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Local students perform with Augustana Music Programs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keri Rursch   
Friday, 24 February 2012 14:26

ROCK ISLAND, IL (02/20/2012)(readMedia)-- The Augustana Symphonic Band began its spring 2012 tour of the Pacific Coast on Friday, Feb. 17, stopping at two locations in Illinois before continuing to California, Oregon and Washington. To conclude the tour, the band will perform a home concert on Saturday, March 10, at 8 p.m. in Centennial Hall (3703 7th Ave.) on Augustana's campus.

Among the students peforming:

Grace Drenth, a junior from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in psychology.

Jen Youngs, a senior from Taylor Ridge, Ill., majoring in psychology and political science.

For this tour, director Dr. James Lambrecht has devised a program worthy of a band so grounded in history. The college's first ensemble was the Silver Cornet Band in 1874. This band enlisted as a unit in the U.S. Army during World War I, and mounted its first Augustana student ensemble international tour in 1928. Over the years, the Silver Cornet Band transformed into the Augustana Concert Band and the Augustana Symphonic Band, the college's premier touring band ensemble.

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Students performed in Augustana College Four Choirs Concert

ROCK ISLAND, IL (02/20/2012)(readMedia)-- Cantilena Augustana, Wennerberg Men's Chorus, Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble and the Ascension Singers were the four choirs that came together to perform one concert on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Augustana College.

The choirs include:

• Cantelina Augustana, directed by Sonja Hurty, adjunct professor of music, includes female students from all classes and majors who sing for pleasure.

• Wennerberg Men's Chorus, directed by Howard Eckdahl, fellowship instructor of music, consists of male students who sing for enjoyment and have an enhanced appreciation of choral music.

• Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble, directed by Dr. Michael Zemek, assistant professor of music, is a select ensemble for women who want to develop advanced choral skills.

• Dr. Zemek also directs the Ascension Singers, a group made up of singers from both Cantelina Augustana and Wennerberg's Men Chorus.

According to Dr. Zemek, the Four Choirs Concert was an opportunity for students to share what they had been studying and preparing throughout the term with their families and the community.

From your area this includes:

Hannah Barney, a Junior student from Bettendorf, Iowa, majoring in Business Administration-Marketing/Communication Studies.

Christine Harb, a First Year student from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in Undecided.

Samantha Kammerman, a First Year student from Milan, Ill., majoring in Undecided.

Megan Keller, a Senior student from Taylor Ridge, Ill., majoring in Communication Studies.

Elizabeth Kuster, a Sophomore student from Bettendorf, Iowa, majoring in Creative Writing.

Samantha McGreer, a First Year student from Illinois City, Ill., majoring in Undecided.

Ingrid Schneider, a First Year student from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in Undecided.

Samantha McGreer, a First Year student from Illinois City, Ill., majoring in Undecided.

Elyzia Powers, a First Year student from Silvis, Ill., majoring in Undecided.

Anthony TouVelle, a First Year student from Bettendorf, Iowa, majoring in Undecided.

Ben Knapper, a First Year student from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in Undecided.

Jacob McManus, a First Year student from Reynolds, Ill., majoring in Undecided.

Adam Bengfort, a First Year student from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in Undecided.

Guy Iaccarino, a Senior student from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in Music General and Anthropology.

Steven Ray Trent, a Sophomore student from Eldridge, Iowa, majoring in Geology.

Manisha Kumar, a Junior student from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in Biology/Pre-Medicine.

"At the concert, a wide variety of styles and time periods of choral music were shared, including global world music," said Dr. Zemek. "It's this variety of music and the inclusion of different types of choirs that made th Four Choirs Concerts unique and enjoyable to attend."


ROCK ISLAND, IL (02/20/2012)(readMedia)-- After a two-week concert tour in Germany and Austria, the Augustana Choir will return to the Quad Cities for a home concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 9, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 Brady Street, Davenport. Under the direction of Dr. Jon Hurty, the choir will present an a cappella choir concert, with works ranging from a Gregorian chant to a Haitian Nöel. The concert is open to the public, free of charge.

Among the students performing:

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.

The concert at St. Paul is the culmination of a 10-performance tour that intertwined "Alpha & Omega" works with four performances of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, as part of a festival to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this masterwork.

