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"Mi-Do-Ri" Composition Contest winners announced PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jared Johnson   
Thursday, 07 April 2011 13:28
The Quad City Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce the winners of the "Mi-Do-Ri" Young Composer Competition. The following pieces will be performed at the "Mi-Do-Ri" Composition Contest Performance on April 15 at 5 PM in the Adler Theatre:

Elementary Division

Maryrose Jagusah, "MJ's Composition"

High School Division
Genevieve Decker, "A Collection of Mythical Secrets"
Jesse Trujillo, "Dark Lullaby"

College Division
Joseph Carey, "hanamidori"
Michael Conrad, "Sonatina in C: Midori"
Andrew Krueger, "Mi-Do-Ri"

To celebrate the visit of world-renowned violinist Midori, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in conjunction with the St. Ambrose University Music Department hosted the "Mi-Do-Ri" Young Composer Competition. Young composers were invited to compose and submit a piece for solo violin or violin and piano using a central 3 note musical theme based on the name Midori. William Campbell, PhD., Assoc. Professor of Music Theory and Composition at St Ambrose, offered three separate workshops for composers to guide them through the composition process. Each workshop included opportunities to teach participants about the genre, musical form, and composition techniques.

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Luther Sesquicentennial Concert April 16; Choirs and orchestra to present world premiere of 'Luther Mass' by Stephen Paulus PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jerry Johnson   
Thursday, 07 April 2011 07:53
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DECORAH, Iowa— The internationally-renowned choirs and orchestra of Luther College will perform the world premiere of "Luther Mass" by Stephen Paulus Saturday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.

Conducted by Allen Hightower, Luther professor of music, the Luther Cathedral Choir, Collegiate Chorale, Nordic Choir and Symphony Orchestra will perform the world premiere of the newly commissioned mass in addition to Franz Joseph Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass."

For tickets, call the Luther College Box Office at (563) 387-1357 or visit the Luther College Box Office website, http://www.luther.edu/programming/boxoffice/.  Cost is $15 for adults and $8 for students, reserved seating.

Concert attendees are invited to a pre-concert lecture Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Mott Borlaug Room in Dahl Centennial Union.  James Griesheimer, Luther associate professor of music, will present comments on the "Lord Nelson Mass," and Paulus will be on hand to discuss the "Luther Mass."

The ensembles will also perform Sunday, April 17 at 4 p.m. at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.  For tickets, call the Orchestra Hall Box Office at (612) 371-5656 or 1-800-292-4141 or visit http://www.minnesotaorchestra.org/. Cost is $24 for adults and $17 for students, general admission seating.

Paulus has composed more than 400 works spanning all musical genres, including orchestra, opera, chorus, chamber ensemble, solo voice, concert band, piano and organ.

He co-founded the American Composers Forum in 1973 and continues to serve as the symphony and concert representative on the board of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

His music has been commissioned, recorded and performed by such varied performers as the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and numerous others.

Cathedral Choir is conducted by Sandra Peter, assistant professor of music, Collegiate Chorale is conducted by Timothy Peter, professor of music, Nordic Choir is conducted by Hightower and Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Daniel Baldwin, professor of music.

The performances are part of the Luther College Sesquicentennial.  Founded in 1861, Luther was first established by Norwegian immigrants in the United States.

The college will both reflect on its past and envision its future during its Sesquicentennial.  Events will commend the holistic nature of a Luther education and honor the college's Norwegian heritage, curriculum, music and arts, athletic and wellness programs, faith and worship, environmental stewardship, and service ethic.

The theme of the Sesquicentennial, "Transformed by the Journey," recalls the journeys

Luther College founders made from Norway, celebrates the value of a liberal arts education and the transformation of students during their Luther years, and recognizes the vocational journeys of Luther alumni.

The scripture passage selected for the Sesquicentennial is from Romans 12: "Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect."

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Brent Houzenga: Hybrid Pioneer Documentary to show in Quad Cities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Modern American Cinema   
Friday, 18 February 2011 11:28

(Des Moines, IA) – Modern American Cinema announces its latest full-length feature Brent Houzenga: Hybrid Pioneer will be screening at Bucktown Center of the Arts on Friday, February 25th, 2011 at 6PM.

The documentary chronicles the life, art and creative process of Des Moines visual artist and musician Brent Houzenga, who is known for his “do-it-yourself vintage punk” mixed media work.

