Davenport, IA - Spring cleaning? Donate your gently used treasures to the Quad City Symphony Orchestra's 28th Annual 2nd Fiddle Sale!

Donations of used merchandise are requested for the QCSO's 2nd Fiddle Sale and will be accepted on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from  8 AM to 4 PM and Mondays from 12 noon to 8 PM. Donations can be made at the former Premiere Furnishings space in the Village Shopping Center, 902 West Kimberly Street, Davenport, between Godfather's Pizza and Shoe Carnival. The sale accepts gently-used clothing, furniture, household items, linens, small appliances, books, children's clothing, sporting goods, toys, jewelry, antiques, collectibles and more! All donations are tax deductible and receipted at time of drop off.

The 2nd Fiddle Sale opens with a "first chance to buy" Opening Night on Thursday, June 16, 6-9 PM, with refreshments and live music. Tickets for this event are $10 and may be purchased in advance at the QCSO Office, 327 Brady Street, Davenport, 563.322.QCSO (7276),www.qcsymphony.com, or at the door on June 16. 

The sale continues with free admission on Friday, June 17, from 8 AM-6 PM and Saturday, June 18, from 8 AM-4 PM.

Volunteers for Symphony organize and present this much anticipated annual sale of gently used items every year. Many volunteers are needed during the coming weeks for sorting merchandise, set-up, and selling during the sale. Contact VFS by phone at 563.322.0931, x12, or email atvolunteer@qcsymphony.com to help. All 2nd Fiddle Sale proceeds benefit the music education programs of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.


Don't Miss This Year's Spring Pops!
The Quad City Symphony Orchestra is once again bringing their performance season to a rock 'n' roll conclusion with this year's Spring Pops featuring Grammy-nominated performer Michael Cavanaugh, star of the Broadway hit Movin' Out, singing the music of Billy Joel and more.
Spring Pops will be featured at the Adler Theatre on Saturday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m.  Save 50% off on tickets purchased today through June 3 at 11:00 p.m. Click on the orange "Find Tickets" box below and enter the special offer code PIANO.
Spring Pops: The Music of Billy Joel and More
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John Prine with special guest Iris DeMent
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Davenport, IA - The Quad City Symphony Orchestra is once again bringing their performance season to a rock 'n' roll conclusion with this year's Spring Pops featuring Michael Cavanaugh performing the music of Billy Joel and more. The Spring Pops concert, sponsored by Courtesy Car City, The Planning Center, and Sears Manufacturing will be at 7:30 PM on Saturday, June 4, at the Adler Theatre in Davenport. Amplified by a full rock band, Conductor Mark Russell Smith will lead the QCSO in concert. The 2-hour concert features all your favorite Billy Joel tunes with a few surprises along the way.

Michael Cavanaugh is the New Voice of the American Rock & Roll Songbook. A charismatic performer, musician and actor, he became famous for his piano and vocals in the Broadway musical Movin' Out. Michael Cavanaugh was handpicked by Billy Joel to star in title role and evokes a style that rivals the Piano Man. Michael appeared in the show for 3 years and over 1200 performances, receiving accolade after accolade, which culminated in 2003 with both Grammy and Tony award nominations.

The QCSO is also hosting its third annual pre-concert Spring Pops Block Party from 5 to 7 on June 4 at the corner of 4th and Brady. Admission to the party is free and concessions will be sold by Thunder Bay Grille. You will also be able to purchase raffle tickets to win an Apple iPod 2 donated by KJWW Engineering. Attending the party will be Michael Cavanaugh and members of his band, QCSO Music Director Mark Russell Smith, and Dwyer and Michaels from the 97X morning show.

Performing at the Spring Pops Block Party will be one of the most contagious bands in the Quad Cities - Deadroots. Every Deadroots show is a collage of Rock, Funk, R & B, Bluegrass, Jam, and Jazz. Over the years, Deadroots has gained a reputation for its incredibly catchy and well-crafted original tunes as well as its original takes on cover tunes.

Tickets for the concert start at $18 and are available through the Adler Theatre box office, the QCSO box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, 800.745.3000, or at www.qcsymphony.com.
Davenport, IA - April 18, 2011 - On the heals of our exciting residency with violinist Midori and our best selling concert in over a decade, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has elected to renew the contract for Music Director Mark Russell Smith. Since Maestro Smith's arrival in 2008, the QCSO has witnessed season ticket sales climbing more than 25%.  Mark Russell Smith plays a critical role as the artistic leader of our organization and is key to maintaining this positive momentum. Maestro Smith has expressed gratitude for the privilege of serving as the orchestra's Music Director through the 100th Anniversary season, which will occur in 2014-15.