The "Alpha & Omega" concert program is divided into four sections. The first group is based on the triune God-Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer-and begins with American composer Howard Hanson's A Prayer of the Middle Ages. The second group of works is based on texts that deal with the Book of Revelation, including American composer and arranger Stacey Gibbs' Lord, If I Got My Ticket. In the third group, various cultures come to life through music, including a traditional Haitian folk song, Noél Ayisyen. The final group includes songs from the folk and hymm traditions, closing with Children of the Heavenly Father, a piece that has become a regular part of the Augustana Choir's tour programs.

Augustana College is known throughout the United States for the excellence of its choral tradition. The 70-member Augustana Choir is the school's premier choral ensemble. Founded in 1931, the Augustana Choir has performed internationally and in some of the United States' finest musical venues, including New York City's Carnegie Hall and the Chicago Symphony Center's Orchestra Hall.

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 nearly 90 majors and related areas of study. Augustana employs 287 faculty members and has a student-faculty ratio of approximately 11:1. Augustana continues to do what it has always done: challenge and prepare students for lives of leadership and services in our complex, ever-changing world.

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Written by Candace Avery   
Friday, 24 February 2012 09:58
Nashville, TN, USA - February 22, 2012 - The newly launched Unsigned Only Music Competition, from the team behind the International Songwriting Competition, is fast approaching its March 5 deadline for artists to enter. Designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major record label, Unsigned Only's goal is to find an outstanding, talented performing artist: a band, singer, or solo artist...a newcomer or veteran...raw or polished - the "gem" that needs to be discovered. Unsigned Only is looking for the total package. Judging criteria includes vocals, performance, songwriting, and originality.

Completely separate and distinct from ISC, Unsigned Only is a fresh and novel approach to other music competitions. Not only does it offer great prizes, recognition, exposure, and the chance to be heard by a group of judges consisting of high-profile recording artists and industry professionals, but it also takes it a step further and puts the Grand Prize winner in direct, personal contact with the influential record label executives who are the ultimate decision makers. For the first time ever, a music competition offers the Grand Prize winner the unprecedented opportunity to be mentored by a group of record company presidents, A&R reps, and more. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for an artist to directly network with the top echelon of record company professionals and get guidance, advice, feedback, and networking opportunities.

The founders of Unsigned Only, Jim Morgan and Candace Avery, talk about the new venture: "We are pleased to introduce a new music competition of this caliber to artists throughout the world. Having worked with a wide variety of artists over many years, we know that what artists want most is access to record label professionals. However, it is virtually impossible for most up-and-coming artists to have direct access to this elite and elusive group of decision makers. So, Unsigned Only is offering the unprecedented opportunity for the Grand Prize winner to network with and be mentored by a prestigious group of record label executives. This has never been done before, and we are excited about the possibilities it affords the Unsigned Only winner."

The judging panel is comprised of an impressive group of recording artists, producers, and top-level music journalists. They include: Cyndi Lauper; Kenny Rogers; Angie Stone; 3 Doors Down; Jeremy Camp; Manchester Orchestra; Craig Morgan; Robert Smith (The Cure); Kelly Clarkson; Musiq Soulchild; Aaron Shust; Steve Lillywhite (Producer); G. Love; Matt and Kim; St. Vincent; The Mountain Goats; Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); Scott Lapatine (Founder/Editor-In-Chief, Stereogum) and Lorraine Ali (Pop Music Editor, Los Angeles Times).

The panel of mentors who have signed on to participate is equally impressive. Included are: Monte Lipman (President of Universal Republic); Pete Ganbarg (Executive Vice President/Head of A&R, Atlantic Records); David Wolter (Senior VP of A&R, RCA Records); Kim Stephens (President, Forward Entertainment and A&R/Capitol Music Group); Trevor Jerideau (VP of A&R, RCA Records); David Wilkes (VP of A&R, eOne Music); Pete Giberga (Head of A&R, Razor & Tie Records) and Jason Geter (President, Grand Hustle Records).

The Grand Prize Winner will be awarded $5,000 in cash (plus additional prizes) and one-on-one mentoring by an elite group of record company executives. First Place and Second Place winners will also be selected in each category. Entries are being accepted now until March 5, 2012.  Winners will be announced in July, 2012. Categories include: AAA (Adult Album Alternative), AC (Adult Contemporary), Christian Music, Country, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Pop/Top 40, and Vocal Performance.

