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A Trickster’s Lesson in Music: William Campbell’s “Coyote Dances,” Performed March 31 and April 1 by the Quad City Symphony
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2012-03-27 15:20:07

William Campbell

While a brief, unpretentious piece, Coyote Dances – by local composer William Campbell – is long on musical adventure, drama, and humor fashioned from a Native American moral yarn reminding us not to get too big for our britches.

In personal and e-mail interviews, Campbell – chair of the St. Ambrose University music department and an associate professor there – explained how he portrayed a story of the folkloric trickster hero Coyote in music and the March 31 and April 1 premiere of the composition with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.

“I wanted to write fun music with exuberant, joyful moments,” the composer said. And the score indicates that Coyote Dances is full of them.


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Symphony Spin-Off: The Lyrebird Ensemble, January 21 at the Figge Art Museum
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2012-01-11 18:55:01

The Lyrebird Ensemble's Lillian Lau and Ellen HuntingtonNot long after meeting through their participation in the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, second flutist Ellen Huntington and principal harpist Lillian Lau decided to form their own two-person ensemble. Yet while they knew they had more than enough flute-and-harp repertoire to sustain a professional partnership, what they didn’t have was a name.


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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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Another Dimension: Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s Spring Pops Concert, May 30 at the Adler Theatre
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2009-05-26 19:27:17

Brent Havens

It would be easy to accuse Brent Havens of exploiting two things: the fondness people have for some seminal rock bands, and symphonies' need to diversity their audiences.

But his "The Music of" series - which matches a community symphony orchestra, a live traveling rock band, and classic songs - comes from a place of knowledge. Havens, who arranged the songs for orchestra and conducts, began with Led Zeppelin in 1996 and has expanded the repertoire to include Pink Floyd, The Doors, The Eagles, and Queen. The project has included more than 150 shows, two-thirds of which have been Led Zeppelin, Havens said.

When he presents the Music of Led Zeppelin for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra's Spring Pops concert on May 30, it will be readily apparent that he knows the band.

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