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Quad City Arts Cary Grant Residency and Holiday Pops appearance by actor John Getz announced PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Carmen Darland   
Monday, 17 October 2011 15:08
October 17, 2011

Quad City Arts is proud to announce the participation of Moline native, John Getz in their prestigious Cary Grant Residency program. The residency was established in 1986 when Cary Grant died while in Davenport for the inaugural Festival of Trees. The purpose of this residency is to encourage the growth of the theatrical arts in the Quad Cities through the presentation of artists whose careers in acting, or the professional development of actors, parallel the level of commitment to the theatrical arts as exemplified by Mr. Grant.

Previous participants in the Cary Grant Artists-in-Residence include:

Joan Benny

Colleen Dewhurst

Lawrence Luckenbill

Robert Cohen

Robert Falls

Seattle Mime Theatre

Guy Davis

Anna Deavere Smith

Edward Albee

B.D. Wong


John Getz is a stage-trained actor who studied at the University of Iowa and the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco after growing up in Moline, IL and graduating from Moline High School. Recently, he portrayed “Sy”, the attorney to Mark Zuckerburg’s character in the academy award winning Social Network movie. He starred on Broadway in M. Butterfly and They’re Playing Our Song, and had leading roles in the Coen brothers’ Blood Simple which lead to feature film roles in The Fly, The Fly II, Born on the Fourth of July, Curly Sue, A Day Without A Mexican among others; he is also remembered for his series regular roles on “MacGruder” and “Loud”.

In addition to his educational work in the schools, John will have a narrative role during the Holiday Pops concert, November 19, 2011, 7:30 at the iwireless; tickets go on sale October 15, 2011. Tickets are available by calling the Symphony Office, 563-322-0931.

Matt Maher coming to Davenport this week! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by New Anthem   
Monday, 17 October 2011 15:00

The Love In Between Tour

Matt Maher * Laura Story

Introducing Andy Cherry

6:00 PM Sunday, October 23

Adler Theater
136 East 3rd Street

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Augustana students performed in first orchestra concert of the season PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keri Rursch   
Friday, 14 October 2011 11:42
ROCK ISLAND, IL (10/13/2011)(readMedia)-- The Augustana Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Daniel Culver, will open its season with the inventive Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 and Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 104, called the "London Symphony." The concert will take place on Saturday, October 15, at 8 p.m. in Centennial Hall (3703 7th Ave). The Rachmaninoff concerto will feature Dr. Mary Neil, professor of music at Augustana, on piano.

The Augustana Symphony Orchestra is a full-size orchestra of approximately 75 members.

From your area this includes:

Anne VanSpeybroek, a Junior from Rock Island, Ill., majoring in Music Performance- Instrumental.

Ashley Finley, a Sophomore from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in Music Education Instrumental.

Nick Kendell, a Sophomore from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in Undecided.

Lindsey Sikorski, a First Year from East Moline, Ill., majoring in Undecided.

Adam Bengfort, a First Year from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in Undecided.

Abigail Jones, a Sophomore from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in Biology/Environmental Studies.

Peter Wiese, a Junior from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in Neuroscience/Mathematics.

Student-musician Tim Christiansen, a senior from Park Ridge, Ill., enjoys the orchestral part. "Rachmaninoff was infatuated with and mesmerized by orchestral textures-varying interactions between the orchestra and soloist. Sometimes they agree, disagree and dance with one another," said Christiansen.

Rachmaninoff's second piano concerto is one of his enduringly popular works and helped him gain fame as a concerto composer. This work was well received from its first performance and served as a sign that Rachmaninoff was no longer suffering from depression that had lasted several years.

Joseph Haydn composed 104 symphonies, the "London Symphony" being his last, and became known as the "Father of the Symphony" for his contribution to the development of this particular musical form.

Dr. Culver finds this Haydn symphony progressive for its time. "It is a transparent symphony-it requires great concentration and the full orchestra to be attentive to details," Culver said.

About Augustana: Founded in 1860 and situated on a 115-acre campus near the Mississippi River, Augustana College is a private, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The college enrolls 2,500 students from diverse geographic, social, ethnic and religious backgrounds and offers more than 70 majors and related areas of study. Augustana employs 287 faculty members and has a student-faculty ratio of 11:1. Augustana continues to do what it has always done: challenge and prepare students for lives of leadership and service in our complex, ever-changing world.

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Written by Anne Wachal   
Friday, 14 October 2011 11:24
Professional classical guitarist Peter Fletcher of New York will perform a concert to benefit area hunger relief efforts on Thursday, October 20th, 7:30 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church, 1809 Mississippi Blvd., Bettendorf.  The program will feature music from a variety of composers and musical periods, including Bach, Ponce, Grieg, Tarrega, and Ravel.

Admission will be a suggested donation of $10, and additional donations of cash and non-perishable food items will be welcomed.  Net proceeds will benefit the Churches United food pantries and the Student Hunger Drive.

Mr. Fletcher will also perform a program of Brazilian music on Friday, October 21st, 12:00 noon, at the Bettendorf Public Library.  Details about the guitarist are available at his web site,  The organizer of the Thursday concert is Don Mitchem.  For more information, call 563-359-1447 or 563-528-2736.

Local Students involved in Central College music ensembles PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rachel Vogel   
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 13:48

PELLA, IA (10/10/2011)(readMedia)-- The following students are participating in music ensembles at Central College:

Meghan Brophy, native of Bettendorf, Iowa, in Community Chorus, directed by Mark Babcock

Megan Querry, native of Bettendorf, Iowa, in Community Chorus, directed by Mark Babcock

Justine Jackovich, native of Eldridge, Iowa, in Symphonic Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Mitchell Lutch

Hannah Seibel, native of Eldridge, Iowa, in Vocal Jazz Combos, directed by Gabriel Espinosa

Ellen Korn, native of Davenport, Iowa, in Community Chorus, directed by Mark Babcock

Steven Gordon, native of Davenport, Iowa, in Community Chorus and A Cappella Choir, directed by Mark Babcock

Central College offers 18 music ensembles, ranging from the 60-voice A Cappella Choir to the Flying Pans Steel Pan Band. The music ensembles are open to music majors and non-majors alike, and several tour annually.

Central College is a private, four-year, residential, liberal arts college in Pella, Iowa. Central's academic program offers 39 majors leading to a bachelor's degree along with pre-professional programs and advising. Central was recognized in the 2011 U.S.News & World Report's annual rankings of the best liberal arts colleges in the nation.

More information about Central College is available at or by calling 877-462-3687.

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