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CHER'S RESCHEDULED DATES OF D2K TOUR ANNOUNCED PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephani Nagle   
Monday, 06 October 2014 10:14

Includes a rescheduled January 19, 2015 iWireless Center Show

October 3, 2014... For immediate release. New York City.     The one and only Cher, whose phenomenally successful 'Dressed to Kill' Tour was postponed for several weeks due to the star's recent illness, has now confirmed the newly rescheduled dates which are as follows:

MARKET                         VENUE                          DATE

Richmond, VA                   Richmond Coliseum                         November 21, 2014

Albany, NY                       Times Union Center                        December 4, 2014

Hartford, CT                       XL Center                         December 13, 2014

Manchester, NH                 Verizon Wireless Arena                   January 5, 2015

Boston, MA                        TD Garden                         January 7, 2015

State College, PA               Bryce Jordan Center                        January 9, 2015

Grand Rapids, MI              Van Andel Arena                          January 11, 2015

Toronto, ON                       Air Canada Centre                         January 13, 2015

Ft Wayne, IN                      War Memorial Coliseum                  January 15, 2015

Green Bay, WI                   Resch Center                         January 17, 2015

Moline, IL                            iWireless Center                         January 19, 2015

Chicago, IL                         United Center                         January 21, 2015

Cincinnati, OH                    US Bank Arena                          January 23, 2015

Sioux Falls, SD                    Denny Sanford Center                     January 25, 2015

Omaha, NE                          CenturyLink Center                          January 27, 2015

Wichita, KS                          INTRUST Bank Arena                    January 29, 2015

Fargo, ND                            Fargodome                      February 4, 2015

Tickets purchased for original or rescheduled dates will be honored for these latest newly rescheduled dates. Fans that are unable to attend the new date can obtain a refund at point of purchase.

The Grammy, Oscar and Emmy winning star  is on the mend and already in  rehearsals  to continue her stunning extravaganza which began last March in Phoenix and played for 49 shows across the US.  The D2K Tour has received some of the greatest reviews of the legendary star's career.

This second leg will include a totally new wardrobe which was created in collaboration with long time designer Bob Mackie and according to Cher is "more incredible than ever".  Cher's current CD "Dressed to Kill debuted at No. 3 on Billboard's Pop Charts and includes the No. 1 dance hit "Woman's World".

The complete Cher Dressed To Kill Tour dates follow this release.. For further information, check in with CHER.COM.

 
The Christian Event of the Fall PDF Print E-mail
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Written by New Anthem   
Friday, 03 October 2014 13:04

Jeremy Camp and Kutless The Come Alive Tour With Special Guest Adam Cappa 7:00 PM Wednesday, October 8th Adler Theater 136 East 3rd Street Downtown Davenport, Iowa This event is brought to us by Echo Ministries.

He is unapologetic about his faith, and his passion resonates through his worship songs and ballads that energize the entire audience to be reckless in their walk with God.

Since the release of his debut album Stay in 2002, BEC Recordings Jeremy Camp has had an outstanding career with 32 No.1 radio hits across all formats, four RIAA Gold-selling studio albums, five Dove Awards, a GRAMMY® nominated project and many more accolades.

Reckless is Camp’s latest full-length record featuring the single and title track “Reckless.” Camp is excited to share what God has been doing in his life on this new album. New and old fans alike will find Reckless to be as heart-felt and passionate as ever.

Tickets are on sale now!

* Tickets ($40, $30, $20)

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Adler Theatre Box Office:
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Davenport, Iowa 52801
Phone 563-326-8555
The Adler Theatre Box Office operates Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. 
The Box Office is closed on weekends and evenings, unless it is an event day where hours will vary.

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· Moline, IL: Walmart, 3930 - 44th Avenue Dr. 
· Silvis, IL: HY-Vee, 2001 5th St.

 
“Masterworks I: Into a New World” Presents Powerful Musical Selections Now Starring American Master Pianist André Watts PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark McLaughlin   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 12:58
IA/IL QUAD-CITIES – This weekend, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra begins its 100th Season with Masterworks I: Into a New World, now starring celebrated American Master pianist André Watts. Watts has graciously agreed to take the stage in place of Garrick Ohlsson, who will not be able to perform due to health reasons.  

Masterworks I: Into a New World will be held 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Adler Theatre, Davenport, IA, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 5 at Centennial Hall, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL. QCSO Music Director and Conductor Mark Russell Smith will lead the orchestra. In addition to the performance by Watts, the evening will include a world premiere composition by John Frantzen entitled “Beyond a Wild Dream,” as well as Antonín Dvořák’s New World Symphony.

