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Lee Solos With QCSO


Pianist Marian Lee will solo this weekend with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. For just the second time Lee will be the featured soloist, performing J.S. Bach’s Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F Minor.

She says having a smaller, socially-distanced orchestra because of the pandemic, is giving the QCSO a chance to do smaller pieces that people normally wouldn’t hear. The orchestra has never performed a Bach keyboard concerto in its 106-season history.

“That’s why I was so thrilled and I believe the maestro is excited as well. Normally, they wouldn’t consider doing something like this. So in an odd way, Covid has offered me opportunities I may not have gotten otherwise.”

The Bach concerto features a small string ensemble, with no wind or brass players.

“Another odd positive twist to that, for the first time my family can watch me online - from Columbus, Ohio, and L.A. and New York. They can hear me and watch me live, and maybe have a better seat in the house than they normally would.”

It will be videotaped for digital access starting Sunday at 2 p.m. for 30 days, until January 6.

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.