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Written by Jared Johnson   
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 10:05

Davenport, IA-The Quad City Symphony Orchestra and WVIK-Quad Cities NPR are presenting Trio 826, a string trio including QCSO Principal Cellist Hannah Holman, as the fifth installment of their Signature Series. Trio 826 will be performing trios by composers that have a connection to the holocaust, either by being persecuted or helping the resistance. Trio 826 is performing on Sunday, April 13, at 3:00 p.m. at the Tri-City Jewish Center in Rock Island. This performance is presented by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities.

Trio 826 is comprised of Susanna Klein, violin; Hannah Holman, cello; and Julia Bullard, viola. The program will feature music by Gideon Klein, Hans Krasa, Ernst Krenek, Erno Dohnanyi, and Felix Mendelssohn. Trio 826 will be joined by Dr. Stephen J. Gaies, Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education and Professor of Languages and Literatures at the University of Northern Iowa. The concert will include discussion, reflection, and music. Trio 826 was created in 2011 by three friends to explore ideas for innovation in the performance of classical music.

The members of Trio 826 have vast experience as orchestral and chamber musicians, soloists, and educators. The mission of Trio 826 is to be an agent of change in the classical arena. Their hope is to be curious about their audience, risky in their presentations, and do everything it takes to bring classical music to life. Trio 826 performs new and standard repertoire in a variety of venues, from formal concerts to shows in intimate, informal, and unusual settings.  For 2012, the trio commissioned a work entitled "Soneando" by University of Northern Iowa Faculty Composer Robert Washut.

The Signature Series is presented by WVIK-Quad Cities NPR in collaboration with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and Augustana College. Rebroadcast on WVIK, this versatile and intimate six-concert series features select members of the QCSO and visiting artists from across the nation. Under the artistic direction of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra's Concertmaster Naha Greenholtz, the Signature Series is a testament to the vitality of the classical music community in the Quad Cities. This performance by Trio 826 will be rebroadcast on WVIK-Quad Cities NPR 90.3 FM on Sunday, April 20, at 7:00 p.m.

WVIK/QCSO Signature Series

Forbidden: The Music of the Holocaust

Sunday, April 13, at 3:00 p.m.

Tri-City Jewish Center, Rock Island

Presented by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities

The Tri-City Jewish Center is located at 2715 30th Street in Rock Island. Tickets for the WVIK/QCSO Signature Series are $25, with a $10 student ticket available. Get your tickets today by calling 563.322.QCSO (7276) or visiting Tickets will also be available at the door.


News Releases - Music & Entertainment
Written by Jared Johnson   
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 09:40

Davenport, IA-Quad City Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce the appointment of Benjamin Klemme as its new Assistant Conductor, Community Engagement Coordinator and Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles Music Director. This newly created position will serve as the QCSYEs' artistic liaison with community groups and educational institutions and will work to further the mission of the QCSO and QCSYEs. "The QCSO Board of Trustees Education Committee is very pleased to welcome Benjamin Klemme as our Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles Music Director and Community Engagement Coordinator. Ben is uniquely qualified to fulfill these duties. He is a native of the Quad Cities, a graduate of the Quad Cities Youth Orchestra, and, in addition to his excellent conducting skills, he has very valuable experience collaborating with educational systems to provide students with the best musical experience possible," said Education Committee Chair Jacqueline O'Donnell. "We know Ben will move our education programs up to a new level and we look forward to working with him."

Benjamin Klemme has his Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Minnesota where he conducts the University's Campus Orchestras and is an Assistant Conductor of the Opera Theatre. He also serves the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies as Concert Orchestra Conductor and MacPhail Center for Music as Chamber Orchestra Conductor. Klemme's previous conducting posts include Assistant Conductor of the National Repertory Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and Music Director of the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association. He has guest conducted the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, Cleveland Institute of Music New Music Ensemble, Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, Oskaloosa Chamber Music Festival, and the University of Minnesota Summer Orchestra. Klemme received his Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from the Cleveland Institute of Music and his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Iowa. His principal conducting teachers include Mark Russell Smith, Carl Topilow, Louis Lane, Rebecca Burkhardt and Ronald Johnson.

Dedicated to finding innovative ways to employ his commitment to music education, Benjamin Klemme actively works to develop partnerships with schools and performers in his community to go beyond his work on the podium. In New Mexico, he helped bring classical music to life for young people through his work with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival's "Music In Our Schools" program, and was the founding music department chair at New Mexico School for the Arts; in Ohio he conducted the Scordatura Chamber Orchestra-a Cleveland-based ensemble designed to achieve classroom learning objectives in language arts, math, science, and social studies through the creative presentation of parallel classical music principles; in Iowa he served as the associate conductor of the Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra.

