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Taking Flight at the Figge art Museum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jared Johnson   
Monday, 16 January 2012 15:33

What could be better on a cold mid-winter night than a heart-warming evening of music and art at the Figge? The Quad City Symphony Orchestra is proud to present the Lyrebird Ensemble in conjunction with the "Fins and Feathers" exhibit at the Figge Art Museum. The Lyrebird Ensemble is a collaboration between QCSO Flute Ellen Huntington and QCSO Principal Harp Lillian Lau. Come to hear the gorgeous combination of sounds in a program of rarely-performed works ranging from charming to virtuosic. This second concert of the Signature Series is in the Figge Art Museum at 8 PM on Saturday, January 21, at 8 PM.

The Lyrebird Ensemble, based in Chicago, was formed in 2006 when flutist Ellen Huntington and harpist Lillian Lau began collaborating as members of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. They are dedicated to performing lesser known repertoire written specifically for flute and harp from the late eighteenth century to the present day. Their debut recording, "Taking Flight,” introduces a unique program of virtuosic compositions from the modern era.

The Lyrebird Ensemble will be performing for the opening of the "Fins and Feathers: Children's Book Illustrations from the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art," a temporary exhibit at the Figge Art Museum that showcases original children's book illustrations from the late 1960s through today. Included are works by Leo Lionni (Fish is Fish), Petra Mathers (Lottie's New Beach Towel), and Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar). The performance will be in the midst of the exhibit and attendees are invited to browse the art before the show and during intermission. "Fins and Feathers" runs through April 22, 2012.

Tickets for this concert can be purchased at, 800.745.3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets. Dinner reservations should be made directly through the Outing Club at 563.324.5284.

Red Cedar Chamber Music Performs at Brucemore PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Friday, 13 January 2012 09:43

Red Cedar Chamber Music and Brucemore are partnering for Home Sweet Home, a nostalgic evening of music in the warmth of Brucemore’s Great Hall on February 24 and 25 at 8:00 p.m. The intimate wintertime concert features poignant Stephen Foster melodies, 19th-century American popular music, and light classics from the salons of Europe, including arias from Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute. Red Cedar Chamber Music’s flutist Jan Boland and guitarist John Dowdall will be joined by Lisa Ponton, Principal Viola of Orchestra Iowa and violist of the Orchestra Iowa String Quartet. A champagne and dessert reception will be held during intermission. Tickets are $35 per person or $30 per Brucemore member. Space is limited; please call (319) 362-7375 to purchase tickets.

The Home Sweet Home concert provides a natural partnership between two local cultural organizations—nineteenth-century chamber music in a nineteenth century parlor. As artists in residence at Brucemore in 1983, Jan Boland and John Dowdall began performing nineteenth century music on period instruments—an 1830 wooden flute and an 1830 gut-strung guitar. Currently celebrating its fifteenth season, Red Cedar Chamber Music continually strives to reach, challenge, and expand audiences that rarely have the opportunity to attend chamber music performances. Red Cedar Chamber musicians inform and entertain audiences, engaging them with lively commentary about the music, composers, and instruments. Their first recording, Czech Chamber Music, received a Critics' Choice award from the American Record Guide, which stated, "Chamber music should be just like this—intimate, bonding, and conversational." The artists will be performing Serenade, Op. 26 by Wenceslaus Matiegka from Czech Chamber Music for the first time since it was released by Fleur de Son Classics in 1998. Red Cedar Chamber Music returned home to Brucemore in 2009 and 2011. For more information about Red Cedar Chamber Music or other Home Sweet Home performances visit or call (319) 377-8028.

Brucemore, Iowa’s only National Trust Historic Site, is located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The 26-acre park-like estate in the heart of Cedar Rapids boasts a Queen Anne style mansion built between 1884 and 1886. Brucemore has been home to three prominent families who used the estate as a center for culture and the arts. The estate continues to be a hub for cultural, philanthropic, and educational activities. Each year thousands of visitors attend specialty tours, concerts, fine arts performances, children’s programs, holiday celebrations, preservation events, and garden workshops on the estate. For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit



Stephen Swanson, Baritone, in recital Jan 29, 4pm at Congregational Church, Iowa City PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ethel Bloesch   
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 13:06






IOWA CITY – SUNDAYS AT FOUR, a free community arts series, will present a recital by Stephen Swanson, baritone, with Casey Rafn, piano, on January 29 at 4pm, at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 30 N. Clinton Street in Iowa City.

