has shared the stage with many talented musicians including John Jorgenson, Stephane Wrembel and Robin Nolan. As a member of Ameranouche, Flaherty has opened for many renowned artists including Esperanza Spalding, Herbie Hancock and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Flaherty also opened for the Avett Brothers in Knoxville, TN. A highlight for Flaherty was performing at the 2008 Newport Jazz Festival.


Aside from Ryan Flaherty's solo project, he also plays with several Gypsy Jazz groups, and is known for his rock solid rhythm technique in the Gypsy Jazz community. Included in his other projects are Gypsy Guitars from Boston and Hot Club Du Monde from Portland, ME. Flaherty occasionally accompany's several solo artists, including violinist Jason Anick from the John Jorgenson Quintet.


Hungry Moon - Ryan Flaherty - Debut Album - Official Release Date: Nov. 4, 2011 at Blue in Portland, ME

Featuring the sultry vocals and percussive guitar stylings of singer-songwriter Ryan Flaherty. All original compositions - a mix of Flamenco, Arabic, Americana, Jazz and Gypsy idioms - a non-traditional blend of elements from each style. Featuring several guest artists from all around New England.


Who: Ryan Flaherty - Gypsy-percussion guitarist and singer-songwriter

What: Ryan Flaherty - Hungry Moon - CD Release Show at Blue in Portland, ME

When: Friday, November 4th, 2011

Time: 8pm - 9:30pm

Address: 650 A Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101

Phone: (207) 774-4111

Tickets: donations accepted for artist

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