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'Talking Art' With QCSO's Marc Zyla, On Upcoming Har Mar Superstar Concert

Andy Witchger (Creative Commons) / Courtesy of Marc Zyla
R&B/pop singer Har Mar Superstar and Marc Zyla, Quad City Symphony Orchestra Director of Education and Community Outreach

An experimental and genre-defying concert will be performed on Saturday, May 11, at the Rust Belt venue in East Moline. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra has joined forces with Moeller Nights to present the R&B/pop performer Har Mar Superstar (whose real name is Sean Tillmann) in concert with the QCSO.

The Rust Belt, with its standing room industrial space and full-service bars is a stark contrast to the usual performance venues for an orchestra. But what the Quad Citizen will find that night is the eclectic pairing of two “sporty” chamber orchestra sets featuring Bach, Bartok, Stravinsky, and the contemporary composer Bettendorf, followed by a third set of the high-energy performer Har Mar Superstar’s favorite music in a modern setting.

Dr. Bill Campbell, Chair of the Music Department at St. Ambrose University, has done the arranging for the Har Mar Superstar set in conjunction with the guitarist Ethan Elseth. The composer Carl Christian Bettendorf (possibly related to the early Bettendorf family), whose original work Pamplisest will be played during the second set, will also be in attendance that night.

Listen to the conversation here with Marc Zyla, Director of Education & Community Engagement for the QCSO, about the experimental and artistic risks that the QCSO has been undertaking, the importance of appealing to a broader audience in classical music, and why you should witness this collaborative and creative event.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online.

Carolyn Martin joined WVIK as a host of Talking Art in 2017. A long-time fan of NPR programming with a love of storytelling and all art forms, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to speak with creative people who beautify our community and make the Quad Cities region an even better place to live.
Marc Zyla joined WVIK, Quad Cities NPR in May 2022 as the Director of Community Engagement. Prior to that Zyla had been the Director of Education and Community Engagement with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, where he continues to perform as Principal Horn. Zyla believes that there is something for everyone in public radio and brings passion and creativity to his position as Director of Community Engagement.
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