“We choose the pieces for the first Masterworks performance of our 100th Season to be powerful, energetic and exhilarating,” said Smith. “This will be a performance that audience members will remember for years to come.” 

Watts comes to the QCSO fresh from his stunning performance at the Houston Symphony to perform Rachmaninoff’s deeply romantic Piano Concerto No. 2. 

About André Watts and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2

A much-honored artist who has played before royalty in Europe and heads of government worldwide, André Watts received a 2011 National Medal of Arts, given by the President of the United States to individuals who are deserving of special recognition for their outstanding contributions to the excellent, growth, support and availability of the arts.

In June 2006, he was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl of Fame to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his debut (with the Philadelphia Orchestra) and he is also the recipient of the 1988 Avery Fisher Prize. At age 26, Watts was the youngest person ever to receive an Honorary Doctorate from Yale University and he has since received numerous honors from highly respected schools, including the University of Pennsylvania, Brandeis University, the Juilliard School of Music and his Alma Mater, the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University.

Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is a powerful, passionate work that music lovers will be sure to enjoy. Enduringly popular since its 1901 debut, the concerto’s themes have found fame in such movies as Brief Encounter, The Seven Year Itch and the popular song, “All by Myself.”

Frantzen’s “Beyond a Wild Dream” – An Energetic World Premiere

According to QCSO Executive Director Benjamin Loeb, the 2014-2015 Masterworks series will present the world premieres of five compositions. Masterworks I: Into a New World will offer the first premiere: “Beyond a Wild Dream” by John Frantzen, who grew up in Maquoketa, Iowa. “We are proud to be able to present a colorful, energetic composition by Frantzen,” said Loeb. “Creators of symphonic music can come from any part of the globe – and they can be local, too. In addition to Frantzen, we also work with composers who are instructors at Augustana College and St. Ambrose University.” 

John Frantzen now lives in Los Angeles, where he writes music in all genres including concert, chamber, dance, sound installations and film. He has collaborated with artists from around the world, including a recent sound installation created for his sister Rose Frantzen’s art exhibit at Davenport’s Figge Museum. 

“In writing ‘Beyond a Wild Dream’ for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra,” Frantzen said, “I did some research to see what it would have been like to attend the very first symphony performance in the Quad-Cities – or Tri-Cities, as it was called 100 years ago. That performance included passionate works by Tchaikovsky and Wagner, among others. At that time, it was a wild dream to start an orchestra in the Tri-Cities, but still, citizens felt the need to support the arts in the community, no matter how big or small. My composition pays homage to that noble spirit.”

Frantzen’s musical career began when he was a student in Maquoketa, playing trombone for the school bands. During those years, he placed second in a national song-writing competition. “I loved being part of the band,” he said, “and realized I had a passion to create. That made me want to become a composer.” He received a full scholarship to Arizona State University as a trombonist and later completed a masters in composition at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. This development led to the successful career he is having today.

Dvořák’s “From the New World” – Inspired by a Trip to America

The final piece of the evening comes from composer Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904), a citizen of what is now the Czech Republic. He was noted for his skill in turning folk material into the language of 19th-century Romantic music. In 1892, he accepted the post of Director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York.

During his three years in the United States, Dvořák traveled as far west as Iowa. His trip to America proved to be inspiring and productive. It led him to create the piece that widely became regarded as his signature work: the four-movement Symphony No. 9 in E Minor “From the New World,” also known as “The New World Symphony.” 

“We chose the New World Symphony because it is one of the most beloved pieces in the QCSO repertoire,” said Loeb. “It is a lively, colorful composition that has been very popular with our patrons in the past, and its great energy makes it a perfect companion for the other musical selections.” 

Quad City Symphony Orchestra tickets are available at the QCSO box office at 327 Brady St., Davenport, IA. You can also call the QCSO at (563) 322-7276 or visit www.qcso.org. For more information on future offerings from QCSO, be sure to download the full 100th Season brochure at www.qcso.org/calendar.html.

 
Major Songwriting Competition Deadline Extended PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Morgan   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:05
MAJOR RECORD LABEL PRESIDENTS AND CEOs JOIN RECORDING SUPERSTARS TO JUDGE THE 2014 INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION (ISC)

Sarah McLachlan, John Hiatt, Tom Waits, Pat Metheny, Sara Evans, Jon Secada, Bastille, Avicii, Wayne Shorter, Casting Crowns And Many More Join ISC's Judging Panel

Deadline To Enter Extended Until November 4, 2014

September 29, 2014 - The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is now in its extended deadline period, and the deadline for entering songs is November 4, 2014. ISC is open to amateur and professional songwriters, and entries are accepted online through the ISC platform and Sonicbids or through the mail. In addition, ISC will be offering some special promotions and incentives through the end of the year.

