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Augustana students performed a disaster relief concert PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keri Rursch   
Monday, 03 October 2011 12:18

ROCK ISLAND, IL (09/29/2011)(readMedia)-- More than six months have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake, and the people of Japan are still trying to rebuild their lives. To reverently remember and show sympathy for the Japanese people, members of the Augustana College Symphonic Band performed a disaster relief concert on Saturday, September 24.

Free will donations were collected at the concert. Donations totaled $1,550, and funds raised will be distributed through the American Red Cross for relief efforts in Japan.

"It is easy to forget about such disasters, yet much of Japan is still uninhabitable-much remains to be done," said Augustana's Director of Bands James Lambrecht, who has programmed select musical works related to Japan in order to expose the students and Augustana community to Japanese musical culture.

From your area, the students involved included:

Anne VanSpeybroeck, a Junior from Rock Island, Ill. majoring in Music Performance.

Jennifer Youngs, a Senior from Taylor Ridge, Ill. majoring in Psychology/Political Science.

Gaetano Iaccarino, a Senior from Davenport, Iowa majoring in Anthropology/Music.

Grace Drenth, a Junior from Davenport, Ill. majoring in Psychology.

"This was a celebration of music, and it was also a meaningful gesture to the people of Japan that Augustana College is committed to helping those in need-no matter where they live." said Augustana senior Gaetano Iaccarino, Davenport, Iowa.

Augustana's music department shares a special connection with Japan. Lambrecht departed for his second guest residency at the prestigious Musashino Academia Musicae, Tokyo, only two days after the concert. While in Japan, Lambrecht will conduct the Musashino Academia Musicae Wind Ensemble with music programmed in response to the devastating events.

For more information, please contact Keri Rursch, director of public relations, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (309) 794-7721.

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 Church in America (ELCA). The college enrolls nearly 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 and has a student-faculty ration 11:1. Augustana continues to do what is was always done: challenge and prepare students for lives of leadership and service in out complex, ever-changing world.

Singer's Quad Cities visit to benefit both kids, military PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jessica Kiefer   
Monday, 03 October 2011 11:55
Singer-songwriter Darden Smith will be a featured guest in the Quad Cities during a three-day event with the Rock Island Arsenal chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army October 18-20. The event will include a visit to the Rock Island Arsenal Youth Center on both October 18 and 19 where 20 military youth will engage in Smith's established "Be An Artist Program," aiming to encourage creativity through personalized, innovative songwriting sessions. Three 50-minute sessions will bring together students in grades 4, 5 and 6.

The finale fundraiser concert will begin at 7 p.m. at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. Third Street, on Thursday, October 20. All proceeds will benefit soldier support programs funded through AUSA, the voice of the U.S. Army on Capitol Hill and at the grassroots level. The organization’s role as a conduit in aligning resources and needs for soldiers and their families continues to benefit servicemen and women nationwide.

The Beggarmen in Concert at Riverside Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Burnett   
Monday, 03 October 2011 10:56

September 27, 2011 – Iowa City, IA


Get in the mood for The Cripple of Inishmaan at Riverside Theatre with one of the region’s best Irish musical ensembles, The Beggarmen, on Saturday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Riverside Theatre.


All music featured in Riverside Theatre’s upcoming production of The Cripple of Inishmaan will be provided by The Beggarmen.


Since their first performance at a small pub in Iowa, The Beggarmen has gone on to headline folk festivals and concert halls throughout the Midwest, greeting audiences with their unique style of Irish music.


Original founding member Brad Pouleson (vocals, low and high whistles, uilleann pipes, and mandolin) is joined by veteran Celtic/folk guitarist and singer Keith Reins, renowned fiddler and singer Tara Dutcher and Joe Dutcher on bodhran, Irish flue, and vocals.


Also appearing at the concert will be world class Irish step dancer Taylor J. Best, who is a student at the University of Iowa.


Tickets for the concert are $20 and can be ordered through the Riverside Theatre Box Office at 213 N. Gilbert St., (319) 338-7672 or purchased at the door the night of the concert.

