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Bettendorf Native in U.S. Marine Band - At Fort McHenry for National Anthem Bicentennial PDF Print E-mail
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Written by SSgt Rachel E. Ghadiali   
Friday, 12 September 2014 08:18

Bettendorf native Master Gunnery Sgt. Elizabeth Matera will be participating in the National Anthem Bicentennial ("Star-Spangled Spectacular") this Saturday, Sept. 13 at Fort McHenry in Baltimore with "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band. She is a clarinetist for the band and graduated in 1984 from Bettendorf High School.

Marine Band to Perform at 200th Anniversary of National Anthem Event

Performance to take place at Fort McHenry, Md.

WASHINGTON - On Sept. 13, 2014, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band will perform at Fort McHenry in Baltimore as part of the Star-Spangled Spectacular, a celebration of the National Anthem’s 200th anniversary.

In commemoration of the anthem’s bicentennial, the Marine Band will perform at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 13, to pay homage to Francis Scott Key and those who fought for freedom two centuries ago.

“We are honored to have been invited to perform during the Star-Spangled Spectacular in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the poem that would eventually become our national anthem,” said Marine Band Director Lt. Col. Jason K. Fettig. “Although the Marine Band was not present during the legendary battle at Fort McHenry when Francis Scott Key penned his famous poem in 1814, the organization was already 16 years old and very active in nearby Washington, D.C.”

The program will feature patriotic selections spanning the past two centuries of American music as well as a performance in collaboration with recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks and the Morgan State University Choir from Baltimore. The concert will culminate with a grand finale honoring the national anthem and a spectacular fireworks show.

“Our country’s unique musical history will be on full display for this special and historic occasion,” Fettig said. “It’s an opportunity for us to come together as a nation to honor the birth of a cornerstone in our American musical heritage and a work that, 200 years later, still so eloquently celebrates the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

The performance will air on local PBS stations and Maryland Public Television from Fort McHenry beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

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Nova Singers Announces 29th Season PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nova Singers   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 16:13

Nova Singers, led by award-winning conductor Dr. Laura L. Lane, is celebrating its 29th season of bringing the finest choral music to audiences in Galesburg and the Quad Cities.  This season includes some wonderful extras, in addition to the superb 20-voice ensemble that the region has come to know and love.  Nova opens the season on October 25th and 26th with Stories in Song, a fun program that explores choral works that tell stories.  Look for Eric Whitacre’s playful Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine, Dinerstein’s emotionally powerful When David Heard, a thrilling Bollywood tune, and a song from the hit movie Frozen!  At A Nova Christmas in December, join the many families who have made celebrating the holidays with Nova Singers their annual tradition!  We’ll sing new jazz arrangements of some of your favorite Christmas carols, an African carol with drums, and Kevin Memley’s incomparable O Magnum Mysterium.  In February’s Journeys & Transformations, Nova presents the world premiere of a new work based on Carl Sandburg’s poetry by famed composer Abbie Betinis. Enjoy this thematic program that will take surprising journeys and explore different kinds of transformation, from Vaughan Williams’ extraordinary Three Shakespeare Songs, to Rautavaara’s dark and intense Suite de Lorca, to the pure joy of Talbot’s Santiago. The season concludes in April with Lullabies & Folksongs; harpist, Erin Freund, joins us for gorgeous harmonies of Brahms and the nostalgia and charm of familiar English and American folksongs.  You will also love Conrad Susa’s Carols and Lullabies featuring harp, guitar and marimba.


The full schedule of performances is as follows:

Stories in Song

Saturday, October 25, 7:30 p.m., Kresge Hall, Knox College, Galesburg
Sunday, October 26, 4:00 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport

A Nova Christmas
Friday, December 19, 7:30 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport
Saturday, December 20, 7:30 p.m., First Lutheran Church, Galesburg

Journeys & Transformations
Saturday, February 14, 7:30 p.m., Kresge Hall, Knox College, Galesburg
Sunday, February 15, 4:00 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport

Lullabies & Folksongs, featuring Erin Freund, harp

Saturday, April 18, 7:30 p.m., Kresge Hall, Knox College, Galesburg

Sunday, April 19, 4:00 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport

SEASON TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW - $60 for adults, $50 for seniors.


Subscribers to Nova's 2014-2015 Season receive four concerts at an excellent discount.


Individual concert tickets available at the door.  Adults $18, Seniors (65+) $15, Students Free.

Nova Singers, a professional vocal ensemble under the direction of Dr. Laura Lane, hope to share this fantastic listening experience with you.  Nova Singers is known for bringing a wide variety of choral music to its audiences, and for the spirit and charm the singers impart to their music.  Dr. Lane has been serving the greater Galesburg and Quad-Cities communities for over twenty-five years, bringing her passion for music and expressive singing to audiences and singers alike.