This year, ISC has expanded on the participation of music industry executives, offering the opportunity for artists to have their music heard by the highest level of decision-makers in the music business. Judges include Presidents and CEOs from Republic, Atlantic, Warner Bros., Elektra, Columbia UK, Virgin UK, Sony Music Latin, Mercury UK, Wind-Up, Tommy Boy, Alligator, Blind Pig, Fat Possum, Robins Entertainment, S-Curve, and Concord Music Group. Coupled with additional high-profile industry executives and an notable group of recording artists, many of whom are currently dominating the charts - ISC offers the opportunity for artists to have their music heard by the most impressive and elite panel of judges yet.

ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes (shared among the 68 winners) including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and $30,000 in prizes. Open to both amateur and professional songwriters, ISC offers 22 categories to enter, representing all genres of popular music. Past winners have included Grammy winners, chart-topping artists, amateur songwriters, and everyone in between, including Bastille; Gotye; Lindsey Stirling; Kimbra; The Band Perry; Andrew Bird; Passenger; Gin Wigmore; Missy Higgins; King Charles; and many more.

2014 ISC judges include:

Recording Artists

Tom Waits; Sarah McLachlan; American Authors; Pat Metheny; Sara Evans; Bastille; Casting Crowns; Avicii; Wayne Shorter; John Hiatt; Bela Fleck; Keane; DJ Snake; Robben Ford; Natasha Bedingfield; Danilo Perez; Kenny Wayne Shepherd; Martina McBride; Newsboys; Jon Secada; The Chainsmokers; Jason Isbell; Femi Kuti; Afro Celt Sound System; London Grammar; Michael W. Smith; Craig Morgan; Gerald Casale (Devo); Jean-Luc Ponty; James Cotton; Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes); Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); Matt Thiessen (Relient K); Chayanne; J. Holiday; and more to be announced...

Industry Executives

Monte Lipman (Founder and Chairman/CEO, Republic Records); Craig Kallman (Chairman/CEO, Atlantic Records); Dan McCarroll (President, Warner Bros. Records); Jeff Castelaz (President, Elektra Records); Alison Donald (Co-President, Columbia Records UK); Ted Cockle (President, Virgin Records UK); Mike Smith (President, Mercury Records UK); Nir Seroussi (President, Sony Music Latin); Ed Vetri (President, Wind-Up Records); Rosie Lopez (President, Tommy Boy Entertainment); Glen Barros (President, Concord Music Group); Rex Rideout (VP of A&R, Motown Records); Jay Landers (Executive VP of A&R, Verve Music Group); Bryan Stewart (VP of A&R, Curb Records); Jason McArthur (VP of A&R, Provident Label Group / Sony Music Entertainment); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Angel Carrasco (Sr. VP A&R, Latin America, Sony); Keith Naftaly (Executive VP of A&R, RCA Records); Steve Lillywhite (Producer); Joseph Burney (VP of A&R, RCA Inspiration/Sony Music Entertainment); Richard Stumpf (CEO, Atlas Publishing); Steve Greenberg (CEO, S-Curve Records); Kim Buie (A&R, Thirty Tigers); Albert Schilcher (VP of Music and Music Marketing, MTV International); Gary Briggs (Senior VP of A&R/Producer, New West Records); Lori Teig (VP of Talent, VEVO); Jermaine Hall (Editor-In-Chief, Vibe Magazine); Jamie Masada (Owner, Laugh Factory); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Julie Kertes (General Manager, National Parenting Publications Awards, NAPPA); Claire S. Green (President, Parents' Choice Foundation); Leib Ostrow (Founder/CEO, Music For Little People); Wende Curtis (Owner, Comedy Works); Claire S. Green (President, Parents' Choice Foundation); Nate Dern (News Editor, Funny Or Die News); Cyndi Nelson (General Manager, ZANIES Comedy Club); Shannon O'Neill (Artistic Director, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre NY)

Please visit http://www.songwritingcompetition.com for an entry form or more details.

ISC is sponsored by: Ableton, Airplay Direct, Berklee College Of Music, Celebrity Access, D'Addario, Disc Makers, George Stein, Esq., Hammond USA, Indie Pro Mix and Final Mix, Inc., Gauge Microphones, Indie Venue Bible, Lowden Guitars, Lurssen Mastering, Slate Digital, SongU.com, The Music Business Registry, Taxi, and Thayers

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For more information, please email Candace Avery at cavery@songwritingcompetition.com or call 615-251-4441.

