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Nova Singers Presents: Sun & Moon, Sea & Sky PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nova Singers   
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 11:01

Nova Singers, under the direction of Dr. Laura Lane, presents two performances of Sun & Moon, Sea & Sky, Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 pm, at First Lutheran Church, Galesburg, and Sunday, February 12 at 4:00pm, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport.

As different as night is from day, so are the selections for this thematic program.  The lush somorities of Eric Whitacre’s Nox Aurumque, the poignant sadness of Tormis’ Singing Aboard Ship, and the uplifting inspiration of Clausen’s In Pace make this a concert that should not be missed!  Additionally, Nova will bring to the audience Szeroka Woda, a set of Polish folk songs, arranged by Górecki, as well as the smooth, soothing sound of Cells Planets, arranged by Vince Peterson.

Artistic Director Dr. Laura Lane is very moved by the stories found in the music, saying, “There are so many powerful stories in this program. In Nox Aurumque, an angel is being forced to go to war and doesn’t think she can. In Singing Aboard Ship, women sing as they watch their husbands and sons being taken away to serve on a ship.”

Nova Singers will also be joined by local high school singers for our annual Project Sing! performances. The 2012 guests include students from the Macomb High School Concert Choir, directed by Melanie Butcher, performing in the Galesburg concert, and students from the Moline High School Concert Choir, directed by Ron May, performing in the Davenport concert.  Dr. Lane is excited to be working with high school students again.  “The Project Sing students are doing a fantastic job!  I believe this will be one of the best collaborations between high school students and Nova Singers that we’ve ever done.”

Nova Singers, a professional vocal ensemble under the direction of Dr. Laura Lane, delivers this singular program to feed your musical tastes.  Nova Singers is known for bringing a wide variety of choral music to its audiences, and for the beauty and charm the singers impart to their music.  Dr. Lane has been serving the greater Galesburg and Quad-Cities communities since 1986, bringing her passion for music and expressive singing to audiences and singers alike.

Tickets will be available at the door. Admission is $16 for adults and $12 for seniors. Students are admitted free of charge.  For information about group rates, tickets, recordings, or other Nova Singers events, call 309-341-7038, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Also, please take the opportunity to visit our Facebook page under the keywords ‘Nova Singers.


Sun & Moon, Sea & Sky is sponsored by the Riverboat Development Authority.  Nova Singers’ 2011-2012 season is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

My 2012 CD In The Mix PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Frank Drew   
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 10:47
Hi it's me, Frank Drew Jazz/Funk musician.  I just put out a CD called "In The Mix."  Check it out at  You can download a couple of songs,  leave feeback or become a fan.  Thank you and God bless.

Barbershop Quartet to Deliver Singing Valentines PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amos Glanz   
Monday, 23 January 2012 16:19
A barbershop quartet will deliver a Singing Valentine to your sweetheart on Valentine's Day.  Four singers dressed in tuxedos will serenade her or him, then present a single red rose and a photograph of this special Valentine.  It's truly a unique way to say, "I  love you" on Valentine's Day.

For more information and order form, call Valentine Central  563-340-8743, or visit and select "Order a Valentine".

Private Drum Lessons PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Josh Duffee   
Monday, 23 January 2012 08:48

I currently have openings in my private drum studio here in Davenport.  Both my wife (Crystal) and I teach out of our home privately during the week, and we're located behind Gilda's Club in Davenport off of River Drive.

I haven't sent an e-mail out like this in over two years because my schedule has been full, but now I have a few spots open for students looking for a private drum instructor.  Here's what I offer in my studio:

*Snare Drum Technique / Rudiments / Studies / Solos
*Mallet Technique / Scales / Studies / Solos
*Timpani Technique and Studies / Solos
*Auxillary Percussion Techniques
*Drumset Studies and Styles (Rock, Latin, Jazz, Brush Technique)
*Drumset Solos and Proper Techniques
*Play-a-long with music students bring to lessons or I have in my library
*All the above will involve reading, playing and writing actual music
*Basic knowledge of Music Theory

My rate is one of the best rates in the Quad Cities for private lessons.  Most monthly half-hour lessons go for $80 a month, but here is what I charge for a month:

(4) One-hour private lessons = $110 per month flat fee

The normal rate for hour lessons is $160 per month, so my rate is considerably less than the normal rate.  I can teach one or all of the above items during the lesson.  This will give the parents, students and teacher something to choose from for lesson options.  I'm able to meet with the student for a total of 4 hours a month, compared to 2 hours with 30 minute lessons a month.  The hour lessons have shown quicker development in the overall skills with each of my students.

