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Area Schools Participate in Augustana Choral Ensembles PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keri Rursch   
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 14:51

ROCK ISLAND, IL (10/25/2011)(readMedia)-- Augustana College choral ensembles' work with local and regional high school choirs culminate in two separate concerts this week. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

From your area this includes:

Kaleigh Wall, a Junior from Eldridge, Ill., majoring in Art.

Lauren Reid, a Senior from Sherrard, Ill., majoring in Business Administration- Marketing/Communication Studies.

Rickey Rector, a Junior from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

On Thursday, October 27, at 7 p.m., the Treble Choir Outreach Concert will feature Augustana's Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble and the UT Singers of United Township High School. The concert will be held in Ascension Chapel (639 38th St.) on the Augustana campus.

United Township High School Choral Director Juliet Minard, a 1998 alumna of Augustana, is excited to bring her women's group to the college and share this experience with the Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble and director Dr. Michael Zemek. The two choirs will work together during the afternoon with both directors, preparing two joint choir selections for the evening concert.

Dr. Zemek believes both ensembles "have something to learn from one listening to one another and ultimately performing together, we hope to grow and expand our understanding of how choral music can be used to bring people together in meaningful ways." He sees this as a great opportunity for members of the Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble to model not only treble singing but also the value of singing in a choral ensemble. He hopes the United Township students leave "challenged and inspired to higher levels of musicianship and the desire to continue singing beyond high school."

On Friday, October 28, at 8 p.m., the Augustana Choir Fall Honors Choir Concert will feature the Augustana Choir under the direction of Dr. Jon Hurty, in addition to the Plainfield North High School Concert Choir and Lake Zurich High School Concert Choir. The concert will be held in Centennial Hall (3703 7th Ave.). The two high school choirs will spend the day working on choral music and technique with Dr. Hurty and Dr. Zemek as well as rehearsing with the Augustana Choir.

The evening concert will offer a diverse and eclectic program of choral music. The selection "In Remembrance," to be sung by the combined choirs, was programmed in memory of the 9/11 tragedy and its 10th anniversary this fall. The Augustana Choir will include an improvisation as part of its program-an offering that has become signature to the group. Hurty is "excited about trying this new format of combined performance and outreach" and looks forward to working with these top high school choirs from the region.

2nd annual Peace Concert on Oct. 30 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sister Sallyann McCarthy   
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 13:32

2nd annual Peace Concert in Clinton on Sunday, October 30th


Gratitude, source of peace, is the theme for this year’s ecumenical Peace Concert at Zion Lutheran Church, 439-3rd Ave. So., Clinton, on Sunday afternoon, October 30, beginning at 3 pm.

“As we approach the Thanksgiving season, we pause to give thanks for all that is and we receive peace in return,” said Clinton Franciscan Sister Mary Smith, co-chair of the annual concert  sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis and Zion Lutheran Church. The concert is free and open to the public.

Ruth Blom, Associate in Ministry for Word and Service at Zion and co-chair of the Peace Concert, announced that six area congregations will be participating in this year’s concert which will feature voice and bell choirs from three different churches.

Participating choirs include Zion Lutheran, St. Paul Lutheran and Faith Lutheran of Andover in addition to singers from Prince of Peace Catholic, Unity Center and the Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton.

A special feature of the 2nd annual concert will be a solo organ performance by David Gaulrapp, organist at First United Presbyterian church, Clinton, and retired Coordinator of Instrumental and Vocal Music for the Clinton, Iowa Public Schools and Director of Bands for Clinton Senior High School.  He has also played organ recitals in Innsbruck and Vienna, Austria as well as in many area churches.

The massed choir will be directed by Dr. Michael Zemek, Assistant Professor of choral music education at Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill., where he conducts the Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble and Ascension Singers, teaches music methods and conducting courses, supervises music education students, and advises the collegiate MENC and ACDA chapters. He came to Augustana after eight years of teaching choral music in Minnesota and Iowa. In addition to his responsibilities at Augustana, Dr. Zemek conducts the high school Youth Choir at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa.

Dr. Zemek received the Doctor of Education degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal, Instrumental, and Classroom Music Education, summa cum laude, from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota, and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota.

The massed choir will be featured singing “Jubilate Deo,” “Peace I Give to You” and “The Lord is Beautiful.”  The concert will also involve the audience in singing “This Is My Song,” “Come, All You People” and “Beautiful Savior.”

Promoting peace through music is not new. Song has been part of the history of change in human society from earliest time.

“Music has been part of the everyday life and struggle of people worldwide,” said Janice Cebula OSF, president of the Clinton Franciscans. “It is a form of power that knows no boundaries. It has motivated individuals and nations to work together for change, freedom, equality. Music and song are often the first signs of growing community support in response to repression. And it is nonviolent.”