All proceeds from the event to benefit Riverside Theatre.

Quad City Wind Ensemble to Present 2011 Fall Concert PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Patrick Driscoll   
Monday, 03 October 2011 10:48
The Quad City Wind Ensemble, celebrating its 26th concert season, will be holding its Fall Concert, “Symphonic Moments“, on Sunday, October 23, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. in Allaert Auditorium of the Galvin Fine Arts Center located on the campus of St. Ambrose University, 518 W. Locust St., in Davenport, IA. The concert will feature as soloist, Quad City Symphony Principal Trumpet player, David Greenhoe. The program includes works by Dutch-born Johan de Meij, native French composers Jean-Baptiste Arban and Charles Gounod, Gioachino Rossini, Richard Wagner and others.

Founded in 1987 by Charles B. DCamp, Professor Emeritus from St. Ambrose University, and comprised of 59 of the finest area adult musicians, the Quad City Wind Ensemble is conducted by Brian L. Hughes. Dr. Myron Welch, retired Director of Bands at the University of Iowa, who conducted the group in May of 2010 proclaimed that, “The Quad City Wind Ensemble is the finest adult wind ensemble in the entire state of Iowa and among the best in the nation”.

Admission for the concert is $10 for Adults, $8 for Seniors (65+) and FREE for all students. There will be a reception following the concert. The QCWE is currently accepting advertisements and individual donations for the 2011-2012 program book. For additional information, please contact Patrick Driscoll at 563-508-8656. You are also encouraged to visit our website:

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Nova Singers Opens 26th Season with Voices and Keys PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nicole Andersen   
Monday, 03 October 2011 07:55

Nova Singers, under the direction of Dr. Laura Lane, presents two performances of Voices and Keys, Saturday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Kresge Recital Hall, Knox College, Galesburg, and on Sunday, October 9 at 4:00 p.m. at First Congregational Church, Moline.


Discover the stunning blend of piano and choir in Nova Singers’ 26th season opener.  These concerts feature the dramatic and virtuosic Mid-Winter Songs by Morten Lauridsen, a set of five songs that revolve around a common winter motif. Also included in the program are several charming part songs by Schubert and Brahms, and American folk songs, all featuring dazzling accompaniments.  Joining Nova Singers for these opening concerts is guest pianist Ashlee Mack.


Specializing in contemporary music, pianist Ashlee Mack has performed solo and chamber music with new-music organizations such as the Society for Chromatic Art, Vox Novus (New York City), New Music Forum (San Francisco), and the Iowa Composers Forum. She has given recitals across the United States, in Germany (Breisach and Freiburg), and Italy (American Academy in Rome). Her performances of Odds and Ends by Robert Morris and For Milton by Christian Carey will be featured on an upcoming CD commemorating Milton Babbitt. Her recording of James Romig’s Transparencies was recently released on Navona Records (distributed by Capstone). Mack earned her degree in piano performance at Bucknell University where she studied with Lois Svard. She has furthered her studies with pianists Michael Adcock (Washington, DC) and Alan Huckleberry (University of Iowa). Mack is currently the Coordinator of Piano Instruction at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.

Nova Singers, a professional vocal ensemble under the direction of Dr. Laura Lane, hopes to share this fantastic listening experience with you.  Nova Singers is known for bringing a wide variety of choral music to its audiences, and for the spirit and charm the singers impart to their music.  Dr. Lane has been serving the greater Galesburg and Quad-Cities communities for over twenty-five years, bringing her passion for music and expressive singing to audiences and singers alike.


Tickets for this concert are available through Nova’s office and at the door.  Admission is $16 for adults and $12 for seniors.  Students are admitted free of charge.  Voices and Keys is sponsored by OSF St. Mary Medical Center. Nova Singers’ 2011-2012 season is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. For information about tickets, recordings, or other Nova Singers performances, please call Nova Singers at 309-341-7038 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Information is also available at

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