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CSO CONCERTMASTER CHEN TO REPLACE KOLJONEN FOR THIS WEEKEND'S CONCERT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jared Johnson   
Friday, 14 February 2014 14:19

Davenport, IA-Due to the heavy snow storms on the east coast this week, Elissa Lee Koljonen is unable to travel the Quad Cities for this weekend's performance with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. Her husband, violist Roberto Díaz, was able to get a flight to Chicago and will be performing as scheduled this weekend. He will be joined in performing Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola by one of America's greatest violinists and the concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Robert Chen. This is a return engagement for Chen who performed the Barber Violin Concerto with the QCSO in 2002.

Robert Chen has been concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1999. During his years as the CSO concertmaster, he has been featured as soloist with Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink, Christoph Eschenbach, Charles Dutoit, Ton Koopman, and James Colon. He gave the CSO premiere of György Ligeti's Violin Concerto, Elliott Carter's Violin Concerto, and Witold Lutoslawski's Chain Two, as well as the world premiere of Augusta Read Thomas's Astral Canticle. Most recently, he appeared as soloist on subscription concerts at Orchestra Hall in October 2013 as soloist in Hindemith's Violin Concerto with Riccardo Muti conducting.

In addition to his duties as concertmaster, Chen enjoys a solo career that include performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, NDR Orchestra of Hanover, and the Bournemouth Symphony, collaborating with conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Manfred Honeck, Pavel Kogan, and Andreas Delfs.

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra is also performing romantic favorite, Fauré's Suite from Pelleas and Melisande, and Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony. Masterworks 4 will be performed on February 15 and 16. Saturday evening's concert is at the Adler Theatre in Davenport at 7:30 p.m., and followed on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at Centennial Hall in Rock Island. This concert is sponsored by John Deere.

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The Blacklist is bringing comedy back to The Freight House! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by George Strader   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 16:06
Come enjoy dinner from the Fresh Deli by Nostalgia Farms, grab a brew from Front Street Brewery’s Tap Room, and get ready for uncensored improvised comedy, courtesy of The Blacklist! The Blacklist will be offering just two dates to see uncensored improvisational comedy on the Davenport side of the Quad Cities. With two shows on February 15th hopes to re-energize the downtown during this cold winter month by teaming up with Nostalgia Farms’ Fresh Deli and the Front Street Brewery Tap Room to offer their customers and many of The Blacklist’s fans another reason to come to downtown Davenport for entertainment. George Strader, owner and performer at The Blacklist stated, “Live comedy entertainment hasn’t been at The Freight House venue for over 3 years, and the space has such a fantastic view and neighboring businesses to visit. It just seemed like a great place to put on a show.” The Blacklist, who performs regularly at The Circa ’21 Speakeasy in Rock Island, has the next two weekends off due to Bottoms Up Burlesque’s Soul Train shows occupying the space. The Blacklist will host both an early show and a late show on the 15th show will be “100 Laughs” (the signature show from The Blacklist), in which the show starts with zero and does not stop until The Blacklist tallies 100 audience laughs! Along the way you will enjoy many different games that you, the audience, have complete control of! The crazier the suggestions the better! “100 Laughs” is an adult show, rated R, so leave the kids at home! Doors for “100 Laughs” will open at 6:00pm with the show starting at 7:00pm, and tickets are $10. The late show will be the very popular “Shots ‘n Giggles,” which brings improv comedy and drinking games crashing together into one hilarious night of improvised entertainment! A lot like watching a car wreck, performers will astound you as they do their best to remain in control and on the ball as the shots keep coming and the laughs keep flowing! Described as “Whose Line Is It Anyway? on Jack Daniels,” this a social experiment gone hilariously bad. This is one drinking party you can't miss! “Shots ‘n Giggles” is also R rated with adult material and is strictly for audiences 21 and over. Doors for “Shots ‘n Giggles” will open around 8:30pm, with stand-up comedians taking the stage at 9:00pm and The Blacklist at 10:00pm. Tickets are $12. Tickets for all shows can be purchased ahead of time exclusively at The Blacklist’s website, www.blacklistcomedy.com or can be bought at the door on the night of the show. Seats are limited, so reservations are recommended. Visit the troupe’s website or Facebook page for additional information. Nostalgia Farms’ Fresh Deli: Edward Kraklio – (563) 424-4561 Front Street Brewery Tap Room: Steve and Jennie Zuiderma (563) 322-1569 The Blacklist Improv Comedy Troupe: George Strader – (309) 781-9617

 
MVBS Presents Australia’s Anni Piper Wednesday Feb. 19 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 13 February 2014 10:32

Australian-based singer /bass guitar player Anni Piper and her band will be touring the United States and making a stop at Martini’s on the Rock, 4619 34th Street, Rock Island, IL on Wednesday, February 19. Anni and her band will start the show at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $7 if you are a Mississippi Valley Blues Society member, or $10 if you are not a member (membership application will be available at the door).

