Strike out on the Inca Trail

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra presents the music of the Inca Trail with Caminos del Inka on June 1 at the Figge Art Museum. Accompanied by a choreographed visual slide show and documentary footage, QCSO principal flutist Jessica Waren-Acosta and harpist Marguerite Lynn Williams perform music from South America. The doors open at 6:30 pm with free hor d'oeuvres and a cash bar. The concert will begin at 8:00 p.m.

Caminos del Inka is dedicated to the discovery and perseveration of the music of the Americas. They create relationships with native musicians from Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, and Argentina to help preserve their rich musical traditions. Through extensive research, interviews, and filming, Caminos del Inka captures the unique sounds and rhythms used in these traditional songs through both transcriptions of music and commissions new works. The resulting repertoire is performed all over the world. Other presentations of Caminos del Inka, include the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

An audiovisual presentation containing documentary style photos and video is choreographed to the music. These images enhance the audiences understanding of the cultural and historical aspects of the music. Caminos del Inka works closely with traditional musicians from the Americas to create the most actuate educational film. As a result of their work, people will be able to access and enjoy the rich music and more thoroughly understand the historical and cultural context.

The Figge Art Museum will also be providing tours of its Art and Devotion in Viceregal New Spain exhibit from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Focusing on the Spanish colonial period of present-day Mexico and Central America, this gallery includes a large collection of religious and devotional art. These works frequently were used in the religious rites and ceremonies of the liturgy or for private devotion. Indeed, an inextricable bond existed between the Church and the image-making traditions of Hispanic cultures.

Performing in this concert is Jessica Warren-Acosta, principal flute of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Warren-Acosta has concertized on three continents and appeared as a soloist with the Chicago, Atlanta, Baltimore, Fort Worth, and Omaha Symphony Orchestras among others, as well as at numerous international music festivals including the Spoleto USA Festival where she gave the American Premiere of Pascal Dusapin’s Flute Concerto, "Galim.” She gave her New York recital debut in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 1998.

Joining Ms. Warren-Acosta is Principal Harpist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Marguerite Lynn Williams. Ms. Williams has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra member. She has been awarded prizes in numerous competitions including the American Harp Society’s National Competition. She has appeared with the Chicago Symphony, Minnesota, Milwaukee Symphony, Ravinia Festival, Toronto Symphony, and San Diego Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets are just $25 each. Seating is limited; Reserve a ticket at 563.322.QCSO or online at www.qcsymphony.com.