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WQPT Presents Live New Year’s Eve Show from Beale Street PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lora Adams   
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 13:32

This year, WQPT viewers will be able to ring in the New Year from one of the most famous musical streets in the world, Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, the home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock & Roll.

“I decided that since we have a large Blues audience here in the Quad Cities and surrounding region and with the Mississippi Valley Blues Fest as one of our areas biggest events, that this special would be a great addition to ring in the new year,” said Jerry Myers, WQPT Programming Director.

WQPT will present LIVE! Beale Street on New Year’s Eve, from 11:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., providing a unique look at the rich history of Beale Street with live interviews and lots of great music to welcome 2012.

The broadcast includes a traditional countdown to midnight with fireworks and the dropping of the Giant Guitar. Revelers will also be invited to “come bury your blues” by dropping mementos and notes into a symbolic coffin. (Viewers at home will be able to bury their blues by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). The celebration continues after midnight.

Viewers are also invited to like the “Beale Street on New Year’s Eve” Facebook page and post comments and questions during the broadcast. Some of the comments will be mentioned on the air.

LIVE! Beale Street on New Year’s Eve is sponsored by Performa Entertainment, Budweiser, Beale Street Merchants Association, and The City of Memphis.

This unique New Year’s Eve celebration captures the flavor, the sounds, and the story of Memphis’ Beale Street. Viewers will be treated to live reports from the street, a survey of the acts currently performing on Beale, and an introduction to the Legends of Beale.

“We welcome this opportunity to share the culture, the music, and the excitement of Beale Street this New Year’s Eve,” said Michael J. LaBonia, WKNO’s President and CEO. “And we’re proud to be able to share this live experience with viewers across the region.”

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University in Moline, Illinois.


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Youth Symphony and Youth Philharmonic auditions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Morenz   
Friday, 23 December 2011 16:10
The Quad City Symphony Orchestra is announcing auditions for the Youth Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras on Saturday, January 7, and Sunday, January 8, in Bergendoff Hall at Augustana College. Auditions are for new members only and open to all students grades 6-12. Audition requirements and excerpts can be downloaded at

All students who wish to audition should contact Rebecca Swartz, Education and Youth Ensemble Coordinator, to schedule an audition time. She can be reached at the Symphony office at 563-322-0931 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Students perform in Augustana College's Lessons and Carols PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keri Rursch   
Monday, 19 December 2011 15:03

ROCK ISLAND, IL (12/13/2011)(readMedia)-- Augustana College, in Rock Island, Ill., will present the beautiful, traditional Christmas service Lessons and Carols on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Ascension Chapel inside Founders Hall (820 38th St.). This free, public event involves many students and honors Christ's birth through songs and Scripture readings.

The Lessons and Carols service is split between nine "lessons" - biblical passages that chronologically lead to Jesus' birth - and carols performed by the student groups and the audience.

Among the students performing:

Ingrid Schneider, a First Year from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in Undecided.

Angie Cummins, a Junior from Rock Island, Ill., majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders/Psychology.

Kaleigh Wall, a Junior from Eldridge, Iowa, majoring in Art.

The Handbell Choir, which is open to all Augustana students, will perform prelude music for the service and accompany the singing of Silent Night. The Handbell Choir is directed by Larry Peterson, campus ministries' director of music.

The Chamber Singers is a highly selective choral ensemble, which performs under the direction of Dr. Jon Hurty, professor in music and director of choral activities. They will perform an assortment of traditional and lesser known Christmas hymns, including a few with audience participation. One selection will be performed by the Augustana Men's Chamber Ensemble, under the direction of student director Cameron Carrara.

New QC Music School Now Open PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QC Rock Academy   
Thursday, 15 December 2011 08:54

The Quad City’s newest music school is now open and accepting new students for guitar, drums, bass, piano and vocal lessons.

Call 563-386-3044 or visit us at

Youth Choirs to Join Nova Singers’ Christmas Concerts PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nova Singers   
Monday, 12 December 2011 15:57

On December 16th and 17th, youth choirs will once again join Nova Singers in celebrating the holiday season.  On Friday the 16th in Davenport at St. Paul Lutheran Church, the guest choir is the Sudlow Select Choir, under the direction of Kim Knoche.  On Saturday the 17th in Galesburg at First Lutheran Church, Nova will be joined by the Churchill Singing Streaks, directed by Paula Helle.  Each choir will perform their own set of music before combining with the Nova Singers for three beloved Christmas carols.  Both performances begin at 7:30pm.

Tickets will be available at the door. Admission is $16 for adults and $12 for seniors. Students are admitted free of charge. Nova Singers season tickets will still be available through this performance. Season ticket holders receive four concerts for the price of three. For information about group rates, tickets, recordings, or other Nova Singers events, call 309-341-7038, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Also, please take the opportunity to visit our Facebook page under the keywords ‘Nova Singers.’


A Nova Christmas is sponsored by Miller Dredge Insurance and the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend.  Nova Singers’ 2011-2012 season is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

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