“The unity generated by our community concert is a prime reason for our effort in presenting the annual concert,” said Rev. Jennifer Henry, pastor of Zion Lutheran.

The sponsors chose October 30th for the concert because it is falls just after the international celebration of the “Spirit of Assisi” and at the beginning of the national celebration of Thanksgiving.

The “Spirit of Assisi” was the expression coined by the late Pope John Paul II to describe the October 27, 1986, gathering of leaders of all the world’s religions in Assisi, Italy, home of St. Francis and St. Clare, which he convened.  According to observers, it served to unify those diverse leaders, calling all to community: a hallmark of the teaching of the 13th century Saint Francis known also for his love of music.

“Francis was not only a preacher, he was a poet,” noted Cebula. “He wrote not only prayers that were poems, some of the first to be written in the vernacular Italian, but he composed melodies to go with them. “One of his most famous compositions is ‘The Canticle of Creation.’  He recognized the power of music, poetry and drama to teach and inspire and his message was always peace. He is referred to as ‘The Troubadour of God.’”

“The goal of the concert is to inspire, connect, and promote peace in the world through gratitude and music,” explained Ruth Blom.  “Together we can make a difference! We are delighted that so many choirs and individual singers are planning to take part in this celebration of peace through music.”

Besides Blom, Pastor Henry and Sister Smith, the event planning committee includes Clinton Franciscan Sisters Marilyn Shea and Hilary Mullany and Sallyann McCarthy and Laura Anderson, co-coordinators of the Clinton Franciscan Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking.

For details, call Sisters of St. Francis, 563-242-7611 or visit    ###

Calder Quartet performs this Saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jared Johnson   
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 12:51

The Signature Series, a collection of small acoustic ensembles performing in diverse halls around the Quad Cities begins this weekend with the Calder Quartet. This group from Los Angeles, brought to the Quad Cities as part of the Quad City Arts Visiting Artist Series, performs in the Grand Lobby of the Putnam Museum Saturday at 8 PM. The Calder Quartet performs a unique array of repertoire including traditional quartet music, as well as that from innovative, modern composers and emerging musicians across genres.


Tickets for the concerts are just $18, and if you buy all three Signature Series concerts you can save 15%. January 21 will feature the Lyrebird Ensemble at the Figge Art Museum and May 19 will feature the driving rhythms of composer Marc Mellits at the River Music Experience. The first thing you'll do after each concert in is tweet: "That was the best music I've heard in a long time."


To read more about the Calder Quartet, click here. Or see them playing Mozart's 'Dissonance' Quartet and other videos by clicking here.


I see a concert in your future...


The 2011-12 Masterworks season continues on November 5th and 6th with Poems on Fate: a collection of symphonic poems all dealing with the question of why we do what we do. This concert brings together four sonic essays: Verdi's Overture to the La Forza del Destino, Brahms' choral Song of Destiny, and Strauss' glorious Death and Transfiguration, and Liszt's well-known meditation Les Preludes, portraying all of life as a well-orchestrated prelude to that which comes after.


Tickets for Masterworks II may be purchased at 800.745.3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets, or by clicking here. A portion of the proceeds from this concert benefits community health and the charity care needs of our neighbors through the Genesis Health System.


Holiday Pops featuring Todd Eldredge


Ice skating returns to the Holiday Pops as Olympic ice skater Todd Eldredge, couples skating team Andy and Lindsey Seitz, and the Figure Skating Club of the Quad Cities join the Quad City Symphony Orchestra for this year's Holiday Pops! Guest conductor Michael Butterman, a favorite with the Holiday Pops audience, also returns to lead this star-studded spectacular. Holiday Pops is on November 19 at 7:30 PM and kicks off Quad City Arts' Festival of Trees, along with the Festival of Trees Parade and the Lighting of the Commons. This concert is sponsored by John Deere.


Conductor Michael Butterman and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra will also be joined on stage by actor John Getz, known for his roles in such films as the Social Network and Zodiac, and jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis. Both John Getz and Jon Faddis are brought to the Quad Cities by Quad City Arts. And of course the Holiday Pops concert would not be complete without the hundreds of voices from the Sanctuary Choir of First Presbyterian Church, Davenport, and the Holiday Pops Children's Chorus.


Tickets are on sale now at the i wireless Center box office, at 800.745.3000, or online at Tables along the ice are $45 per seat, with tiered pricing in the arena ranging from $15 to $35. Seniors and children can save $2 per ticket and groups of 15 or more can save even more by calling the i wireless Center group sales department at 309.277.1356.

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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