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QCSO and Yo-Yo Ma

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A big idea, and six months of phone calls, have paid off for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. Thursday night (5/14) it will celebrate the end of its 100th season with a concert, featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Orchestra executive director, Ben Loeb, says the world famous cellist has a very busy schedule and receives a lot of requests like this.
Along with overtures by Brahms and Tchaikovsky, Yo-Yo Ma will play the Dvorak Cello Concerto.

The 100th season opened last fall with another top soloist, pianist Andre Watts.
Formerly known as the Tri-City Symphony, it played its first concert on May 29th, 1916. 
The concert is sold out, but will be carried live on WVIK beginning at 7 pm Thursday in collaboration with Iowa Public Radio. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.