All entries must be original music except for the Vocal Performance category which accepts original or cover songs. Judging criteria in the Vocal Performance category will be based solely on the quality of the vocals, thereby allowing singers who do not write their own songs the opportunity to enter.

For entry and general information, please go to

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Written by Jeff Ashcraft   
Thursday, 23 February 2012 16:40

Davenport, Iowa – February 20, 2012 – Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Quad Cities announced today the debut of its new station 101.3 KISS FM, effective Monday, Feb. 20, at 5:00 a.m. 101.3 KISS FM will bring nationally syndicated programs like Elvis Duran and the Morning Show and On Air with Ryan Seacrest to the Quad Cities as well as local on-air host, Todd Alan.

The debut of 101.3 KISS FM demonstrates Clear Channel Quad Cities’ commitment to providing quality programming to its local listeners. Elvis Duran and the Morning Show is the most-listened-to Top 40 morning show in the U.S. and consistently ranks No. 1 across multiple demographics and top markets. Broadcasting live from New York's Z100, Duran and his on-air crew entertain listeners with up-to-the-minute entertainment and pop culture news, celebrity guests, hit songs and regular features such as the gossipy “The Sleaze,” the fashion-forward “Rage Page” and the popular prank “Phone Taps.” Elvis Duran and the Morning Show will broadcast on 101.3 KISS FM during the morning drive Monday through Fridays and Saturdays.

On Air with Ryan Seacrest, broadcasts from Hollywood, Ca. and focuses on all aspects of the entertainment industry. Throughout the show, Seacrest interviews and highlights top talent from the worlds of music, film and television. On Air with Ryan Seacrest will broadcast on 101.3 KISS FM weekdays during mid-days.

Todd Alan, the Quad Cities’ own local on-air talent, will host the afternoon drive time Monday through Saturday. He has a passion to connect with listeners in person and online and his new show will feature a daily Facebook request hour called Facebook/iHeart Radio 5 at 5. Alan is a Quad Cities radio veteran and has been hosting the afternoon drive on sister station, Mix 96, for more than three years. He is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University with a degree in radio, television and film.

“We strive to bring the best programming to our local listeners and we are thrilled to bring the new 101.3 KISS FM to the Quad Cities,” said Jeff Ashcraft, Vice President and Market Manager, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Eastern Iowa. “With on-air talent like Ryan Seacrest and locally Todd Alan, we think the area is ready for this kind of KISS.”

“Playing your hits - is our focus.”; said Jim O’Hara, Operations Manager, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Quad Cities. “The heart of this station is our listeners and we plan to bring them the hits they want to hear. It’s an exciting time in Quad City area radio and we are proud to introduce the new 101.3 KISS FM to the market.”

101.3 KISS FM’s programming line-up will feature:
§ On Air with Ryan Seacrest from mid-days Monday through Friday.
§ Todd Alan afternoon drive Monday through Saturday.
§ Billy the Kid evenings Monday through Friday.
§ Jo Jo Wright and Sisanie overnights.
§ American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest – weekends
§ Coming Soon: Elvis Duran and the Morning Show mornings Monday through Friday
and Saturdays.

About Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Davenport:
Clear Channel Quad Cities owns and operates WLLR-FM; KUUL 101.3; Q106.5; KMXG 96.1; WOC 1420; Fox Sports Radio WFXN and is part of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. With 238 million monthly listeners in the U.S., Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment serves 150 cities through 850 owned radio stations. The company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM stations, HD digital radio channels, Sirius/XM satellite, on the Internet at and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile application on iPads and smartphones, and used via navigation systems from TomTom, Garmin and others. The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online and mobile services and products, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment is a division of CC Media Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: CCMO), a leading global media and entertainment company. More information on the company can be found at, and


