QCSO Launches “Communities in Concert” Initiative

Quad City Symphony Orchestra Launches

“Communities in Concert” Initiative

First Groups Engaged are the Military, and Music Teachers


So what does one do after a blockbuster 100th anniversary celebration? After the 100th season which featured the massive 100 Years, 100 Cellos project and superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma in the Concert of the Century, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) was seeking the best way to foray into a new century of music making. The question is answered! 

The QCSO has launched Communities in Concert, an initiative designed to renew the effort to reach out and engage Quad Cities’ communities by inviting and welcoming them into their orchestral family.  Two communities (the military and music teachers) have already been selected for the special programs.                                   

The QCSO is collaborating with the USO of Illinois at the Rock Island Arsenal to provide tickets to active duty, Guard and Reserve military and their guests to attend Masterworks III:  Winter Fun, December 5 and 6, 2015 and Masterworks VI:  The Resurrection, April 2 and 3, 2016 through the USO’s Tickets for Troops program.

“We have a lot of options for our troops in the Chicago area but fewer in the Quad Cities, and our troops have been asking for more entertainment here,” shared Jackie Inman, Rock Island Center Director, USO of Illinois.  “We’re really appreciative of the opportunity to make symphony performances available to our troops.”

Another Communities in Concert event is planned with the Federated Music Teachers Association of the Quad Cities (FMTA).   Comprised principally of piano teachers and students, the FMTA will invite their members and students to enjoy the Masterworks III program that showcases FMTA member and St. Ambrose University piano professor Marian Lee in Mozart’s Piano Concerto #21.

“The FMTA is all about great music.  This unique program helps us deliver superb performances to our members and students and provides us with a great networking platform,” hummed Joyce Hesse, FMTA-QC President.

Each group is provided special offers and a chance to see future performances at a discount.

“We see Communities in Concert as a way to fulfill our mission of cultural leadership in the Quad Cities community,” said Benjamin Loeb, QCSO Executive Director.  “The QCSO has a variety of conversations in progress with additional QC communities, and we invite anyone interested to reach out to us to develop a program.  We’ve survived here 100 years because we’re a vibrant part of this community, and we want to increase our outreach and engagement as we advance into the next century.”