For more information, call Nova Singers at 309-341-7038 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Information is also available at  Nova Singers’ 29th season is partially sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council and the Quad City Arts.

'TCM Presents: Gone With the Wind' Back in Select Cinemas for Two Days Celebrating the Film's 75th Anniversary PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Fathom Events   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 09:55
It’s beyond question, now that “Gone With the Wind” is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its release, that movie fans everywhere still do give a damn about one of the landmark films of Hollywood’s original Golden Age. So Fathom Events, along with Warner Bros.
Home Entertainment and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), is honored to bring the 10-time Oscar®-winning film back to cinemas – its initial home – for four screenings on two days. “TCM Presents: Gone With the Wind” will be exhibited, in its original 1:37 aspect ratio, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 28 and Wednesday, October 1.  In addition to the classic film, which starred Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara, Clark Gable as Rhett Butler, Olivia De Havilland as Melanie Hamilton, Leslie Howard as Ashley Wilkes and Oscar®-winner Hattie McDaniel, “TCM Presents: Gone With the Wind” will include a specially produced introduction by  TCM host and film historian Robert Osborne.
“TCM Presents: Gone With the Wind” will be shown at the following cinemas in your area on September 28 and October 1:
Cinemark Davenport 18 with IMAX 3601 E 53Rd St Davenport IA 52807
Tickets are available now at participating theater box offices and online at

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society Presents Stormcellar PDF Print E-mail
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Written by M V B S   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 09:09

Thursday, September 11, 2014 -- 7:00 p.m. at The Muddy Waters

This Thursday, September 11, The Mississippi Valley Blues Society presents Stormcellar at The Muddy Waters, 1708 State Street, Bettendorf, IA. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $5 per person.

Stormcellar, from Sydney, is one of the top alternate music acts in Australia. This six-piece band, described as a mix of Urban Roots, Electric Blues, Modern Folk and Alt Country, is coming through Bettendorf in the middle of their second US tour.

Built on the bones of a straightforward lineup of bass, slide, guitar, drums and harp, Stormcellar should fit neatly into a typical band category. Add a mandolin, a singer with the range and power to travel from Gospel to Southern Rock, throw in the occasional fiddle, a bit of Folk, complex arrangements and lyrics that do more than just rhyme, and you have a very interesting beast: an original band indeed.

Americana bible No Depression magazine says “Stormcellar - The Rolling Stones fronted by James Taylor - a powerhouse songwriting act with a formidable live show. Straight up.” They have been on the Australian Blues & Roots Charts for 22 months and have two #1 albums, along with positioning themselves in the top 50 on US National Blues Charts.

This event is being presented by The Mississippi Valley Blues Society. The objective of the Society is to educate the general public about the native art form of blues-related music through performance, interpretation and preservation, thus enhancing appreciation and understanding.

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Sing & Play & Learn Today! at West Music QC Accepting Fall 2014 Registration PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Goerdt   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 09:08

Moline, IL - September 5, 2014 – Sing & Play & Learn Today!, West Music's own early childhood music and movement program is excited to kick off their Fall 2014 classes in September. The program is accepting registrations for all classes and will continue to accept new students as space allows after classes begin. Sing & Play & Learn Today! classes are held at West Music Quad Cities at 4305 44th Avenue in Moline, Illinois.

Sing & Play & Learn Today! offers a fun, engaging curriculum that explores instrument playing, singing, moving, and so much more. All classes are age and developmentally appropriate and are taught by enthusiastic and experienced early childhood educators. Curriculum materials include child-friendly instruments and materials.

A variety of classes and class times are available for Fall 2014 including

  • Sing, Play, Grow! for babies ages 3-15 months

  • Sing, Play, Move! for toddlers ages 16 months - 3.5 years

  • Sing, Play, Drum! for preschoolers ages 3.5-6 years

For more information about class times and instructors or to register, please visit

About Sing & Play & Learn Today!

Sing & Play & Learn Today! is West Music’s own early childhood music and movement program! Designed for ages 3 months - 6 years and using activities created by our own educators and other nationally recognized authors, Sing & Play & Learn Today! helps your child experience the amazing musical and non-musical life skills outcomes of early childhood music and movement! For more information regarding Sing & Play & Learn Today!, please visit

About West Music Company

Founded in 1941, West Music continues to fulfill its mission of creating musical communities by providing knowledge, products, and services people need to experience the power of making music! West Music specializes in pianos, guitars, drums and percussion, band and orchestra instruments, and print music as well as offers music instruction, repair and music therapy services. West Music has eight retail locations in Iowa and western Illinois including two new locations with their recent merger with Kephart’s Music Center. For more information, visit West Music’s website at or call 1-800-373-2000.

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