Jeff Ashcraft

War Requiem: An International Musical Experience Comes to the Quad-Cities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark McLaughlin   
Friday, 17 February 2012 15:44
IA/IL QUAD-CITIES – “It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness and of pain: of strength and freedom.” That compelling quote comes from Benjamin Britten, the creator of War Requiem, an epic work that addresses the grim reality of war through stirring, beautiful music.
“War Requiem is a large-scale, non-liturgical setting of the Requiem Mass,” said Jared Johnson, Marketing Director of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO). “It was composed in 1961 and is a timeless masterpiece that holds great social significance in any era. This powerful work will put hundreds of performers on stage including our orchestra, several college choirs, the Minnestota BoyChoir, and even a secondary chamber orchestra from Detmold, Germany.”
The War Requiem will be presented 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3 at the Adler Theatre, Davenport, IA, and again 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at Centennial Hall, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL.
The QCSO, the University of Minnesota School of Music, and the Hochschüle für Musik in Detmold, Germany, under the leadership of QCSO Music Director Mark Russell Smith, have embarked on an international collaboration to perform Britten’s War Requiem. This thought-provoking work combines a setting of the Requiem Mass with nine poems by Wilfred Owen, an English poet and World War I soldier.

The War Requiem was written for the 1962 consecration of the newly reconstructed Coventry Cathedral, in Coventry, England, rebuilt after its destruction by the German Air Force during World War II.

A Musical Work of Epic Scale
“The War Requiem is scored for soprano, tenor and baritone soloists, chorus, boys’ choir, organ, a full orchestra and a chamber orchestra,” said Johnson. To present the work in its full glory, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra production will include the talents of the following individuals and groups:
Mark Russell Smith, Conductor
Caroline Thomas, Soprano
John De Haan, Tenor
Philip Zawisza, Baritone
Chamber Orchestra from Hochschule fur Musik in Detmold, Germany
Karl-Heinz Bloemeke, Chamber Orchestra Conductor
The Minnesota Boychoir
Mark Johnson, Boychoir Conductor
The University of Minnesota Chorale
Kathy Romey, Director
Macalester College Concerti Choir
Matthew Mehaffey, Director
Augustana College Choir
Jon Hurty, Director
Quad City Choral Arts
Jon Hurty, Director
A Life Dedicated to Music
Britten (1913 -1976) was an English composer, conductor, and pianist, as well as a central figure of 20th century British classical music. His first major accomplishment was the 1934 a cappella choral work, A Boy Was Born. Britten gained international fame when his opera, Peter Grimes, premiered in 1945. Other operas by Britten include The Rape of Lucretia, Albert Herring, The Beggar’s Opera, Billy Budd, Gloriana, The Turn of the Screw, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Death in Venice, among others.
War Requiem will be performed in Germany in mid-February and at the University of Minnesota on March 1. The Norwegian Nobel Institute will hold its 23rd annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minnesota from March 1 to 3 to coincide with the University of Minnesota performance. War Requiem will conclude its historic run here in the Quad Cities on March 3 and 4.
For ticket information, call the Quad City Symphony Orchestra Box Office at 563-322-QCSO (7276) or visit Members of the military and their families are eligible for free War Requiem tickets through the USO of Illinois.
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Britten Peace Project: Quad Cities
Inspired by War Requiem, organizations throughout the Quad-Cities have announced projects designed to elucidate the experience, expand upon the context of the War Requiem, and connect the tragic experiences of the 20th century to our own ongoing global conflicts. Britten Peace Project: Quad Cities is sponsored by the Riverboat Development Authority.

