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QCSO Side By Side Concert

QCSO Side By Side Concert

QCSO and QCSYEs Side-by-Side Concert featuring a solo performance by the QCSYEs Concerto Competition Grand Prize Winner, Claire Thomsen, flute

QCSO – River of Life

QCSO – River of Life

WAGNER – Dawn and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey from “Götterdammerung” (Rheinfahrt)
R. STRAUSS – Four Last Songs
WAGNER – Prelude and Liebestod from “Tristan und Isolde”
RAVEL – Daphnis and Chloë Suite #2

Mark Russell Smith CONDUCTOR
Heidi Melton SOPRANO

Soprano Heidi Melton returns from triumphant appearances in Carnegie Hall with the Vienna Philharmonic to grace our stages in Richard Strauss’ retrospective and loving Four Last Songs. Wagner’s Dawn and Siegfried’s Rhine Journeytransports us on a river voyage at the time of the twilight of the Gods while Prelude and Liebestod will feature not only our largest orchestra all season, but will also bring Melton back to the stage in the hallmark of German opera arias. Ravel’s throbbing love story Daphnis and Chloe Suite #2 will leave you ecstatically jumping from your seats.

QCSO – River of Life

QCSO – River of Life

WAGNER – Dawn and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey from “Götterdammerung” (Rheinfahrt)
R. STRAUSS – Four Last Songs
WAGNER – Prelude and Liebestod from “Tristan und Isolde”
RAVEL – Daphnis and Chloë Suite #2

Mark Russell Smith CONDUCTOR
Heidi Melton SOPRANO

Soprano Heidi Melton returns from triumphant appearances in Carnegie Hall with the Vienna Philharmonic to grace our stages in Richard Strauss’ retrospective and loving Four Last Songs. Wagner’s Dawn and Siegfried’s Rhine Journeytransports us on a river voyage at the time of the twilight of the Gods while Prelude and Liebestod will feature not only our largest orchestra all season, but will also bring Melton back to the stage in the hallmark of German opera arias. Ravel’s throbbing love story Daphnis and Chloe Suite #2 will leave you ecstatically jumping from your seats.

QCSO – Water Music

QCSO – Water Music

HANDEL – Water Music Suite
ELGAR – Cello Concerto, Op. 85
SCHUMANN – Symphony #3 “Rhenish”

Mark Russell Smith CONDUCTOR
Hannah Holman CELLO

We first explore English and German rivers through Handel’s Water Music, a perennial favorite and Baroque Masterpiece, originally performed right on the Thames. Next, our beloved principal cellist Hannah Holman is spotlighted in Elgar’s lushly emotional Cello Concerto. The program climaxes with Schumann’s epic and swirling Rhine River tribute, Symphony #3.

QCSO – River Romance

QCSO – River Romance

TOBIAS PICKER – Old and Lost Rivers
SMETANA – Moldau
MENDELSSOHN – Scherzo, Nocturne, and Wedding March from A Midsummernight’s Dream, Op. 61
BRAHMS – Piano Concerto #2, Bb Major

Mark Russell Smith CONDUCTOR
Garrick Ohlsson PIANO

The gorgeous and peaceful nostalgia of American composer Tobias Picker’s Old and Lost Rivers and the most famous and popular of all river pieces, Smetana’s colorful, tuneful, and poetic Moldau continue our journey through the world’s waterways. Rounding out the first half is the best of Mendelssohn’s magical and harmonic Incidental Music to Midsummer Night’s Dream including the famous Wedding March. The highlight of the program will be the heroic Quad Cities return of one of America’s greatest pianists, Garrick Ohlsson, in Brahms’ Piano Concerto #2, arguably the most challenging piano concerto ever written.

QCSO – Heroic Mississippi

QCSO – Heroic Mississippi

R. STRAUSS – Don Juan Op. 20
MICHAEL DAUGHERTY – Reflections on the Mississippi
BEETHOVEN – Symphony #3 (Eroica)

Mark Russell Smith CONDUCTOR
Steve Campbell TUBA

A River Journey can be intriguing, sweeping, dramatic, romantic, bold, and thoroughly unexpected.  In our 102nd year – in a community defined by a river – the Quad City Symphony Orchestra will embark on a watery foray exploring rivers around the world through their expressive musical depictions.

Our river adventure begins right at home in Reflections on the Mississippi, the startling and evocative tuba concerto by Iowa’s own Michael Daugherty and featuring Minnesota Orchestra’s Steve Campbell. Our season opener begins with the swashbuckling audience favorite Richard Strauss’ Don Juan, and concludes with Beethoven’s Symphony #3, Eroica.

QCSO – Heroic Mississippi

QCSO – Heroic Mississippi

R. STRAUSS – Don Juan Op. 20
MICHAEL DAUGHERTY – Reflections on the Mississippi
BEETHOVEN – Symphony #3 (Eroica)

Mark Russell Smith CONDUCTOR
Steve Campbell TUBA

A River Journey can be intriguing, sweeping, dramatic, romantic, bold, and thoroughly unexpected.  In our 102nd year – in a community defined by a river – the Quad City Symphony Orchestra will embark on a watery foray exploring rivers around the world through their expressive musical depictions.

Our river adventure begins right at home in Reflections on the Mississippi, the startling and evocative tuba concerto by Iowa’s own Michael Daugherty and featuring Minnesota Orchestra’s Steve Campbell. Our season opener begins with the swashbuckling audience favorite Richard Strauss’ Don Juan, and concludes with Beethoven’s Symphony #3, Eroica.

Quad City Symphony

Quad City Symphony

I am very happy to accept Maestro Mark Russell Smith‘s invitation to play the position of Interim Bass Trombone for the Quad City Symphony’s 2016-2017 season. Follow the links below to learn about each of the wonderful river inspired programs we will…