Davenport, IA - Imagine the Beatles playing on the Mississippi riverfront with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra: What would that have sounded like? Find out for yourself when Classical Mystery Tour performs live at Riverfront Pops on September 10! The four musicians in Classical Mystery Tour look and sound just like the Beatles, but Classical Mystery Tour is more than just a rock concert. The full show presents some 30 Beatles tunes sung, played, and performed exactly as they were written. Hear "Penny Lane" with a live trumpet section; experience the beauty of "Yesterday" with an acoustic guitar and string quartet; enjoy the rock/classical blend on the hard edged "I Am the Walrus." From early Beatles music on through the solo years, Classical Mystery Tour is the best of the Beatles like you've never heard them: totally live.

From the recent success of the Beatles Rock Band to the release of the re-mastered Beatles albums, the demand for Beatles material is greater than ever. Many Beatles fans never had the opportunity to experience a live Beatles show; Classical Mystery Tour offers that live experience in the gorgeous setting of Le Claire Park in Davenport. The Los Angeles Times called the show "more than just an incredible simulation...the swelling strings and soaring French horn lines gave Saturday's live performance a high goose-bump quotient...the crowd stood and bellowed for more." Classical Mystery Tour is performed by four stars of the Broadway musical Rain.

The gates open at 3 PM for seating on the field and in the stands, with the concert beginning at 6:30. Shuttles will run from Central High School South Lot (11th St. and Harrison St.), Palmer College (8th St. and Harrison St.), and the Scott County Courthouse from 3 PM until concert time.

New this year is a kids fun zone courtesy of Bounce QC. Other vendors include Whitey's Ice Cream, Steve's Meats, Kettle Korn, Le Mekong, and Thunder Bay Grille.

All tickets are $20. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Senior tickets can be purchased in advance at the QCSO office, all area Whitey's locations, and through Ticketmaster. Group tickets and Umbrella Suites can be purchased through the QCSO office.

The Riverfront Pops is sponsored by SSAB Enterprises, Wells Fargo, McLaughlin Motors and Zimmerman Cars.



Davenport, IA - The Quad City Symphony Orchestra's Youth Ensembles Program is seeking well-qualified candidates to fill a newly created position. The successful candidate will conduct the Quad City Symphony Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, an intermediary full-orchestral ensemble designed for students in grades 6-11. Due to increased demand, the QCSO has recently elected to create this new ensemble, which will begin work early in the 2011-12 school year. This is a one-year position, with the potential for extension based upon mutual satisfaction of both the conductor and the Association. Programming selections will be made in consultation with the Music Director for the Youth Symphony Orchestra. The ensemble will rehearse weekly Sunday evenings from August through April, excluding usual holidays and school breaks. The ensemble will perform twice per year. The ideal candidate will have an advanced knowledge of both orchestral repertoire and conducting , extensive experience working with students within the appropriate age group, and excellent communications and administrative skills.

To apply: send a one-page letter of interest along with your resume tojvomsaal@qcsymphony.com.


The QCSO is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation. By applying, you consent to allow the QCSO toconduct a background check prior to formal engagement as an employee.




Davenport, IA - For 28 years, Volunteers for Symphony has been hosting the area's largest sale of gently used items to support the education programs of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. This year's sale will be held at 902 West Kimberly Road in Davenport, between Godfather's Pizza and Shoe Carnival in the Village Shopping Center. 

The event will kick off on Thursday, June 16, with a Preview Party from 6 PM to 9 PM. Admission to the party is $10 at the door and gives you the first opportunity to buy and choose from an enormous selection of housewares, clothing, sporting goods, furniture, books, records, antiques, and jewelry, to name just a few. People traditionally begin lining up in the afternoon, so be sure to arrive early to get your spot! Refreshments and live music will be provided while you shop. 

Also available at the Preview Party will be a 1984 Buick Electra Park Avenue with a V8 engine and only 23,000 miles. Other amenities include power seats, power windows, air conditioning, AM/FM cassette radio. The car shows no rust and will be sold "as is" to the best offer at 8 PM on Thursday night. 

The sale then continues on Friday, June 11, 7 AM to 6 PM, and Saturday, June 12, 7 AM to 4 PM. Both days are FREE ADMISSION. Saturday is half price day and features a $5 bag sale beginning at noon. To buy Preview Party tickets, call 563.322.QCSO (7276) or visit www.qcsymphony.com.