In addition to the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s performances of War Requiem, March 3-4, current and forthcoming Britten Peace Project: Quad Cities events include:
Through Friday, February 24:
The German American Heritage Center, Davenport, IA, is presenting “The White Rose,” an exhibit which explores one of Germany’s most famous civilian resistance groups, formed by university students in Munich in the early 1940s.
6:30 p.m. Friday, February 24:
The Quad City Symphony Orchestra will present War Requiem, a film by Derek Jarman, at the Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA.
2 to 4 p.m., Every Sunday in February:
The CommUniversity program, held at St. Ambrose University, will feature Britten's War Requiem: Music with History, Poetry, and More. Four Augustana faculty members will help you to fully appreciate the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s performance of War Requiem.
Saturday, February 25, to Sunday, April 15:
The Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA, will host the War & Remembrance Art Exhibit, featuring the Erwin Eisch Kristallnacht prints.
March is Red Cross Month:
Nationwide, the American Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year, providing shelter, food, emotional support and more to those affected. All organizations participating in the Britten Peace Project will be accepting donations on behalf of the American Red Cross of the Quad Cities Area.
5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1:
At the Hotel Blackhawk, Davenport, the Inside the Music program will feature George Eaton, Army Sustainment Command Historian, describing the British trench experience in World War I and its influence on the poetry of Wilfred Owens.
5:30 p.m. Friday, March 2:
This lecture event will be held in the Caisson Room, Building 60, down the hall from the Rock Island Arsenal Museum. The lecture, British Trench Experience in World War I as Context for the Poetry of Wilfred Owen, will be presented by George Eaton, Arsenal Sustainment Command Historian. The Rock Island Arsenal Island Museum will be open until 5:30 p.m.
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3:
Ballet Quad Cities will present From the Pages of a Young Girl’s Life: The Story of Anne Frank at the Holzworth Performing Arts Center, Davenport North High School. The music for this ballet is made up of a variety of selections by Jewish composers.
6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3:
During Concert Conversations at the Adler Theatre, Davenport, IA, host Kai Swanson will talk with Mark Russell Smith, QCSO Music Director.
1 p.m. Sunday, March 4:
During Concert Conversations at the Centennial Hall, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, host Kai Swanson will talk with Mark Russell Smith, QCSO Music Director.
Saturday, March 31, to Monday, May 28:
The Putnam Museum, Davenport, IA, will feature the exhibit, Anne Frank: A History for Today. This powerful exhibit, which includes photographs of the Frank family and other occupants of the Secret Annex, addresses such themes as anti-Semitism, racism, ethnic cleansing, and genocide. As part of the project, the Jewish Federation will host a visit by Holocaust survivor, Eva Geiringer Schloss.
Sunday, April 8, through Tuesday, May 8:
The Rock Island Downtown Public Library will feature Children of the Holocaust by Barbara Powers.
4 p.m. Sunday, April 15:
The Putnam Museum's Giant Screen Theater in Davenport, IA, will show The Rescuers, a film by Michael King.
7 p.m. Sunday, April 22:
Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, is a day for remembering and learning about the horrors of the Holocaust. As part of this remembrance, the Tri-City Jewish Center will feature guest speaker Agnes Schwartz, Holocaust survivor.
7 p.m. Monday, April 23:
In Wallenberg Hall, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, the Geifman Endowment in Holocaust Studies will present a lecture by Holocaust survivor Agnes Schwartz.
4 p.m. Sunday, May 6:
The Putnam Museum's Giant Screen Theater in Davenport, IA, will feature Nicky's Family, a film by Matej Minac.
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The Quad City Wind Ensemble Concert PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Patrick Driscoll   
Friday, 17 February 2012 15:21
The Quad City Wind Ensemble, celebrating its 26th concert season, will be holding its Winter Concert on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 2363 W. 3rd St. in Davenport, Iowa. The concert will feature Dr. Joan Trapp, playing Mozart's Piano Concerto in C Major, K. 503. Also featured will be Katherine Dalin, mezzo-soprano, singing Bizet's "Habanera" from the opera, Carmen.

Conducted by Brian L. Hughes, the Quad City Wind Ensemble will also perform works by Frank Ticheli, Derek Bourgeois, Richard Strauss, John Philip Sousa and more.

Chicago based Mezzo-Soprano, Katherine Dalin is an active performer throughout the greater Chicagoland and southeast Wisconsin area. She is a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. In addition to performing, during the day Ms. Dalin has the pleasure of being the Executive Director for Elgin Opera. She is honored to be making her Quad City debut with the Quad City Wind Ensemble.

Dr. Joan Trapp, an Iowa native, has been on the faculty of St. Ambrose University for 38 years. She received her MMus from Northwestern University and her DMA from the University of Iowa. In addition to her teaching, she performs regularly in the bi-state region. She has played with the Serenata Trio, the Classique Quintette, Quad City Visiting Artists, the Quad City Mozart Festival, the Quad City Friends of Chamber Music, and Ballet Quad Cities. Dr. Trapp enjoys performing with her colleagues at St. Ambrose, especially as part of the SanTrapp four-hand piano team. She has been soloist in concerto performances with the Quad City Wind Ensemble, the St. Ambrose Symphonic Band, the St. Ambrose Community Symphony Orchestra, and for the 35th anniversary gala of the Friends of Chamber Music.

Admission for the concert is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (65+) and FREE for students up through 12th grade. There will be a reception with members of the ensemble and free refreshments following the concert. For additional information about the QC Wind Ensemble you can visit our website at


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