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Bohemian Rhapsody: The Quad City Symphony, October 6 at the Adler Theatre
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2012-10-17 13:54:57

It was standard repertoire in the expected order, but the performance that Music Director and Conductor Mark Russell Smith and the orchestra gave at the opening of the Quad City Symphony’s 98th Masterworks Series on October 6 was anything but typical because of the thorough, culturally sensitive thinking behind the showcase piece.

Richard Wagner’s youthful Overture to Rienzi and Max Bruch’s lyric Violin Concerto No. 1 were executed consistent with German performance practices, largely confined to the composer’s instructions in the score. But Smith created a sharp contrast of musical styles to the concert’s first two pieces with “country kid” Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8. Instead of the typical literal interpretation of the score, he transformed it through unwritten, more-expressive Bohemian playing techniques, creating a performance that felt authentic – similar to what audiences might have heard in its Dvořák-conducted 1890 debut in Prague.


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Birthing a Beast: The Quad City Symphony Orchestra, December 3 at the Adler Theatre
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2011-12-08 19:32:06

Rarely and unpredictably, a performance will transcend music and become a living thing, a forceful creature that grabs the audience and won’t let go until the piece ends; it then lingers for hours in the mind. These experiences transport me beyond what Gustav Mahler called “the sounds of a garrulous world” and overshadow the conductor and musicians – not because they’re unimportant, but because the life-giving in their performance is so profound. On Saturday at the Adler Theatre, the beast arrived after intermission when the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and Music Director and Conductor Mark Russell Smith breathed life into Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 1.


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Passion Sometimes Lacking in Precision: The Quad City Symphony Orchestra, October 1 at the Adler Theatre
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2011-10-06 15:42:34

Passion proved to be the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s strength in its season-opening program at the Adler Theater on October 1, but the performance was vulnerable to imprecision.

While the program was titled Beethoven 5, the highlight of the concert was a brilliant performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s demanding Third Piano Concerto by guest pianist Haochen Zhang with bold yet sensitive accompaniment by the symphony under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Mark Russell Smith.


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Photos from the John Prine Concert, June 18 at the Adler Theatre
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2011-06-21 14:51:51

Images by Scott Klarkowski from June 18's John Prine set at the Adler Theatre. Click on any photo for a larger version.

For more of Klarkowski's work, visit KlarkPhoto.com.


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Photos from the Barenaked Ladies Concert, May 16 at the Adler Theatre
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2010-05-18 14:40:47

Images by photographer Chris Jones from Sunday's Barenaked Ladies concert at the Adler Theatre, with opener Serena Ryder. Click on any photo for a larger version.

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