Holiday Pops:  Cirque de la Symphonie is This Weekend!
3 Spectacular Shows at the Adler Theatre
November 20, 8:00 p.m., November 21 2:00 p.m. and November 21 8:00 p.m.

Cirque de la Symphonie is a jaw-dropping spectacle!  Artists include aerial flyers, acrobats, dancers,  and balancers.  Enjoy popular holiday music like White Christmas, Deck the Halls and We Wish You a Merry Christmas along with beloved classical movements from Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.  Featuring the QCSO Youth Choir and First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir, it's fun for the whole family!

"What great fun! My son and daughter-in-law didn't even blink when I asked if they wanted to go with me again!"  - Cheryl F., Davenport
Performances made possible by Genesis Health System, Kimberly BMW, US Bank and The Bechtel Trusts

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QCSO Holiday Pops:  Cirque de la Symphonie
Stages Three Spectacular ALL-NEW Shows at the Adler Theatre
Friday, Nov. 20 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 21 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Jaw-dropping Spectacle Evokes Joy...Gasps!

A heart-warming holiday tradition continues this year.  The Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) Holiday Pops concert is bringing back the über-popular Cirque de la Symphonie for three, big, all-new shows at the Adler Theatre.  There will be one Friday evening, November 20 performance at 8:00 p.m. and two Saturday, November 21 performances at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

"I didn't even blink when my Mother ask me if we wanted to go again.  What great fun", stated Chris Fenderson of Davenport.

Cirque de la Symphonie wows audiences worldwide with spectacular aerial and acrobatic feats that generate gasps and "ahs" from the audience.  The unique program is also peppered with humor and laughter that makes it fun for audience members of all ages.  The talents of the guest artists truly amaze.

The program features holiday hits like White Christmas and Deck the Halls and beloved movements from classical masterpieces like Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.  This popular holiday music is performed with resounding beauty and perfection by the professional musicians of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.  And the combination of the symphonic sounds with the angelic choral voices from the First Presbyterian Sanctuary Choir of Davenport and Quad City Symphony Youth Choir creates a wonderful kick-off to the holiday season.

"I love planning these concerts and performing alongside the amazing musicians of the QCSO, choir members and Cirque performers, to usher in the good cheer of the holiday season," shared Benjamin Klemme, QCSO Associate Conductor.  "It doesn't truly feel like the holidays without Holiday Pops!"

Tickets are available in all price categories starting at just $10 for children and students and $15 for adults ranging up to the $75 adult price for Premier Loge.

QCSO Holiday Pops:  Cirque de la Symphonie leaves audiences full of wonder and is a lively and fun holiday outing the whole family will enjoy.  There's truly something for everyone in this event.

Group and student pricing is available for all performances.

More information and tickets are available at www.qcso.org

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Quad City Symphony Orchestra,
Mark Russell Smith, Music Director and Conductor, Presents
Masterworks II: Bach, Brahms, and Shostakovich

Highlighting the Extraordinary Talents of QCSO Concertmaster Naha Greenholtz and
Principal Cellist Hannah Holman

The grace of Bach, the romance of Brahms, and the profundity of Shostakovich will showcase QCSO Concertmaster Naha Greenholtz, Principal Cellist Hannah Holman, and the entire orchestra.

The program will delight with the graceful Baroque simplicity of Bach Sinfonias from Cantatas #42 and #21 displaying a unique and rarely seen - but characteristic Baroque gathering from the days of Bach - led by Music Director and Conductor Mark Russell Smith on harpsichord. 

To conclude the first half, the two leading ladies of the orchestra will wow you with their virtuosity in Brahms Double Concerto for Violin, Violoncello and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 102. 

The show will conclude with the profound and challenging Symphony #10 by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, which probes the depths of tragedy, loss, anger, despair, violence, but closing with triumph, a masterpiece not performed by the QCSO since 2007.  Both Brahms and Shostakovich admired Bach and this represents the unseen common denominator in the carefully crafted repertoire of the QCSO's Masterworks II concert.

