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, 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


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

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."


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.




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.




 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.

The Beatles are back in the QC as Classical Mystery Tour joins the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Mark Russell Smith for the 29th annual Riverfront Pops in LeClaire Park.


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.


As is traditional, the concert will end with the 1812 Overture, Stars and Stripes Forever, and fireworks. Riverfront Pops is sponsored by McLaughlin Motors, SSAB, Wells Fargo, and Zimmerman Honda.