Two of the most prolific and notable composers of all time will be the focus of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra's fifth virtual presentation in the musicians' 2020-21 Masterworks series, with the March 7 presentation A Little Night Music showcasing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's spirit-lifting Serenade in G major, Eine kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music) and Johannes Brahms' rich, enchanting Serenade No. 2, op. 16.

Presented by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and public-radio station WVIK in conjunction with the Figge Art Museum's eagerly awaited For America, that exhibition title is shared with the latest presentation in the WVIK/QCSO Signature Series – a concert event, taking place at the Figge on February 27, boasting the talents of Emily Nash on violin, Bruno Silva on viola, and Kit Polen on bass.

It took me, like, a minute into the first track on Iowa City experimental rock crew Nraakors’ album Hoppel Poppel to decide that I frickin' love this band.

Troll Trax Studios’ fiery compilation of Quad Cities technical death metal and grind core titled The Cave Compilation landed in January and laid out an entire roster of like-minded Midwest metal freaks that all proved capable of shredding our guts to pieces.

In the wake of Princess Dismal, December 2020’s album’s worth of outtakes that proved just as compelling as his typical “proper” album material, Rock Island’s resident drone kingpin and improbably prolific composer Terry Skaggs hovers back into view with a new batch of extended ambient meditations titled My Atlas of Never-Taken Paths.

Late in 2019, Iowa City's ZUUL dragged a large pile of small amps into a warehouse in Washington, Iowa. Even with a half-dozen amplifiers, an organ, drums, and sundry recording equipment, the three-piece barely took up more than a corner. The intention: to capture the minimalist intensity of their howling noise rock in a cavernous empty space, with microphones placed at intervals near and far to catch it all.

The Quad Cities-based doom-metal duo Murnau return to sizzle our brain stems with their new record Salamander, due on March 1 via the band’s own Wilhelm & Sons Entertainment Company.

When Ryuichi Sakamoto, the electronic music pioneer and esteemed elder statesman of the Japanese and international music scenes, was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2014, it felt like a crippling blow to the canon of living legends that walk, perform, and dine among us.

An early St. Patrick's Day bash boasting an acclaimed, Emmy Award-nominated Irish tenor, the University of Dubuque's Heritage Center hosts a virtual performance of Ireland with Michael Londra on February 26, treating audiences to a celebration of Irish culture, heritage, and glorious music from the comfort of their homes.

Appearing as the latest guests in the venue's online series Stages, noted composers and musicians Jean-François Charles & Ramin Roshandel will ascend the (virtual) stage for Iowa City's Englert Theatre, their February 17 showcase demonstrating the talents of an assistant professor at the University of Iowa School of Music and a PhD candidate at the very same institution.

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