Klemme is a former Quad City resident and was himself a member of the Quad City Symphony Youth Orchestra. Klemme returns to the Quad Cities from the Twin Cities with his wife, violinist Deborah Coltvet Klemme, and two sons.

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra is also proud to announce Stephen D. Mohr as its new Director of Development. Mr. Mohr most recently served as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at the Figge Art Museum. He is also on the Board of the Association of Professional Fundraisers where he holds the office of Treasurer and also writes regularly for their quarterly newsletter. Mr. Mohr is taking the place of Paul Plagenz who recently accepted a position as Director of Development for the Western Illinois University-Quad Cities campus.


TCM’s Documentary “And the Oscar® Goes To…” Coming to U.S. Movie Theaters On April 13 & 16 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Fathom Events   
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 09:38
Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies invite movie lovers on a journey through the history of the Academy Awards® from its beginnings in 1927 to today as the acclaimed documentary “And the Oscar® Goes To…” comes to select cinemas nationwide for a special two day event on Sunday, April 13 at 2:00 p.m. (local time) and Wednesday, April 16 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (local time).
Packed with great moments from 85 years of Academy Award ceremonies, the event features clips from Oscar®-winning and nominated films, rare footage from past ceremonies, as well as interviews with today's superstars, including Steven Spielberg, George Clooney, Helen Mirren, Tom Hanks, Jennifer Hudson and more. Additionally, the special will also include an introduction from TCM host and official Oscar® biographer Robert Osborne sharing his thoughts and memories of the Oscars® over the years.
“And the Oscar Goes To…” will be shown at the following cinemas in your area on April 13 at 2:00 PM and on April 16 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM (local time):
Cinemark Davenport 18 with IMAX 3601 E 53Rd St Davenport IA 52807
Tickets are available now at participating theater box offices and online at

Independent Feature Film Gone Doggy Gone Accepted by Julien Dubuque International Film Festival PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Hannah Gregory   
Monday, 07 April 2014 09:44
DUBUQUE, IOWA (April 3, 2014) The independent feature film Gone Doggy Gone has been accepted by the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. Named one of MovieMaker Magazine's 25 Coolest Film Festivals, this five-day event brings films and filmmakers to downtown Dubuque April 23-27.

The comedy is about a couple—stuck in a lack-luster marriage—that treat their dog like it is their own baby. Working the grind in Los Angeles, they leave little time for each other. What free time they have is spent doting on the dog, until it gets kidnapped. The movie explores what lengths people will go to save their “babies”—which for many modern couples are not human, but covered in fur. The filmmakers refer to these as “fur babies.”

While the plot makes for a great comedy caper, pets being kidnapped and held for ransom or sold online for profit is a very real phenomenon according to Kasi Brown and Brandon Walter who co-wrote, co-directed and co-star in the film.

As zany as the plot may sound, the inspiration came from real-life stories. So-called “pet flipping” has fast become a profitable business all across the country and it is further perpetuated by the fact that law enforcement won’t take reports of stolen pets. This injustice is also depicted within the film, albeit with a more “comical effect” than in real life, added Brown whose real-life pet Yorkie named Laila stars in the film as the kidnapped pooch.

The original inspiration came when Brown’s dog sitter started calling Laila her 'BFF' and taking her to the movies and nail appointments.

“She started bringing my dog home home later and later each night,” said Brown. “I thought, what if one night she just never brought her home?”

Gone Doggy Gone attempts to explore this new type of ‘parenthood’ taking place within the millennial generation.

“Are these fur babies becoming a surrogate for human babies?” asked Brown, adding that their research uncovered some shocking (but hilarious) statistics.

“According to what we found,” said Walter. “One in five people let their dog sleep in their bed every night, 61 percent of women tell their dog about their problems, 63 percent of dog owners give their pets presents at Christmas and 14 percent of men admit their dogs show them more affection than their loved ones.”

“What’s next?” joked Walter. “Naturally, it will be fur-baby strollers and fur-baby Bjorns.” (Both of which are included in the film of course).

“Through their journey of reclaiming their dog, our protagonists embark on a cross country chase, get robbed at gunpoint, and spend a dark evening with a psychic seer where they uncover their deepest fears and reconnect with their loved ones,” said Walter.

The result is a hilarious film getting some serious recognition. In addition to the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, Gone Doggy Gone was also accepted into the FirstGlance Film Fest Los Angeles where the film debuts April 4.

