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DJ POWER RELEASES "FLY SO HIGH" SINGLE WITH MACHEL MONTANO & KARDINAL OFFISHALL PDF Print E-mail
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Written by DJ Power   
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 09:42

Jan 14th 2012, Ny, Ny. Award winning Dj Power “The Soul Controller” has enlisted Soca superstar Machel Montano and Kardinal Offishall for his new single titled “Fly So High” on the Starline Music label. Released earlier this week, this infectious Electro/House/Pop/Soca fusion style dubbed “Solectro” by Power is already making waves with its rhythmic melody and percussion, Machel’s uplifting, captivating chorus and a fire spitting verse from Kardinal Offishall. The track versions can be heard here:

FLY SO HIGH (Radio edit)

FLY SO HIGH (House Mix)

“Fly So High” was written by Machel Montano, Peter “Wildfire” Noel and Kardinal Offishall and produced by Power with duo Badnuz & Pops who’s production credits include recent collaborations with famed Drake producer Boi-1da. Expect more from this trio as they have been busy crafting more tracks for Dj Power’s upcoming album which besides “Fly So High” will also feature many collaborations with artists including Kalenna Harper (Diddy Dirty Money) and the track “Makeup” with Vybz Kartel recorded just days before his current incarceration. “Fly So High” will also be featured on Machel Montano’s upcoming album to be released later this year. “Machel’s an amazing songwriter, singer and performer and we wanted to bring this sound to the world, Kardi’s verse is icing on the cake and only adds more power to this monster track”, states Power.The track is available on Itunes, Beatport, Dj Tunes and Juno.

BUY TRACK HERE

Dj Power became famous for his Soul Controllers mashup mixtape compilations and remixes fusing Reggae/dancehall and Soca music with Hip Hop, House and Electro earning him a coveted Justo’s mixtape award. His remixes and compilations have been featured in such publications as the Ny Times and played by dj’s around the world including his work on Mims “Why I’m Hot” remix featuring Baby Cham and Junior Reid and his remix to world cup anthem Knaan’s “Waving Flag.

LISTEN AND DOWNLOAD A RECENT DJ POWER LIVE SET HERE

 
Taking Flight at the Figge art Museum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jared Johnson   
Monday, 16 January 2012 15:33

What could be better on a cold mid-winter night than a heart-warming evening of music and art at the Figge? The Quad City Symphony Orchestra is proud to present the Lyrebird Ensemble in conjunction with the "Fins and Feathers" exhibit at the Figge Art Museum. The Lyrebird Ensemble is a collaboration between QCSO Flute Ellen Huntington and QCSO Principal Harp Lillian Lau. Come to hear the gorgeous combination of sounds 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 at 8 PM on Saturday, January 21, at 8 PM.

The Lyrebird Ensemble, based in Chicago, was formed in 2006 when flutist Ellen Huntington and harpist Lillian Lau began collaborating as members of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. They are dedicated to performing lesser known repertoire written specifically for flute and harp from the late eighteenth century to the present day. Their debut recording, "Taking Flight,” introduces a unique program of virtuosic compositions from the modern era.

The Lyrebird Ensemble will be performing for the opening of 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 performance will be in the midst of the exhibit and attendees are invited to browse the art before the show and during intermission. "Fins and Feathers" runs through April 22, 2012.

Tickets for this concert can be purchased at www.QCSymphony.com, 800.745.3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets. Dinner reservations should be made directly through the Outing Club at 563.324.5284.

 
Red Cedar Chamber Music Performs at Brucemore PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Friday, 13 January 2012 09:43

Red Cedar Chamber Music and Brucemore are partnering for Home Sweet Home, a nostalgic evening of music in the warmth of Brucemore’s Great Hall on February 24 and 25 at 8:00 p.m. The intimate wintertime concert features poignant Stephen Foster melodies, 19th-century American popular music, and light classics from the salons of Europe, including arias from Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute. Red Cedar Chamber Music’s flutist Jan Boland and guitarist John Dowdall will be joined by Lisa Ponton, Principal Viola of Orchestra Iowa and violist of the Orchestra Iowa String Quartet. A champagne and dessert reception will be held during intermission. Tickets are $35 per person or $30 per Brucemore member. Space is limited; please call (319) 362-7375 to purchase tickets.

The Home Sweet Home concert provides a natural partnership between two local cultural organizations—nineteenth-century chamber music in a nineteenth century parlor. As artists in residence at Brucemore in 1983, Jan Boland and John Dowdall began performing nineteenth century music on period instruments—an 1830 wooden flute and an 1830 gut-strung guitar. Currently celebrating its fifteenth season, Red Cedar Chamber Music continually strives to reach, challenge, and expand audiences that rarely have the opportunity to attend chamber music performances. Red Cedar Chamber musicians inform and entertain audiences, engaging them with lively commentary about the music, composers, and instruments. Their first recording, Czech Chamber Music, received a Critics' Choice award from the American Record Guide, which stated, "Chamber music should be just like this—intimate, bonding, and conversational." The artists will be performing Serenade, Op. 26 by Wenceslaus Matiegka from Czech Chamber Music for the first time since it was released by Fleur de Son Classics in 1998. Red Cedar Chamber Music returned home to Brucemore in 2009 and 2011. For more information about Red Cedar Chamber Music or other Home Sweet Home performances visit www.redcedar.org or call (319) 377-8028.

Brucemore, Iowa’s only National Trust Historic Site, is located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The 26-acre park-like estate in the heart of Cedar Rapids boasts a Queen Anne style mansion built between 1884 and 1886. Brucemore has been home to three prominent families who used the estate as a center for culture and the arts. The estate continues to be a hub for cultural, philanthropic, and educational activities. Each year thousands of visitors attend specialty tours, concerts, fine arts performances, children’s programs, holiday celebrations, preservation events, and garden workshops on the estate. For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit www.brucemore.org.

 

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Stephen Swanson, Baritone, in recital Jan 29, 4pm at Congregational Church, Iowa City PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ethel Bloesch   
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 13:06

SUNDAYS AT FOUR PRESENTS

A RECITAL BY STEPHEN SWANSON, BARITONE

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 2012, 4PM

CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

30 N. CLINTON STREET, IOWA CITY IA 52245

IOWA CITY – SUNDAYS AT FOUR, a free community arts series, will present a recital by Stephen Swanson, baritone, with Casey Rafn, piano, on January 29 at 4pm, at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 30 N. Clinton Street in Iowa City.

The program is a recreation of the concert that Swanson, a University of Iowa voice professor, sang as his senior recital 45 years ago.  It includes a wide range of arias and songs from the Baroque era to the 20th century.  Swanson joined the UI faculty in 1994 after an extensive operatic career in Europe.

For more information on the SUNDAYS AT FOUR series, call 319-337-4301 or visit the church’s website at www.uccic.org.  The Congregational United Church of Christ is located at 30 N. Clinton Street, across from the University of Iowa Pentacrest.

 
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