Something for everyone at Masterworks season opening

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra starts is new season with a weekend full of celebration and music. The concert itself is anchored by a performance of Brahms’ First Piano Concerto by the acclaimed pianist Jonathan Biss. The concert will also open with a world premiere piece commissioned by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra from composer Michael Torke. And as if this wasn’t enough, the concert also includes the audience favorite Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra with an original and personalized narration from WVIK-Augustana Public Radio host and local personality Don Wooten. This concert is an event not to be missed.

Masterworks I

Saturday, October 5, at 7:30 p.m., Adler Theatre, Davenport

Sunday, October 6, at 2:00 p.m., Centennial Hall, Rock Island

Masterworks I is sponsored by Margaret Burrows-Getz and Tom Getz, MD, in memory of Meg Burrows LeGrand

Not only is there something for everyone during the performance, but there is also a little something for everyone to be found in the events surrounding the concerts.

Jonathan Biss will be hosting a Master Class at West Music in Moline on Thursday, October 3, at 4:00 p.m. During the Master Class students from around the Quad Cities will perform their recital pieces for Biss and he will offer his professional advice. The students are pre-selected for the class, but all are welcome to come watch the classes and glean from Biss’ insights.

Then on Friday, October 4, Michael Torke will be offering his insight on music and the art of composition at both St. Ambrose University and Augustana College. Michael Torke will begin his day at 10:30 a.m. with a presentation and Master Class at St. Ambrose University in Madsen Hall of the Galvin Fine Arts Center. And he will also deliver a 2:00 p.m. presentation in Bergendoff Hall at Augustana College. Both of these presentations will be attended by compositions student and are open for the public to attend.

Between these classes, both Biss and Torke will join Music Director Mark Russell Smith for the brand new Inside the Music Luncheon beginning at the Figge Art Museum on Friday, October 4, at noon. This luncheon is hosted by Volunteers for Symphony. Inside the Music is a great place to grab a bite to eat for lunch and get the backstory on the upcoming performances. This is also a great opportunity for music lovers throughout the Quad Cities to meet these internationally acclaimed artists. The luncheon is $20 and reservations can be made at or by calling 563.322.QCSO (7276).

Also on Friday, students are specifically invited sit in on a dress rehearsal and get the inside perspective through Students@Symphony. During a break in the rehearsal, the students will have an opportunity to come meet both pianist Jonathan Biss and conductor Mark Russell Smith. This program is open to any secondary or elementary student and supervising adults. Students should arrive at 7:30 and pre-register online at

On Saturday night, the opening celebration of our 99th season begins with a party at downtown Davenport’s newest restaurant: The Office. This party is the perfect place to meet up with your friends and enjoy some elegant hor’doeuvres, including crab and asiago gougeres, Thai chicken curry lettuce wraps, lamb kofta skewers, and more. The Office has also invented some special drinks for the occasion including the "Torke Twister” and the "Symphony 99.” Reservations for this party are $99, all inclusive with open bar. And $50 of your $99 is a tax-deductible donation to the QCSO, so there will be no silent auctions or raffles–just food, friends, and fun! Reservations can be made online at
Music Director Mark Russell Smith, Michael Torke, and Jonathan Biss will also be available to chat with Kai Swanson during Concert Conversations, held in the concert hall an hour before each of the weekend's concerts. At Concert Conversations the audience is given a quick tour of the program they are about to experience. This look into the background of the concert's repertoire is in its sixteenth year and has become an audience favorite.

Finally, after the Saturday night performance, the entire audience is invited to mingle with the guest artists,  Mark Russell Smith, and many of the the musicians of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in the lobby of the Hotel Blackhawk at Afterglow. The evening includes free hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, and always remarkable repartee. 

Master Class with Jonathan Biss

Thursday, October 3, at 4:00 p.m., West Music, Moline

Presentation by Michael Torke

Friday, October 4, at 10:30 a.m., Madsen Hall, Galvin Fine Arts Center, St. Ambrose University

Inside the Music Luncheon

Friday, October 4, at 12:00 noon

Reservations: $20

Contact: or 563.322.QCSO (7276)

Figge Art Museum, Davenport

Presentation and Master Class by Michael Torke

Friday, October 4, at 2:00 p.m., Bergerndoff Hall, Augustana College


Friday, October 4, at 7:30 p.m., Adler Theatre, Davenpot

Season Opening Party

Saturday, October 5, at 5:00 p.m.

Contact: or 563.424.7735

The Office Restaurant, Davenport

Concert Conversations

Saturday, October 5, at 6:30, Adler Theatre, Davenport

Sponsored by Rich James, Wells Fargo Financial Advisors


Saturday, October 5, immediately following the concert

Hotel BlackHawk, adjacent to the Adler Theatre/RiverCenter

Sponsored by the Wheelan-Pressly Family of Funeral Homes

Concert Conversations

Sunday, October 6, at 1:00 p.m., Centennial Hall, Rock Island

Sponsored by Rich James, Wells Fargo Financial Advisors

Please join us for this exciting weekend of festivities as we celebrate the beginning of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s 99th season. Tickets, information, and reservations can be found at or by calling 563.322.QCSO (7276).