From the time that Anni Piper heard Paul Butterfield Blues Band playing “Born in Chicago,” she knew that blues was the musical direction she wanted to head towards. That was at the age of 14, and by the time she was 19 years old, Anni had completed a Bachelor of Arts (Contemporary Music) at Southern Cross University, Lismore NSW, and was on her way to an award-winning career in music.

Anni recorded her first CD in 2004 and the album was an immediate success, winning the category of “Best New Talent” at the Australian Blues Music Awards. Her vocals were recorded on numerous CDs after that, but it wasn’t long into her continuing musical path that she developed an affinity with the bass guitar, preferring to lay down a groove rather than belt out a solo.

Anni’s musical ability and strong focus has since won her many achievements, including a nomination as a top five finalist in the 2010 Musicoz Awards in the Blues / Roots category, and finalist in the 2009 APRA Professional Development Awards. Anni was also a finalist for “Best Female Vocal” at the 2008 Australian Blues Music Awards and received a nomination for the ”Rudy Brandsma” award at the 2007 Australian National Songwriting Contest.

 
Love is in the air for Valentine's Day weekend! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Quad City Symphony Orchestra   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 09:09

This Valentine's Day the Quad City Symphony Orchestra presents an ode to love beginning with music inspired by the tragic romance of Pelleas and Melisande. The tone then brightens as Roberto Diaz, violist of international reputation, returns to the Quad Cities' stage, this time with his wife, the celebrated violinist Elissa Lee Koljonen. Sparks will fly as this couple performs Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola. Then, when you come back from intermission, the QCSO will immerse you in all the romantic color and atmosphere of Italy through Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony, a work he called the "jolliest piece I have ever done."

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A ROMANTIC RENDEZVOUS WITH THE QCSO PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jared Johnson   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 11:06

Davenport, IA-For Valentine's Day weekend, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra presents an ode to love ranging from the tragic romance of Pelleas and Melisande to Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola performed by husband-and-wife duo Elissa Lee Koljonen and Roberto Díaz. The concert concludes in the always romantic Italy, described vividly by Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony. The concert will be performed on February 15 and 16. Saturday evening's concert is at the Adler Theatre in Davenport at 7:30 p.m., and followed on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at Centennial Hall in Rock Island. This concert is sponsored by John Deere.

Recognized as one of the most celebrated violinists of her generation, Elissa Lee Koljonen has thrilled audiences and critics in over one hundred cities throughout the world. Koljonen initially received international acclaim when she became the first recipient of the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Award and silver medalist of the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition. Her playing has been lauded by the Helsingin Sanomat (Helsinki) as "sparkling, sensual and personal." Dan Tucker of the Chicago Tribune writes, "She displayed boundless technique and musicianship," and the Detroit News reports, "Koljonen brings to her playing not just assured technique but unflinching purpose and confidence."

 

Also on Friday, students are invited to sit in on a dress rehearsal and get the inside perspective through Students@Symphony. During a break in the rehearsal, the students will have an opportunity to meet Mark Russell Smith, as well as Díaz and Koljonen. This program is open to any secondary or elementary student and supervising adults. Students should arrive at 7:30 p.m. and pre-register online at

 

EVENT LISTING


Inside the Music Luncheon
Friday, February 14, at 12:00 noon
Reservations: $15
Contact: www.qcsymphony.com or 563.322.QCSO (7276)
Quad City Botanical Center, Rock Island

Students@Symphony
Friday, February 14, at 7:30 p.m.
Registration: FREE
Contact: www.qcsymphony.com or 563.322.QCSO (7276)
Adler Theatre, Davenport

Concert Conversations
Saturday, February 15, at 6:30 p.m.
Adler Theatre, Davenport
Sponsored by Rich James, Wells Fargo Financial Advisors

Masterworks III
Saturday, February 15, at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$55
Contact: www.qcsymphony.com or 563.322.QCSO (7276)
Adler Theatre, Davenport

Sponsored by John Deere

Afterglow
Saturday, February 15, immediately following the concert
Hotel Blackhawk, adjacent to the Adler Theatre/RiverCenter

Concert Conversations
Sunday, February 16, at 1:00 p.m.
Centennial Hall, Rock Island
Sponsored by Rich James, Wells Fargo Financial Advisors

Masterworks III
Sunday, February 16, at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$40
Contact: www.qcsymphony.com or 563.322.QCSO (7276)
Centennial Hall, Rock Island

Sponsored by John Deere

 

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