Arts & Culture

RME Hosts 200th Music Lab

Jan 11, 2021
River Music Experience

Thursday, January 7th was a special day for River Music Experience in Davenport and its nearly 10-month-old Music Lab program.

Figge Art Museum

After a crazy, unprecedented year, the Figge Art Museum in Davenport wants your help in looking back at 2020. 

The new exhibit “2020 Vision: You Are Here, You Are Not Alone” has opened in the Figge’s second-floor Mary Waterman Gildehaus Community Gallery and provides several chances for visitors to participate and contribute in person or from home. It offers an opportunity to think, reflect, and create in the present moment with clarity – with 2020 vision.

Deanery School of Music

Jan 4, 2021
Hannah Holman

Hannah Holman, principal cellist with the Quad City Symphony, got an early Christmas present – the keys to the historic Deanery at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Davenport.

Holman has had a longtime dream to start a new music school, which she did online in September, and she’s executive artistic director of the Quad City Music Academy. Following months of negotiations between the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Vestry and her academy’s Board of Directors, Holman now has a 15-year lease on the 90-year-old building and it's now known as The Deanery School of Music.

Margo Price

Taylor Swift isn’t the only artist who's released two albums during quarantine.

Even though she didn’t write or record them during the shutdown since March, country-rock star Margo Price released a live album and a new studio record in 2020. The outspoken 38-year-old native of Aledo, Illinois., also has been a powerful voice this year on social media and several media outlets nationwide – addressing urgent issues like racial injustice, Covid-19 financial relief, political polarization, public

Happy 250th Ludwig Van

Dec 22, 2020

This month, the world has been celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of composer Ludwig van Beethoven, including the Quad City Symphony.  

In all three Masterworks concerts so far this season, the QCSO has featured Beethoven, including the December program, with the Third Symphony (the “Eroica”). Due to Covid, concerts during the last two months have been performed with no live audience, with video recordings available for 30 days after. Composer Jacob Bancks, of Augustana College, who writes the QCSO program notes, admires the orchestra effort.

“I’m aware of what a lot of orchestras have done to cope with the pandemic and keep the music going, and I think the Quad City Symphony’s efforts have been as good as anybody’s. This also from somebody who makes music, as a musician myself -- no one would ever claim that what we have now is superior to a live concert experience."

“I don’t think there’s anything that any orchestra could do, that could replace the intangibles of being in person. It’s the resonance of the concert hall; it’s being in the same room as the musicians. There’s just no substitute for it. That said, I think the symphony has adopted a plan that’s very flexible – that puts the safety of its musician and audience first, and gives us something to keep us coming back.” Bancks also admires the persistence of Beethoven’s herculean personality, overcoming major obstacles, including deafness in later life.

Scribble: Poetry

Dec 19, 2020