Taking Flight at the Figge art Museum Print
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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 www.QCSymphony.com, 800.745.3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets. Dinner reservations should be made directly through the Outing Club at 563.324.5284.

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