There are two performances. The first is Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. at Davenport's Adler Theatre, RiverCenter.  The second is Sunday, November 8 at 2:00 p.m. at Centennial Hall at Augustana College.

This presentation will sweep you away into new worlds!

Group and student pricing is available for most performances.

More information and tickets for performances and events are available at www.qcso.org or by calling 563-322-QCSO (7276).

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Holiday Pops:  Cirque de la Symphonie - An ALL NEW Show!
3 Spectacular Shows at the Adler Theatre
November 20, 8:00 p.m., November 21 2:00 p.m. and November 21 8:00 p.m.

Cirque de la Symphonie is an exciting performance seen in cultural centers the world over.  Artists are veterans of exceptional cirque events and include aerial flyers, acrobats, dancers,  and balancers.  Each artist's performance is professionally choreographed to classical masterpieces and popular contemporary music in collaboration with the Maestro.  Featuring the QCSO Youth Choir and First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir, it's fun for the whole family!

Performances made possible by Genesis Health System, Kimberly BMW, US Bank and The Bechtel Trusts

Quad City Bank & Trust Riverfront Pops:  Country Legends
This Saturday, September 12, 6:30 p.m.
Tickets Increase $5 at Gate
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The forecast for Saturday is sunny and 70!  Enjoy a day in the sun and an evening under the stars!  Riverfront Pops:  Country Legends is a toe tappin' tribute to the greatest names in country music like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, and Carrie Underwood. If you enjoy Crazy, Ring of Fire, and The Devil Went Down to Georgia, you'll love this event.

Headlining will be Patrick Thomas, Season 1 finalist on the hit show The Voice, paired with Rachel Potter, a top 12 finalist from The X Factor. The popular Ellis Kell and Friends backs up the duo and lends local award-winning talent to this exceptional show.

Advance purchase general admission lawn seats are $20 (adult) and $5 (children 3-12), $35/$10 reserved section up front.  $2 per ticket fee.  Tickets available online, at the QCSO Box Office and all QCB&T, Hy-Vee and Whitey's Ice Cream locations.
Most tickets (not child lawn) increase $5 at the gate.

Songs of Country Legends to be Featured at Riverfront Pops
Stars from The Voice, The X Factor and Ellis Kell Perform
Fireworks to Light the Sky During Finale

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra goes a little bit country this year for the 2015 Quad City Bank & Trust Riverfront Pops.  The concert is Saturday, September 12 in Davenport's LeClaire Park and begins at 6:30 p.m.  The pre-concert is at 5:00 p.m.

Quad City Bank & Trust Riverfront Pops:  Country Legends will feature a toe tappin' tribute to the greatest names in country music.  Music by famed singers and songwriters like Johnny Cash, Carrie Underwood, Hank Williams, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton and Faith Hill will be performed.  Songs will include Crazy, Ring of Fire, On the Road Again, The Devil Went Down to Georgia and many more.  Both classic and some new country will be showcased.

It's a great way to spend a day in the sun and a night under the stars at the end of summer.  Picnics including alcohol are allowed.  Concessions are available on site.

Headlining will be Patrick Thomas, Season 1 finalist on the hit show The Voice, paired with Rachel Potter, a top finalist from The X Factor.  Patrick is a Nashville-based recording artist who recently made a guest appearance on Lifetime network's Chasing Nashville.  He starred as Billy Crocker in Anything Goes in New York.  Rachel is a Nashville-based country music recording artist and songwriter whose debut album Live the Dream is available on iTunes.  She's now working on her second solo CD entitled Not So Black and White which will be released this fall.  Rachel recently appeared in the recent Evita revival and The Addams Family on Broadway. 

The popular Ellis Kell and Terry Hanson (of the Ellis Kell Band) along with other top local musicians back up the duo and lend local award-winning talent to this exceptional show.

