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Upcoming Events, Performances, and Fundraising: A Look into the Quad City Symphony Orchestra

In this episode of "What's Happenin' QC," host Marc Zyla sits down with Brian Baxter from the Quad City Symphony Orchestra to discuss the exciting events on the horizon. Brian kicks things off by talking about the much-anticipated Masterworks II performance featuring Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2. He eagerly highlights that this will be the Quad Cities debut for pianist Michelle Cann, adding an extra air of anticipation to the event. Brian also dives into the upcoming "QCSO at the Movies" performance of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, which is set to take place during the bustling Festival of Trees weekend.


The conversation then shifts to the recent performance of Nightmare Before Christmas, with Marc commenting on the unique challenges of a musical with constant music. Brian wholeheartedly agrees, describing the show as a whirlwind of melodies with little time to rest. He goes on to share the positive reception of pre-show activities like trick or treating, which added an extra layer of fun to the evening.


Brian goes on to provide details about the Symphony Orchestra's annual fundraising gala called the Soiree. He highlights the extensive planning involved and stresses the importance of raising funds for the orchestra's education programs. The recent theme of "Shaken, Not Stirred," inspired by James Bond, is also discussed, including the exciting display of special vehicles and items from the Ian Fleming Foundation.


Before wrapping up, Brian takes the opportunity to promote upcoming QCSO performances such as Holiday Brass. He also encourages listeners to explore local events to combat the winter blues.

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.