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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.

 
GUITAR CONCERT FOR HUNGER RELIEF PDF Print E-mail
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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, www.peterfletcher.com.  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 www.central.edu or by calling 877-462-3687.

 
Skynny SKYNYRD At The REDSTONE ROOM Saturday October 15th. 9PM PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 03 October 2011 13:19
During the '70s, Lynyrd Skynyrd pushed southern rock into the mainstream. Embracing the term "redneck" as a badge of honor, the band not only sang nostalgically about times past but also subtly incorporated its social and political viewpoints, especially when it came to the unjust exploitation of the working man. For over thirty years, Lynyrd Skynyrd's music has been celebrated by a variety of fans, ranging from youngsters picking up a guitar for the first time and belting out the first riff of "Sweet Home Alabama" to famous musicians like Kid Rock and Travis Tritt.

"Nuthin Fancy: A Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd" meticulously replicates the stage performance of Lynryd Skynyrd, mastering every detail from the original band's clothing to its ripping piano and guitar solos. Each member of Nuthin Fancy has at least twenty years of musical experience, which has assisted them in collectively developing a sense of professionalism and unity unparalleled by other cover bands. "They sound so much like the real Skynyrd," commented one observer, "that I have to keep reminding myself they're not the real thing."

SKYNNY SKYNYRD is the best, most authentic Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band playing today. But don't take our word for it; Ronnie Van Zant's best friend, Gene Odom of the original Lynyrd Skynyrd band, shares this opinion.  Gene Odom says, "Skynny Skynyrd Is THE BEST SKYNYRD SHOW he's seen and heard!"   Wow!   That statement blew us away, too.   Gene went down with the Freebird Plane in 1977 & has written three books about the band.  So, that was one heck of a compliment!

SKYNNY SKYNYRD performs all of Lynyrd Skynyrd's hits: Sweet Home Alabama, Gimme Three Steps, What's Your Name, Call Me The Breeze and Ronnie Van Zant’s timeless classic that changed a generation and a nation forever, Freebird. The list goes on and on…Lynyrd Skynyrd's music has never been more popular and will never go out of style; SKYNNY SKYNYRD is a stunning re- creation of Lynyrd Skynyrd in both music and showmanship.

Lynyrd Skynyrd's music appeals to audiences of all ages: kids, parents, and grandparents can come together and enjoy the music that made southern and classic rock what it is today. The music of Lynyrd Skynyrd has always been mainstream and that will never change. That's why Lynyrd Skynyrd's music has been featured in over a thousand TV commercials, TV movies, major motion pictures and corporate ads all over the world. SKYNNY SKYNYRD delivers and energetic hit packed show that satisfies everyone's appetite for his or her favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd song and personality.
And SKYNNY SLYNYRD will be performing that show at the River Music Experience's REDSTONE ROOM on Saturday October 15th.Doors open at 8pm and the Show starts at 9PM.  Like I said, this is a Show The Entire Family Could Enjoy Together.   A Rock N' Roll 101 Class of some of America's Greatest Songs performed just like Skynyrd did it in 1977.    Classic Skynyrd T-Shirts & CDS will be on sale at this show too!   Tickets are just $5 bucks.   A Bargain!

 
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.

 
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