July 30, 2010 - At last night's annual meeting, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra announced that Allen Ohmes is retiring from his duties as Concertmaster, effective at the conclusion of the 2010-11 Season. Allen Ohmes joined the QCSO as Concertmaster in 1963 and has excelled in this leadership position for 47 seasons.

"Allen and I were scheduling this year's Chamber Music series when he told me of his plans to retire," explained Music Director Mark Russell Smith. "Allen's artistic legacy is one that will be carried on by this organization for years to come."

The QCSO's Spring Chamber Music concert, scheduled for May 21, 2011, in the Hotel Blackhawk's Gold Room will be dedicated to Allen's retirement.


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