Teaching and performing music is a passion of mine, and this shows through my students too with high ratings during solo contests, plus district and state honors for my students too.  The students pick up on my drive to perform and teach, and this motivates them to exceed any goal they have set for themselves musically. 

If you know any student or parent interested in starting percussion or drum lessons, please forward my information on to them.  I can be contacted through e-mail ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or phone ((563) 823-0174) the best.  The spots normally fill up fast when I send these e-mails out, so please inform whomever is interested to act quickly because spots are first-come first-serve.  If there are any questions, please call me so we can discuss them and get them answered right away.

Most Sincerely Yours,

Josh Duffee

EMMA’S REVOLUTION ~ CD RELEASE CONCERT in Cedar Rapids, IA on 2/12/12 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sue Pate   
Thursday, 19 January 2012 08:32
emma’s revolution will be performing a CD release concert on Sunday February 12, 2012 at 7pm at the Legion Arts, 1103 Third Street SECedar Rapids, IA 52401.Tickets are $12 in advance and $16 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Legion Arts or (319) 364-1580. For more information, email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The concert is suitable for all ages.

CD release concert for emma's revolution's latest recording, "Revolutions Per Minute". With RPMemma's revolution creates an electrifying soundscape 
of their characteristically "rousing and soulful" songs of social conscience, in settings from intimate acoustic to full-on funk.


emma’s revolution contact: Sue Pate, (207)



Smart, funny, informative -- like Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart with guitars. emma’s revolution is the, award-winning, activist musicians Pat Humphries & Sandy O. With hauntingly beautiful harmonies and powerful acoustic instrumentals that deliver the energy and strength of their convictions, emma's revolution creates new standards in the art and culture of social justice.

DOANE PERRY (drummer for Jethro Tull and
emma's revolution cdsroots, rock & revolution” & “RPM”): "I consider myself very fortunate to have had the great pleasure and 
honor of working with Pat and Sandy over the last few years. Their music is natural 
and organic and their innate artistic sensibility has the power to communicate 
with intelligence, wit, grace, subtlety and humor."

Their songs have been sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger and recorded by Holly Near. “Peace, Salaam, Shalom” is sung around the world and has been called the anthem of the anti-war movement. “If I Give Your Name” won Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the band's music has been featured on NPR's “All Things Considered” and Pacifica's “Democracy Now!”

RICH WARREN, Folk DJ (Midnight Special and Folk Stage): “…dynamic performance with a social conscience, they continue proving that great topical and protest music is very much alive.”

In the spirit of Emma Goldman's famous attribution, “If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution,” emma's revolution brings their uprising of truth, hope, groove and humor to concert halls and peace & justice events environmental, labor, human rights, LGBT and women's rights events. Touring over 200 days a year, emma’s revolution has performed at thousands of events throughout the US and abroad in Chile, Korea, Scotland, England, Israel/Palestine, Nicaragua and Cuba. emma’s revolution consistently delivers performances that are an uprising of hope and harmony so powerful audiences leap to their feet.

JOETTA, FAN: “Y’all put the 'move' in movement."

emma’s revolution has performed by invitation at the First Inaugural Peace Ball, World Culture Open in Seoul Korea, the Scottish Parliament's Festival of Politics, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, School of America's Watch Annual Vigils, Camp for Climate Action in Leeds England, UN World Environment Day, Rallies in Madison WI, Occupy DC as well as conferences, festivals, coffeehouses, schools/universities, churches, benefits and rallies around the world.

JACOB DEAN, ASSOC. PRODUCER, THE THOM HARTMANN SHOW: "I love the grass roots, organic message that emma's revolution delivers with each new album. It's truly a must listen for any activist today! You'll become an instant fan just like I did."

Listen to full song tracks at and see more performance highlights, quotes, and press at

Official Website:




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