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Students perform in Augustana College's Lessons and Carols PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keri Rursch   
Monday, 19 December 2011 15:03

ROCK ISLAND, IL (12/13/2011)(readMedia)-- Augustana College, in Rock Island, Ill., will present the beautiful, traditional Christmas service Lessons and Carols on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Ascension Chapel inside Founders Hall (820 38th St.). This free, public event involves many students and honors Christ's birth through songs and Scripture readings.

The Lessons and Carols service is split between nine "lessons" - biblical passages that chronologically lead to Jesus' birth - and carols performed by the student groups and the audience.

Among the students performing:

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

Angie Cummins, a Junior from Rock Island, Ill., majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders/Psychology.

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

The Handbell Choir, which is open to all Augustana students, will perform prelude music for the service and accompany the singing of Silent Night. The Handbell Choir is directed by Larry Peterson, campus ministries' director of music.

The Chamber Singers is a highly selective choral ensemble, which performs under the direction of Dr. Jon Hurty, professor in music and director of choral activities. They will perform an assortment of traditional and lesser known Christmas hymns, including a few with audience participation. One selection will be performed by the Augustana Men's Chamber Ensemble, under the direction of student director Cameron Carrara.

 
New QC Music School Now Open PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QC Rock Academy   
Thursday, 15 December 2011 08:54

The Quad City’s newest music school is now open and accepting new students for guitar, drums, bass, piano and vocal lessons.

Call 563-386-3044 or visit us at QCRockAcademy.com

 
Youth Choirs to Join Nova Singers’ Christmas Concerts PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nova Singers   
Monday, 12 December 2011 15:57

On December 16th and 17th, youth choirs will once again join Nova Singers in celebrating the holiday season.  On Friday the 16th in Davenport at St. Paul Lutheran Church, the guest choir is the Sudlow Select Choir, under the direction of Kim Knoche.  On Saturday the 17th in Galesburg at First Lutheran Church, Nova will be joined by the Churchill Singing Streaks, directed by Paula Helle.  Each choir will perform their own set of music before combining with the Nova Singers for three beloved Christmas carols.  Both performances begin at 7:30pm.

Tickets will be available at the door. Admission is $16 for adults and $12 for seniors. Students are admitted free of charge. Nova Singers season tickets will still be available through this performance. Season ticket holders receive four concerts for the price of three. 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.’

 

A Nova Christmas is sponsored by Miller Dredge Insurance and the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend.  Nova Singers’ 2011-2012 season is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

 
WESTBROOK SINGERS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL ON WQPT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lora Adams   
Monday, 12 December 2011 14:10

MOLINE, ILLINOIS – WQPT, Quad Cities PBS will air a holiday special Monday, December 5th at 7:00 pm featuring local gospel singers The Westbrook Singers.  The concert is the first in a series of programs supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council that will highlight Illinois artists.  The program will also air on December 8 at 9 pm and Christmas Day at 2:30 pm.

 

“Earlier this year the Illinois Arts Council called to offer WQPT the opportunity to create a television series that focused on artists who work out of the State of Illinois. We had been hoping to create a series like this for some time, but this grant made the dream possible,” said WQPT General Manager, Rick Best.

 

The series titled “Artists in Profile” is set to begin airing in early 2012 and will include three specials. The first one “A Westbrook Singers Christmas” and a second Westbrook gospel concert scheduled for March along with a concert by the Bucktown Revue. In addition there will be 10 half hour programs. “So far we have interviewed 10 artists of every kind and taped the three specials” said WQPT producer, Lora Adams.  “Our idea was to talk about how artists are inspired and educated,” Adams said adding “WQPT had been trying for several years to find the funding to capture the remarkable voices of the Westbrook Singers and now we have.” The Westbrook Singers website calls them “An extraordinary group - brother & sisters - dedicated to the spread of Gospel music in a style that is both contemporary and traditional.”

 

All of the concerts were taped over a three day period at Fusion Communications.  “We were so fortunate to have had Capri College come in and provide hair and make-up services to the casts and to Foster Family Music who lent us a really gorgeous piano,” said Adams.  Lighting for the concerts was designed by Butch Bos and Jeff Lyle and audio recording was done by Lars Rehnberg. Camera operators were Adam Less, Cody Lambert, Todd Steffens, Chris Ryder and Mike Lambert.  “We hope people will tune in and enjoy the concert” said Best.

 

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, Illinois.

 

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Nova Singers Presents: A Nova Christmas PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nova Singers   
Monday, 12 December 2011 13:44
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Top row: Laura Lane, Keri Bass, Erika Thomas, Curtis Fischer-Oelschlaeger  Bottom row: Joel Kolander

Nova Singers, under the direction of Dr. Laura Lane, presents two performances of A Nova Christmas, Friday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, IA, and Saturday, December 17 at 7:30 pm, at First Lutheran Church, Galesburg.

Nova Singers’ most popular concert of the year is just around the corner!  This year’s program features songs on our newly recorded Christmas CD, including  Lauridsen’s captivating O Magnum Mysterium and Moses Hogan’s thrilling Glory, Glory, Glory to the Newborn King. We also have several new pieces that will take your breath away, such as Kesselman’s arrangement of In the Bleak Midwinter and Stanford Scriven’s Christ the Appletree.  These concerts also feature the world premiere of Daniel Godsil’s newest Christmas arrangement, Choral Meditation on “Once in Royal David’s City.” And it wouldn’t be A Nova Christmas without an audience sing-along!

A major highlight at these concerts is the release of Nova Singers’ newest Christmas CD.  Artistic Director Laura Lane says, “I'm thrilled with our new Christmas CD, Mystery and Light, and can't wait for people to hear it.  I am very proud of the 7 CDs that Nova Singers has professionally recorded, and this eighth one is every bit as good.  In terms of the quality of sound, the expressiveness of the singing and the variety and beauty of the songs themselves, this may be our best one yet!”

Nova Singers, a professional vocal ensemble under the direction of Dr. Laura Lane, hopes to share our musical holiday spirit with you.  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. Nova Singers season tickets will still be available through this performance. Season ticket holders receive four concerts for the price of three. 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.

 

A Nova Christmas is sponsored by Miller Dredge Insurance and the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend.  Nova Singers’ 2011-2012 season is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

 
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