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QCSO Offers Tickets to Local Organizations

Hoping to introduce more people to classical music and build its audience, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra has started a new program called CAP, or Concert Access Pass. Members of ten partner organizations can receive up to four free tickets for any concert.

Lee Gonzales - Peer Navigator for The Project
Lee Gonzales - Peer Navigator for The Project

One of the ten is The Project which provides services for people with HIV. Lee Gonzales is the Peer Navigator.

"With this partnership, I feel we can bring a whole new light to our clients as far as health care goes, and what we would like to do with them and to se them grow."

Another partner is the SBC Music and Arts Academy in Rock Island. The Director, Carmen Ausborn, says her organization provides services to at-risk children, including music instruction.

"These are children who would ordinarily not have the opportunity to see performances like this, they couldn't afford things like the. And these are the type of experiences that plant seeds in children. I was one of those children, so I'm a living testimony to the power of music, And how it impacts your life."

Some of the other partners for the CAP program are the River Bend Foodbank, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Child Abuse Council.

The QCSO says it hopes more local organizations will join in the future.

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.