Quad City Symphony Orchestra

Quad City Symphony Orchestra

The 37th annual Riverfront Pops concert will not be held at LeClaire Park this summer. Due to damage from flooding, it will move to Arsenal Island. It was relocated to Modern Woodmen Park in 2008 and what is now the TaxSlayer Center in 1993.

Carolyn Martin

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) will perform its joint Side-By-Side Concert with the Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles (QCSYE) on Sunday, April 29, at 3:00 p.m. at the Adler Theatre in Davenport. Pleasant Valley senior Ethan Good, the grand prize winner of the 2018 QCSYE’s Concerto Competition, will play a solo, the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto, with the QCSO.

The collaboration between Jason Platt, a local freelance illustrator, and Marc Zyla, Director of Education and Community Outreach for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) resulted in the production of an illustrated video telling the story behind Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. The video was released in a five-part series, corresponding to the five symphonic movements, just prior to the “Postcards from Paris” performance in October of 2017 by the QCSO.


The Quad City Symphony Orchestra has hired a new Executive Director. Wednesday morning, the board of trustees announced Brian Baxter will start his new job in February. 

Loeb Leaving QCSO

May 10, 2017

After four and-a-half years, the executive director of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra is leaving, and not by choice. Ben Loeb will leave his position officially on June 30th.

Dr. Seuss & the QCSO

Apr 28, 2017

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra will reach out to the community this weekend - with a Family Music Carnival Saturday and special concerts on Sunday.

Credit QCSO

As it prepares to start a new season, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra has decided to keep working with its music director and conductor. This week, the QCSO extended the contract for Mark Russell Smith, through the 2020 season.

Smith is currently serving his ninth season with the symphony. The Board of Trustees president, Sue Honsey, says in a statement, "Although not a local resident, he has become a recognizable face in the Quad Cities community over the past eight years."

Quad City Choral Arts

To celebrate its 101st season, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra will present a work that hasn't been performed in the area for 27 years. Mahler's Symphony #2, known as the "Resurrection Symphony," will be held Saturday and Sunday.

Jon Hurty is director of the Handel Oratorio Society and the Quad City Choral Arts. He says they've been practicing every week since January. 

The Handel Oratorio Society, which includes the Augustana Choir, and the Quad City Choral Arts, will perform during the last movement.

Credit QCSO

Local musicians have a chance to play with the pros, and be part of the largest orchestra ever assembled in the Quad Cities. Next month, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra will hold its first ever Community Wide Side-by-Side concert.