 
“Masterworks I: Into a New World” Presents Powerful Musical Selections PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark McLaughlin   
Friday, 26 September 2014 15:07

IA/IL QUAD-CITIES – The Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) celebrates its century of orchestral music with the return of celebrated American Master pianist Garrick Ohlsson, performing what may be the most challenging concerto for piano – Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto. His performance is just one of the highlights of a musical presentation entitled Masterworks I: Into a New World.

Masterworks I: Into a New World will be held 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Adler Theatre, Davenport, IA, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 5 at Centennial Hall, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL. QCSO Music Director and Conductor Mark Russell Smith will lead the orchestra. In addition to the Third Piano Concerto, the evening will include a world premiere composition by John Frantzen entitled “Beyond a Wild Dream,” as well as Antonín Dvořák’s New World Symphony.

“We choose the pieces for the first Masterworks performance of our 100th Season to be powerful, energetic and exhilarating,” said Smith. “This will be a performance that audience members will remember for years to come.” 

Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto – Hard to Play, Easy to Love

Masterworks I will be Garrick Ohlsson’s fourth performance with the QCSO. He last appeared with the Symphony in 1989. Ohlsson launched his career in 1970 when he became the first American to win the International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition. He is an Avery Fisher Prize laureate, placing him alongside such luminaries as Midori and Yo-Yo Ma, and a Grammy Award winner for his recording of Beethoven’s Sonatas.

According to QCSO Executive Director Benjamin Loeb, Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto is a beautiful but monstrously difficult work for most pianists to play. “The piece requires large stretches of the hand, as well as tremendous energy,” he said. “Garrick Ohlsson is a powerful musician, well-suited to playing the Third Piano Concerto. He can perform this composition with ease and majesty. He holds sovereign control over this piece.” 

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. The early influence of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, and other Russian composers gave his work a rich, expressive personal style. The Third Piano Concerto was first performed in public on Nov. 28, 1909 by Rachmaninoff himself. It was not until the 1930s that the Third Piano Concerto became popular, thanks largely to the advocacy of famed pianist Vladimir Horowitz.

Frantzen’s “Beyond a Wild Dream” – An Energetic World Premiere

According to Loeb, the 2014-2015 Masterworks series will present the world premieres of five compositions. Masterworks I: Into a New World will offer the first premiere: “Beyond a Wild Dream” by John Frantzen, who grew up in Maquoketa, Iowa. “We are proud to be able to present a colorful, energetic composition by Frantzen,” said Loeb. “Creators of symphonic music can come from any part of the globe – and they can be local, too. In addition to Frantzen, we also work with composers who are instructors at Augustana College and St. Ambrose University.” 

John Frantzen now lives in Los Angeles, where he writes music in all genres including concert, chamber, dance, sound installations and film. He has collaborated with artists from around the world, including a recent sound installation created for his sister Rose Frantzen’s art exhibit at Davenport’s Figge Museum. 

“In writing ‘Beyond a Wild Dream’ for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra,” Frantzen said, “I did some research to see what it would have been like to attend the very first symphony performance in the Quad-Cities – or Tri-Cities, as it was called 100 years ago. That performance included passionate works by Tchaikovsky and Wagner, among others. At that time, it was a wild dream to start an orchestra in the Tri-Cities, but still, citizens felt the need to support the arts in the community, no matter how big or small. My composition pays homage to that noble spirit.”

Frantzen’s musical career began when he was a student in Maquoketa, playing trombone for the school bands. During those years, he placed second in a national song-writing competition. “I loved being part of the band,” he said, “and realized I had a passion to create. That made me want to become a composer.” He received a full scholarship to Arizona State University as a trombonist and later completed a masters in composition at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. This development led to the successful career he is having today.

Dvořák’s “From the New World” – Inspired by a Trip to America

The final piece of the evening comes from composer Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904), a citizen of what is now the Czech Republic. He was noted for his skill in turning folk material into the language of 19th-century Romantic music. In 1892, he accepted the post of Director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York.

During his three years in the United States, Dvořák traveled as far west as Iowa. His trip to America proved to be inspiring and productive. It led him to create the piece that widely became regarded as his signature work: the four-movement Symphony No. 9 in E Minor “From the New World,” also known as “The New World Symphony.” 

“We chose the New World Symphony because it is one of the most beloved pieces in the QCSO repertoire,” said Loeb. “It is a lively, colorful composition that has been very popular with our patrons in the past, and its great energy makes it a perfect companion for the other musical selections.” 

Quad City Symphony Orchestra tickets are available at the QCSO box office at 327 Brady St., Davenport, IA. You can also call the QCSO at (563) 322-7276 or visit www.qcso.org. For more information on future offerings from QCSO, be sure to download the full 100th Season brochure at www.qcso.org/calendar.html.

 
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