Quad City Symphony Orchestra Awarded Largest RDA Grant

Quad City Symphony Orchestra Awarded Largest RDA Grant

Grant Supports QCSO Masterworks Performances for Three Seasons


The Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) received some great news today.  The QCSO was awarded the single largest grant committed by the Riverboat Development Authority (RDA) during the Fall 2015 Grant Cycle.

The award totals $90,000 and will be awarded over three years supporting the QCSO’s core classical music product, the Masterworks Series, which each year features both cherished classical masterpieces as well as innovative commissions and new works.  $30,000 per season will support QCSO Masterworks Series for the 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.

“The RDA is strongly supportive of the QC Symphony and its importance as a vital cultural amenity and also in its ability to add economically to the community,” said RDA President Randy Rathje.”

“The QCSO was thrilled to hear of this award in support of our Masterworks performances.  It will be a critical part of sustaining our ability to stage high caliber symphonic performances, enhance our concert and educational offerings and even possibly move more musicians to the Quad Cities. This is what the Quad Cities deserves,” shared QCSO Executive Director Benjamin Loeb.  “The QCSO works tirelessly every day to fulfill our mission to inspire, entertain, and engage the entire Quad Cities community through superb symphonic music, music education, and cultural leadership.  This award will help assure our position in the Quad Cities continues for many seasons.”

“Our audience and patrons are often surprised to learn that ticket sales cover only about one third of our expenses to present our magnificent concerts,” shared Director of Development Stephen Mohr.  “This funding from the RDA helps to keep tickets affordable for our audience, and its recognition of our value to the community is both encouraging and appreciated.”

The QCSO is focused on community vitality and quality of life delivering a variety of enriching experiences for adults and kids alike throughout the region.

The next QCSO Masterworks performances are Saturday, December 5th at 8:00 p.m. at the Adler Theatre in Davenport, and Sunday, December 6th at 2:00 p.m. at Centennial Hall on the Augustana College campus in Rock Island.  The performance will feature St. Ambrose University professor Marian Lee on piano in Mozart’s Piano Concerto #21.  It also captures the spirit of the season featuring Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Humperdinck’s Prelude to Hansel and Gretel and Sleigh Rides by Mozart, Prokofiev, Delius, and Anderson.