QCSO Season Highlights Revealed

Quad City Symphony Orchestra Opens 101st Season Seats to New Subscribers

The Thrilling 101st Season to Build on the Blockbuster 100-Year Anniversary Celebration

Featuring Monumental Works, Unique Ensembles and New Pops Events


The Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) has just opened seats for new season ticket subscribers.  And in their 101st year they still have something to say.  The thrilling 101st season will build on the blockbuster 100-year anniversary celebration and feature an amazing line-up of Masterworks as well as unique Signature Series ensembles and an expanded Pops event schedule.  All season ticket packages are now open to the public.

The Masterworks programs will begin October 3 and 4 with The Re-Creation, an exact re-creation of the first symphonic concert staged in the symphony’s inaugural season in 1916.  The second program November 7 and 8 will feature the grace of Bach, the romance of Brahms, and the profundity of Shostakovich.  The December 5 and 6 Masterworks will be a sleigh ride of winter fun capturing the spirit of the season with Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, and Mozart’s Piano Concerto #21. 2016 will feature Barber’s lyrical concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony #7 on February 6 and 7.  March 5 and 6 will showcase homegrown Quad Citians including Jacob Bancks, Benjamin Klemme, and Mark Timmerman bringing to life a World Premiere Bassoon Concerto.  Finally, April 2 and 3 will feature a rare treat, Mahler’s massive and moving Symphony #2 “Resurrection”.  Due to the extensive and expensive production featuring more than 200 instrumentalists and singers, Mahler #2 is often a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many concert-goers.  The final event will also feature Quad City Choral Arts.

The unique Signature Series ensemble programs begin with American Moderns, a collaborative effort with the Figge Art Museum on Sunday, September 20, coinciding with the Figge’s last free exhibit day of American Moderns on Paper.  The season also features the Oasis Saxophone Quartet, Horn Trios, Arianna String Quartet and The Joy of Sextets.

Pops events are expanded this coming season.  This year’s Quad City Bank & Trust Riverfront Pops:  Country Legends is to be held Saturday, September 12, 2015.  Again at the Adler Theatre, Holiday Pops boasts three all-new Cirque de la Symphonie performances November 20 and 21, 2015.  A new affordable family concert, The Magical Music of Disney, will perform one show only April 9, 2016.

Mark Russell Smith, QCSO music director and conductor expressed, “our 101st season continues our mission of inspiring, entertaining and engaging our entire community through great music for everyone in the family.”

“People today are seeking all manner of experiences that inspire and that have the ability to transport them to a place of joy and hope for the future, and music is a sometimes overlooked vehicle for that transcendence…especially when enjoyed live,” added Benjamin Loeb, QCSO executive director. 

Individuals and groups reward themselves by experiencing in person this beautifully curated season while taking pride in the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s showcasing of local, national and international talent.  Souls are sure to soar throughout this year’s season.  Group and student pricing is available for most performances.