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Talking Art with Emily Nash and Bruno Silva

Photo by Todd Rosenberg

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra will perform a tribute to the unique sound of American music with their Signature Series III concert on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 7:30 PM, inspired by the Figge Art Museum’s exhibition For America. This intimate string trio performance will be available for a limited socially distanced audience at the Figge as well as via digital access/live streaming.

Emily Nash, Associate Concertmaster and violinist; Bruno Silva, violist; and Kit Pollen, Associate Principal and double bassist for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, will perform works by three American composers.  The first portion of the program features Silent Moon by Augusta Read Thomas, three movements written for violin and viola which evoke the stillness of winter.  After a brief pause, the tempo and style will change with six selections being played by the composers Edgar Meyer and Mark O’Connor - bluegrass/folk compositions hailing from their Appalachia Waltz album in 1996 and from Appalachian Journey in 2000 that they recorded with cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Listen to the conversation here with musicians Emily Nash and Bruno Silva about how they plan to showcase and celebrate the variety of American music that a string trio can perform, the technical reasons behind the compositional arranging by Bruno Silva, and the unique joy of being a married couple working and playing music together.

You can purchase both in-person and digital access tickets here.