“When I was first introduced to Brent’s art, I was blown away by his mixture of Americana and chaos,” Day said. “As I got to know him through the making of Hybrid Pioneer, I realized he was living the dream as a full-time artist – no day job, couch surfing, suffering for his art. Many people would scoff at this kind of ruthless dedication, so I became determined to make a film about a guy from Iowa who had put his career of creativity above everything else.”

Originally from Fulton, IL, Houzenga studied printmaking and graphic design at Western Illinois University before moving to Des Moines in 2006. Houzenga’s art has been featured in numerous group and solo shows on both the local and national levels, including the December 2009 Art Basel Miami Beach (Miami Beach, Fla.) and March 2010 “G40 – The Summit” (Crystal City, Va.) exhibitions.

Hybrid Pioneer is the first film in Modern American Cinema’s “Made in Iowa” documentary series. The ongoing series tells the stories of the innovative people, places and ideas that have influenced Iowa’s culture.

Modern American Cinema is an independent film production company based in Des Moines, Iowa. Founded in 2010, the company specializes in creating full-feature narratives and educational documentaries for international distribution.

 
King and Brandow perform fundraising concert on Mar 20th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Broadway Presbyterian Church   
Thursday, 17 February 2011 08:40

Charlie King and Karen Brandow, nationally known musical storytellers and political satirists from Massachusetts, will perform in a fund-raising concert at 6 pm March 20 at Broadway Presbyterian Church, 721 23rd Street, Rock Island.

The concert will raise money for the Centro Maya Project, to benefit children with disabilities and their families who live in four Mayan pueblos on the shores of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala; and the Oaks of Mamre Catholic Worker House, Davenport, which provides hospitality and meals for people in need of shelter.  Donations of $10 at the door, $8 in advance are requested.  Call Vince or Marg Thomas at 309 786 6944 for more information, and mail requests for tickets to 1000 21st St., Rock Island IL 61201 (or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Charlie King and Karen Brandow have just released a new CD called The Distance Remaining.

Their repertoire covers a century and a half and four continents. They perform with the sweet and precise harmonies of life partners. They sing and write passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. “Two voices that complement each other beautifully & instrumentation that is spare, acoustic & just right” Victory Music Review.

Their central vision as entertainers is to leave audiences with a sense of optimism and possibility about the future. “We try to cover a broad emotional landscape in our concerts. The stories we collect and the songs we write take the listener on a journey of humor, heartache and hope. What we most value in a song is the way it helps us see an old reality in a totally new light.”

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Augustana College Symphonic Band to perform in Italy PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 February 2011 15:42

ROCK ISLAND, IL (02/08/2011)(readMedia)-- The Augustana College Symphonic Band will travel to Italy to perform four concerts in mid-February. The nine-day tour includes stops in Venice, Florence, Pisa and Rome, in addition to other cities. The concerts will feature both American and Italian music and will be performed for a variety of audiences, ranging from townspeople to college students. This is the first time the Symphonic Band has traveled to Italy to perform.

Grace Drenth is a sophomore from Davenport, IA majoring in psychology.

Luther Hughes is a first year from Silvis, IL majoring in liberal studies.

Gaetano Iaccarino is a junior from Davenport, IA majoring in music general and anthropology.

Audrey Taylor is a senior from Moline, IL majoring in teaching biology.

Anne VanSpeybroeck is a sophomore from Rock Island, IL majoring in liberal studies.

Jennifer Youngs is a junior from Taylor Ridge, IL majoring in psychology.

"We hope that through this cultural sharing of our common love of music that our students will be able to interact and touch the lives of Italians," said Dr. James Lambrecht, director of the Symphonic Band. "This kind of experience enables our students to learn firsthand about Italy, its people, culture,and history-one of the richest in Western Civilization."

The Augustana Symphonic Band will play in a variety of venues; one that is particularly interesting will be the concert in Lucca, a city enclosed by walls in the Tuscany region. The 80-member band will perform at the Auditorium San Romano in Lucca, which used to be the main church home of Napoleon's sister. The elevated box where she attended mass is still standing. Lucca also is the birthplace of the famous Italian opera composer Giacomo Puccini. In honor of their host city's history, the band members will perform an arrangement of melodies taken from Giacomo Puccini's final opera, Turandot. This will include the most famous aria"Nessun Dorma," most notably performed by the world-renowned tenor Luciano Pavarotti.

The Symphonic Band will wrap up its tour with a home concert in Centennial Hall at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 12. Admission is free.

 
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