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A Fitting Exclamation Point: The Quad City Symphony, April 11 at the Adler Theatre
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2015-04-21 19:17:13

The closing Masterworks concerts of the Quad City Symphony’s centennial season included a commission meant as a prelude leading, without pause, into Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. I was skeptical. The Choral symphony – one of the greatest compositions in music – was a logical conclusion for a season-long celebration of 100 years, but attaching contemporary music to it raised two questions: What could the new music possibly add, and would it diminish Beethoven’s towering work?

Yet James Stephenson’s A-ccord worked on several levels April 11 at the Adler Theatre. It successfully connected Beethoven to 21st Century musical thinking. More importantly, it neatly summarized the rigor and thoughtfulness of Music Director and Conductor Mark Russell Smith’s highly symbolic program – which presented a unified message bridging time, style, and language, and ceded the spotlight to guest vocalists as the Quad City Symphony closed its milestone season.

A-ccord brought all that together, featuring both voices and instruments, placing an English translation of Friedrich Schiller’s “Ode” (a component, in German, of the Ninth Symphony) alongside words from Quad Cities poet Dick Stahl, and treating Beethoven’s source material in a contemporary way, with an innovative use of a single melodic line with rhythmic and orchestral variations.


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Keys to the Kingdom: The Quad City Symphony, February 7 at the Adler Theatre
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2015-02-13 19:43:42

The pieces in the Quad City Symphony’s fourth Masterworks concerts of the season would seem to have little in common: modern post-minimalism, a Mozart concerto, and a symphony rooted in religious faith. Yet in different ways, the presentation of each piece on February 7 unlocked the music.

Revisiting Michael Torke’s Quad City Symphony-commissioned Oracle, the orchestra reached a comfort level with the composition that brought to light new facets through a sparkling, seasoned performance. Demarre McGill, principal flutist with the Dallas Symphony, redefined his instrument as muscular yet supple in an imaginative treatment of Mozart’s Concerto No. 1 for Flute & Orchestra. And the highlight of the program was a towering performance of Anton Bruckner’s epic Symphony No. 4: Romantic, aided significantly by introductory comments that framed it in the context of the composer’s life.


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A Coupla Theatre Guys Sittin’ Around Talkin’: Mike Schulz and Thom White Discuss 2014's Area Stage Scene
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2014-12-18 12:00:00

the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's Irving Berlin's White ChristmasIf you’re new to this almost-annual recap, what follows is my conversation with Reader theatre reviewer Thom White about the area’s stage stage over the past 12 months.

If you’re not new to it, you know the drill. Clear some time, grab a snack, and enjoy!


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Illuminating a Musical Masterpiece: The Quad City Symphony, December 6 at the Adler Theatre
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2014-12-17 19:37:38

In its December 6 concert, the Quad City Symphony checked off three important boxes – things every orchestra should strive for.

It included contemporary American music, in this case a world premiere from a local composer in University of Iowa professor David Gompper’s impenetrably obscure Sunburst.

It illustrated the role of the sensitive accompanist, showcasing six of the symphony’s own members in three pieces.

And finally and most impressively, it ignited and illuminated a musical masterpiece with sizzling passion and a refined artistic vision: The cohesive and insightful artistic ideas of Music Director and Conductor Mark Russell Smith joined with the orchestra’s unrestrained musical abandonment in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s masterful Symphony No. 40.


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Unchained from the Plot of His Own Life: Counting Crows, December 16 at the Adler Theatre
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2014-12-09 16:40:35

Counting Crows. Photo by Danny Clinch.

When Counting Crows visits the Adler Theatre on December 16, it will be a different band from the one that scored top-10 hits with each of its studio albums from 1993’s August & Everything After to 2008’s Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings.

And for that, you can credit a lowly covers record.

It’s more complicated than that, but in a phone interview earlier this month, singer/songwriter Adam Duritz explained that interpreting the songs of others was one of two key ingredients to the band’s revitalization – which is in full bloom on this year’s Somewhere Under Wonderland album. The record also hit Billboard’s Top 10, and many critics have called it the band’s strongest collection since its August & Everything After debut.

Counting Crows’ new swagger is evident in its sets and on the album. Somewhere Under Wonderland’s longest song, “Palisades Park,” is its opening track and first single, and even before the record’s release it kicked off the band’s encores. “We played an entire summer of shows with an eight-and-a-half-minute song that nobody knew as the opening song of the encore, which is kind of crazy,” Duritz said. “We had the confidence to do it.”

Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings marked a sort of end for Counting Crows. Within a month of its release, Duritz revealed that he had depersonalization disorder – which he wrote in Men’s Health “makes the world seem like it’s not real, as if things aren’t taking place. It’s hard to explain, but you feel untethered.”

The announcement coincided with Duritz’s fatigue with the songwriting process that had sustained the band through 15 years and five very successful albums. “By the time we got done with Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings,” he told me, “I was kind of fed up with being locked into this autobiographical record-making. People start to expect a certain plot arc from you, and while you can write as well as you can write, you can’t change the actual plot of your life. I felt like I was not only trying to live my life to get my life together, but trying to live my life so I have a more interesting plot arc for the records. ... I was kind of tired of just talking about being crazy. It’s not all there is to me.”


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