The River Continues to flow with QCSO’s Masterworks III
Davenport, IA – Join the Quad City Symphony Orchestra on its musical exploration of the River Thames and Rhine River on December 3rd and 4th. In addition to these river tributes, Masterworks III: Water Music promises a emotionally beautiful concert featuring principal cellist, Hannah Holman, in Elgar’s passionate Cello Concerto.
One of his last major works, Elgar composed the Cello Concerto just after World War I and as the health of his wife was declining. Soloist, Hannah Holman describes the concerto as “a deeply personal piece” that is “very organic, very much in touch with humanity and its roots.” Holman views the piece as Elgar “looking at his entire life through this piece: the good, bad, happy and sad.”
The concert opens with the Handel’s second Water Music suite written for King George I. In a magnificent public display of sovereignty, this work was first performed by a royal entourage of musicians floating down the River Thames. Ending the concert is Schumann’s Rhenish Symphony, which portrays the composer’s love of the stunning Rhine river. Through it was published as his third Symphony, this work is actually Schumann’s last symphony and represents an apex of his orchestral music.
Masterworks III: Water Music is supported by Regional Development Authority and Iowa Arts Council. Tickets start at $15 for adults and $8 for children/students and can be purchased online at www.qcso.org, by phone at 563-322-7276, or at the QCSO Box Office: 327 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52801.