As tradition dictates, the grand finale will climax with rousing renditions of both Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever set to a brilliant fireworks display!

The pre-show begins at 5:00 p.m with the Youth Symphony Orchestra followed by Ellis Kell playing country at 5:30 p.m.  Main show at 6:30 p.m.

Advance general admission lawn tickets for adults are $20, $25 at the gate.  Children's tickets (3-12) are $5.  Reserved fixed seating at the stage is available.  Adults $35, $45 at the gate.  Children $10, $15 at the gate.  Gates and handicapped parking open at 3:00 p.m.  There is no access to the park prior to 3:00 p.m.

Tickets are available online at www.qcso.org, at the Quad City Symphony Orchestra Box Office at 563-322-QCSO (7276) or at 327 Brady Street in Davenport and at any Quad City Bank & Trust, Hy-Vee or Whitey's Ice Cream location.

More information and tickets for the QCB&T Riverfront Pops:  Country Legends are available at www.qcso.org.

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Auditions Include Strings, Woodwinds and Brass

Mark Russell Smith, Music Director and Conductor of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO), has announced auditions for the 2015-16 season. Audition application deadline is Monday, August 3, 2015.

Audition date for the following open positions is Sunday, August 16, 2015: first and second section violin, associate principal bass, string substitutes and fourth horn.

Audition date for English horn is Saturday, October 3.

Audition date for second bassoon is Saturday, November 7.

Applications to audition must be postmarked or emailed by Monday, August 3, 2015.

"The QCSO encourages musicians who would like to be a part of the continued history-making of this organization to audition for one of our openings. In addition to being part of an outstanding performing ensemble, our expanding education engagement programs offer musicians more opportunities to play, teach, and earn in the QC region," said Rich Stodd, Director of Orchestra Operations.

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra is a per-service orchestra. Mail or email a one page resume and send a $50 deposit check payable to "QCSO", which will be returned at the audition, by Monday, August 3 to:

Rich Stodd, Director of Orchestra Operations
327 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52801
Email: rstodd@qcso.org

The QCSO's thrilling 101st season builds on the blockbuster 100 year anniversary celebration.  The season begins with Quad City Bank & Trust Riverfront Pops on September 12, 2015.

This Valentine's Day the Quad City Symphony Orchestra presents an ode to love beginning with music inspired by the tragic romance of Pelleas and Melisande. The tone then brightens as Roberto Diaz, violist of international reputation, returns to the Quad Cities' stage, this time with his wife, the celebrated violinist Elissa Lee Koljonen. Sparks will fly as this couple performs Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola. Then, when you come back from intermission, the QCSO will immerse you in all the romantic color and atmosphere of Italy through Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony, a work he called the "jolliest piece I have ever done."

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There are three Masterworks concerts remaining this year with the next just one week away. That means you have only seven days left to save more than 15% off regular ticket prices by purchasing all three concerts as a subscription package.

 

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Keep in mind that Yo-Yo Ma is performing with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra at the end of next season on May 14, 2015. This season's subscribers will get the first opportunity to purchase tickets for this landmark occasion. So, if you haven't subscribed yet to the 2013-14 season, be sure to subscribe today!

This Saturday hundreds of musicians of all ages will fill the Adler Theatre as the professional musicians of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra perform side-by-side with the Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles for the first time ever. All four youth orchestras will have their moment to shine as they perform music by Dvorák, Strauss, Schubert, Saint-Saëns, and Shostakovich.

 

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 The concert also features a performance by Robert Spurgeon, the 2014 Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles Concerto Competition winner. While the Concerto Competition is over 50 years old, this is the first time that the winner has the honor of performing with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. Spurgeon is performing Saint-Saëns' Concerto No. 1 for Cello.

 

Tickets for this concert start at $10, with 50% off for student tickets.

 

The concert is at the Adler Theatre on February 1 at 4:00 p.m. This concert is sponsored by UnityPoint-Trinity, with additional funding from The Hubbell-Waterman Foundation.

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