Gone Doggy Gone is a production of Buzzworm Films, produced by Adriane Zaudke (of Alleged Industries) and Rebecca Hu (of Kungfu-Barbie Productions). For more information about the film, to view the trailer and see a complete list of cast and crew, go to

The film's trailer can be viewed on

To purchase tickets for the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, go to


News Releases - Music & Entertainment
Written by Jared Johnson   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:48

Davenport, IA-The Quad City Symphony Orchestra is set to finish with possibly one of the grandest season finales possible with Mahler's Symphony No. 3. Mahler himself described his Third Symphony as being "...of such magnitude that it actually mirrors the whole world." This will be the QCSO premiere of Mahler's Third Symphony, which requires a massive orchestra, a women's choir, a children's choir, and a mezzo-soprano soloist. Filling these roles will be the Quad City Symphony Youth Choir led by Mary Tallitsch in their Masterworks debut, as well as a women's choir led by Jon Hurty and comprised of members from Quad City Choral Arts, the Augustana Choir, the Handel Oratorio Society, the Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble, and the Pleasant Valley High School Women's Choir. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra will also be joined by Mezzo-Soprano Adriana Zabala. The concert will be performed on April 5 and 6. Saturday evening's concert is at the Adler Theatre in Davenport at 7:30 p.m., and followed on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at Centennial Hall in Rock Island. This concert is sponsored by Trissel Graham & Toole, a division of Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc.

The unique power and appeal of Gustav Mahler's music comes from many things, but chief among them is Mahler's ability to combine elements of common everyday life with the most sublime and transfigured personal statements. It is this remarkable contradiction that makes Mahler such an enigma and such a fascinating musical personality. His own personal strengths, weaknesses, and demons all found expression in his music and offer listeners extraordinary insight into the man, and also the universal human condition. For the Third Symphony Mahler envisioned capturing Nature in its totality in his music. This is Nature in a pantheistic sense, one that celebrates the emergence of summer out of winter and examines what one can learn from meadow flowers, from forest creatures, from the night, from angels, and from spiritual love. With these broad categories defined, Mahler set about composing six movements to explore each of these areas. Along the way the symphony's performing forces grew to encompass an expanded orchestra, solo alto voice, and both women's and children's choruses. Although he completed the symphony in 1896, the work waited until June 1902 to receive its first performance, a highly successful presentation in the German city of Krefeld with Mahler conducting. With the success of his Third Symphony, Mahler soon set out on a conducting tour, performing the Third as part of concert presentations in Heidelberg, Mannheim, Prague, Cologne, and Leipzig. Yet today, the Third is infrequently performed, chiefly because of its sizable production requirements.

On Friday, April 4, Music Director Mark Russell Smith will lead Inside the Music, this time at the Quad City Botanical Center in Rock Island at 12:00 noon. This luncheon is hosted by Volunteers for Symphony. Inside the Music is a great place to grab a bite to eat for lunch and get the inside scoop on the upcoming performances. This is also a great opportunity for music lovers throughout the Quad Cities to meet the guest artists in person. The luncheon is just $15 and reservations can be made at or by calling 563.322.QCSO (7276).

Also on Friday, students are invited to sit in on a dress rehearsal and get the inside perspective through Students@Symphony. During a break in the rehearsal, the students will have an opportunity to meet Mark Russell Smith, as well as mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala. This program is open to any secondary or elementary student and supervising adults. Students should arrive at 7:30 p.m. and pre-register online at

Smith and Zabala will also be available during Concert Conversations, held in the concert hall an hour before each of the weekend's concerts. At Concert Conversations the audience is given a quick overview of the program they are about to experience. This look into the background of the concert's repertoire is led by Kai Swanson and has become and audience favorite.

Finally, after the Saturday night performance, the entire audience is invited to mingle with the guest artists and many of the musicians of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in the lobby of the Hotel Blackhawk at Afterglow. The evening includes free hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, and always remarkable repartee.




Inside the Music Luncheon

Friday, April 4, at 12:00 noon

Reservations: $15

Contact: or 563.322.QCSO (7276)

Quad City Botanical Center, Rock Island



Friday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m.

Registration: FREE

Contact: or 563.322.QCSO (7276)

Adler Theatre, Davenport


Concert Conversations

Saturday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m.

Adler Theatre, Davenport

Sponsored by Rich James, Wells Fargo Financial Advisors


Masterworks VI

Saturday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $10-$55

Contact: or 563.322.QCSO (7276)

Adler Theatre, Davenport

Sponsored by Trissel Graham & Toole, a division of Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc.



Saturday, April 5, immediately following the concert

Hotel Blackhawk, adjacent to the Adler Theatre/RiverCenter


Concert Conversations

Sunday, April 6, at 1:00 p.m.

Centennial Hall, Rock Island

Sponsored by Rich James, Wells Fargo Financial Advisors


Masterworks VI

Sunday, April 6, at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets: $10-$40

Contact: or 563.322.QCSO (7276)

Centennial Hall, Rock Island

Sponsored by Trissel Graham & Toole, a division of Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc.



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