The program is a recreation of the concert that Swanson, a University of Iowa voice professor, sang as his senior recital 45 years ago.  It includes a wide range of arias and songs from the Baroque era to the 20th century.  Swanson joined the UI faculty in 1994 after an extensive operatic career in Europe.

For more information on the SUNDAYS AT FOUR series, call 319-337-4301 or visit the church’s website at  The Congregational United Church of Christ is located at 30 N. Clinton Street, across from the University of Iowa Pentacrest.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Romantic Quad City Symphony Orchestra Events PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark McLaughlin   
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 15:38
Quad City Symphony Orchestra Event:
Día del Amor/Valentine’s Day

A Concert in the Masterworks Series

7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 11, 2012
Adler Theatre
136 E. 3rd St.
Davenport, IA 52801
2 p.m., Sunday, February 12, 2012
Centennial Hall
3703 7th Ave.
Rock Island, IL 61201
Join Guest Conductor Alondra de la Parra and renowned guitarist Robert Belinic for a dazzling, romantic array of orchestral works, including:
Scheherazade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov:
A symphonic suite composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in the days of Imperial Russia, Scheherazade is based on One Thousand and One Nights, also known as The Arabian Nights. This compelling classic combines thrilling orchestration with exotic legends of the East.
Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo:
Joaquín Rodrigo, one of the finest Spanish composers of the twentieth century, wrote the Concierto de Aranjuez for classical guitar and orchestra. This beautiful composition was inspired by the gardens at Palacio Real de Aranjuez, the residence of the King of Spain.
Boléro by Maurice Ravel:
Boléro, a one-movement orchestral piece by Maurice Ravel, was originally composed as a ballet, commissioned by ballerina Ida Rubinstein. The piece is Ravel's most famous composition. An excerpt of Boléro is featured in the 1980 movie 10, and that romantic musical interlude significantly increased sales of recordings of the work.

For tickets, call the Quad City Symphony Orchestra Box Office at 563-322-QCSO (7276) or visit .
Quad City Symphony Orchestra Event:
Valentine's Day Gala
5 p.m., Saturday, February 11, 2012
Hotel Blackhawk
200 E. 3rd St.
Davenport, IA 52801
Black tie optional
In honor of the Día del Amor/Valentine’s Day concert, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra will host a Valentine’s Day Gala in the beautiful Hotel Blackhawk in downtown Davenport.

The evening begins at 5 p.m. In the luxurious Gold Room, you can enjoy hosted beer and wine, delicious appetizers, and the opening of the silent auction. At 6 p.m., you will be treated to a Latin-infused gourmet dinner accompanied by live flute and harp.
At 7:30 p.m., stroll to the nearby Adler Theatre for the Día del Amor/Valentine’s Day Concert. Listen and enjoy as the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor Alondra de la Parra perform romantic favorites, including Scheherezade, Boléro, and the Concierto de Aranjuez with renowned guitarist Robert Belinic.
At 9 p.m., dance the night away to the sweet music of the Candymakers. You can also partake of delectable desserts, and celebrate the conclusion of the silent auction.
Silent auction items include an all-expense-paid Mexican vacation, an authentic Italian dinner for 10 prepared by Quad City Symphony Orchestra Music Director Mark Russell Smith, and a $5,000 diamond pendant, courtesy of Holland Jewelers.

To take part in this elegant evening of music and romance, call the Quad City Symphony Orchestra Box Office at 563-322-QCSO (7276) or visit
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Tate Music Group Artist The Westbrook Singers Performance PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laurie Tomlinson   
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 09:33
Tate Music Group Artist The Westbrook Singers Performance

WHEN: 1-14-12

TIME: 6 p.m.

WHERE: Augustana College, 639 38th St., Rock Island, IL

WHAT: The Westbrook Singers will be performing songs from their album, The Westbrook Singers LIVE.

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