Whether conducting contemporary masterpieces or bringing fresh insights to the symphonies of Mozart, Beethoven or Brahms, Mark Russell Smith demonstrates consummate musicianship and enthusiastic commitment to the art of music-making: qualities that have endeared him to audiences and musicians alike.  In June of 2007, Smith was appointed Director of New Music Projects of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Minnesota, a combined post that enabled him to bring his commitment for excellence and passion for education to new audiences.  In March of 2008, he was named Music Director and Conductor of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, effective September, 2008. As Music Director of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, a position he held from 1999 to 2009, Smith was praised for his innovative and approachable programming and is widely credited with fostering the orchestras unprecedented artistic growth.

As a guest conductor, Smith enjoys a burgeoning international reputation that has already brought him engagements and re-engagements with prestigious American orchestras, including the St. Louis Symphony, the Houston Symphony and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. With the Minnesota Orchestra, he made his critically-acclaimed Sommerfest debut in 2006 and made his subscription series debut in March of 2009.   In November 2007, he returned to his alma mater to lead the Symphony Orchestra of The Curtis Institute of Music in Verizon Hall, and will lead the orchestra on tour in China and Korea in the fall of 2011. Smith's debut at the Nomus Music Music Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia was met with critical and audience acclaim and led to immediate reengagement. Other recent and upcoming appearances include the Minnesota Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony, Brazils Orquestra Sinfoniea da USP, the Hartford Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Xalapa, the Phoenix Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, the Eugene Symphony, the Curtis Opera Theatre, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Berkshire Choral Festival, the Eastern Music Festival, the Tulsa Philharmonic, Orchestra London (Ontario), and the European Center for Opera and Vocal Art in Ghent, Belgium.

A champion of the music of our time, Smith led the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's Engine 408 series, working closely with living composers and added his unique perspective to enhance that orchestra's great tradition of fostering new works. He has collaborated with YoYo Ma and members of the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota in Hun Qiao (Bridge of Souls), a concert of remembrance and reconciliation featuring world premieres by Korean, Japanese, Chinese and American composers. A firm believer in the use of technical innovation to reach world-wide audiences, he debuted in 2002 with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, conducting the final round of the first Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition, where he led six concerto performances that were streamed live over the Internet. He has led the Minnesota Orchestra in the competition's final round since 2004 and returns each summer.

Smith grew up in a musical family in Phoenix, Arizona where he began the serious study of conducting while still in his teens. He is a graduate in cello performance of the Juilliard School, where he studied with Claus Adam, and of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied conducting with Max Rudolf and Otto-Werner Mueller. While at Curtis, Smith was first prize winner in the National Repertory Orchestra Conductors Competition, and upon graduation, was named Assistant Conductor of the Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Singers. From 1989 to 1994, Smith served as Associate Conductor of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra and from 1992 through 1999 served as Music Director of the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra. His dynamic personality, creative programming, and focus on outreach helped revitalize the Springfield (MA) Symphony, where he served as Music Director from 1995 through 2000.

Smith resides in Minneapolis, where his wife, Ellen Dinwiddie Smith, is a horn player with the Minnesota Orchestra. They have two sons, Alexander and Noah.

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce the winners of the "Mi-Do-Ri" Young Composer Competition. The following pieces will be performed at the "Mi-Do-Ri" Composition Contest Performance on April 15 at 5 PM in the Adler Theatre:

Elementary Division

Maryrose Jagusah, "MJ's Composition"

High School Division
Genevieve Decker, "A Collection of Mythical Secrets"
Jesse Trujillo, "Dark Lullaby"

College Division
Joseph Carey, "hanamidori"
Michael Conrad, "Sonatina in C: Midori"
Andrew Krueger, "Mi-Do-Ri"

To celebrate the visit of world-renowned violinist Midori, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in conjunction with the St. Ambrose University Music Department hosted the "Mi-Do-Ri" Young Composer Competition. Young composers were invited to compose and submit a piece for solo violin or violin and piano using a central 3 note musical theme based on the name Midori. William Campbell, PhD., Assoc. Professor of Music Theory and Composition at St Ambrose, offered three separate workshops for composers to guide them through the composition process. Each workshop included opportunities to teach participants about the genre, musical form, and composition techniques.


Put Your Snow Day to Good Use!

