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100 Years, 100 Cellos Project

The 2014-15 season marks the 100th Anniversary of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. To cap off our historic season which opened with an appearance by pianist André Watts and ends with a performance of Beethoven’s glorious Symphony #9 "Ode to Joy”, world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma will give a one-night-only performance with the QCSO on May 14, 2015. In recognition of his appearance and our auspicious season and to benefit the mission of the QCSO, Volunteers for Symphony launched "100 Years, 100 Cellos”, a fantastic collaboration of the art world and the music world that will place 100 painted (or decorated) cellos around the Quad Cities in the spring culminating with a ticketed event on May 29, 2015 (our actual anniversary) at the Figge Art Museum. At this event, the ticketed public will be able to see a display of all 100 cellos. 

A live auction of 10 painted cellos will be held at the Party of the Century Pre-Concert Party in the Gold Room at the historic Hotel Blackhawk before the Yo-Yo Ma concert on May 14. Two celebrity cellos will be available for bid through a special silent auction ending at the Yo-Yo Ma Dessert Reception.

The 100 cellos painted and displayed around the community makes a beautiful statement of the link between the visual and audio arts and bring a powerful general awareness of the arts in the Quad Cities. In addition to the funds raised through both live and silent auctions, the remaining cellos are sponsored at $1,000 each by individuals and businesses throughout the Quad Cities and beyond.  Additionally, we are creating a commemorative 100 Years, 100 Cellos book that will show photographs of all 100 cellos and will be available for purchase at the end of year events.

The fundraising goal is to net $100,000 in support of QCSO music education programs. So many children benefit from the music we provide at no cost to the schools. These programs include School Engagement Tours and classroom visits, Symphony Day, Instruments for Kids and Students@Symphony. We also provide opportunities for young performers in our five orchestral training and performance ensembles (the QCSYEs).

We truly hope you will consider being part of "100 Years, 100 Cellos” and help celebrate the Quad City Symphony’s 100th Anniversary.