Put your snow day to good use honing your trivia game skills in preparation for trivia fun the night before "the Big Game."  The Arc of Rock Island County announces its continued partnership with St. Anne's Parish for the Third Annual Trivia Night on Saturday, February 5, benefiting St. Anne's Parish and The Arc of Rock Island County.  $10 per player, payable at the door.  Features teams of three minimum, up to a maximum of eight.  Participants are welcome to bring snacks (only) and drinks will be available for purchase.  There will also be 50/50 Drawings and Theme Basket raffles.  Reservations recommended as seating is limited.   Register or volunteer by calling 309-786-6474.  The Arc gratefully acknowledges Southeast National Bank, KONE Employees Credit Union, and our auction basket donors for sponsoring this family-fun event.


Saturday, February 5, 2011 

5:30 PM - doors open

6:30 PM - trivia game begins



St. Anne's Parish

Cleary Hall

602-17th Avenue

East Moline, IL


Event Contact Info:

Jan Haugen

309-755-4876 or 309-781-4508

Maureen Dickinson

309-786-6474 or dickinsonm@arcric.org


Founded in 1952, The Arc is committed to living and working

in partnership with the community to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Date: February 3, 2011
Time: 4 PM
Location: Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA


Representatives of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and the artists who created the 14 Midori-themed painted violins will be on hand to talk about the painted violins and the upcoming Midori residency. The full collection of beautifully painted and creatively re-sculpted violins will be on display for photographers, videographers, and public viewing.

From April 13 to 17, world-renowned violinist Midori will participate in a wide range of activities tailored by the QCSO to optimize local involvement of the youth orchestra, including the Bows and Bridges Strings Festival, a Music Advocacy Luncheon with local legislators, a performance before over 6,000 students with the Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra at their annual Symphony Day, and a performance of Beethoven's Violin Concerto at the QCSO's Masterworks season finale of April 16 & 17.
The Quad City Symphony Orchstra is proud to announce the addition of three new principal musicians to its permanent roster. Benjemin Coelho has been named Principal Bassoon, Andrew Parker has been named Principal Oboe, and Marc Zyla has been named Principal Horn.

Coehlo is professor of bassoon at the University of Iowa and has appeared as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, teacher, and clinician throughout the US and in Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Portugal, France, Romania, Australia, Canada, and the Czech Republic. He has performed with the Gramado Woodwind Quintet, the Alaria Chamber Ensemble, and the Contemporary Music Group of Minas Gerais and is a founding member of the Manhattan Wind Quintet.

Parker has been recently appointed Assistant Professor of Oboe at the University of Iowa. After receiving his Bachelor's degree at the Eastman School of Music and Master's degree at Yale University, he finished doctoral studies at the University of Michigan where he was the Graduate Student Instructor. In his time at the University of Michigan, Andrew was a finalist in the concerto competition and was asked to represent the university by performing at the illustrious Conservatory Project, a recital series at the Kennedy Center. He also had the opportunity to collaborate with many of the faculty including Nancy Ambrose King, Jeffrey Lyman, Donald Sinta, and Amy Porter among others.

Zyla is a member of the Univeristy of Illinois Brass Studio and a doctoral teaching assistant in horn. Marc was the horn soloist with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra on the world premier of Kaoru Wada's Toone for Horn and Wind Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Marc has performed with Las Cornistas Horn Ensemble, the Illinois Brass Quintet, the Pittsburgh Brass Project, and the Looking Glass Wind Quintet at the Banff Chamber Music Festival.



Friday, February 25th, 2011

St. Ambrose Rogalski Center, Davenport, IA

Doors Open @ 6:00pm

Questions Start @ 7:00pm (10 Rounds of 10)

There will be a cash bar. Pizza will be available for purchase, but feel free to bring your own food.

$10 per Person (you can be assigned to a team) or

$80 per Team (Maximum of 8)

$5 Admission for Full-time Students

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams will be awarded cash prizes based on total team admission fees. Proceeds will go towards scholarships awarded to Quad City area students. There will also be a variety of door prizes.

For reservations, by February 18th - text or phone Bonnie at 309-340-3270 OR email at ThiedeBonnieJ@yahoo.com

Please specify team's name, captain, # of players, contact telephone number, and email address. Checks can be made payable to:

IIE Ch. 46.  Reserve early, but pay at the door.

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra announces open auditions for four principal positions for the 2011-12 season.

Positions open include Principal Flute, Principal Horn, Principal Bassoon, and Principal Oboe. The audition schedule is as follows:

January 8 - Principal flute
January 9 - Principal bassoon (morning) and Principal horn (afternoon)
January 23 - Principal oboe

All interested persons are encouraged to contact Rich Stodd, Director of Operations, for audition information and required excerpts. A current one-page resume and a $50 deposit check payable to "QCSO" will be required. The deadline for submission is December 29, 2010.