Local composer Jacob Bancks will join Beethoven and Brahms on the program for this weekend's performance by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the world premiere of Bancks' Rock Island Line, the the concert will include Beethoven's light-hearted Eighth Symphony and Brahms' cheerful Second Symphony. The concert will be performed on March 8 and 9. Saturday evening's concert is at the Adler Theatre in Davenport at 7:30 p.m., and followed on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at Centennial Hall in Rock Island. This concert is sponsored in memory of Isador, Ruth Evelyn, and Judith Katz, with additional support by Mr. Melvin Berlin. The commission by Jacob Bancks is also supported by the Riverboat Development Authority.
Jacob Bancks is an emerging voice in American music. His music has been praised as "invitingly lyrical" and "colorfully orchestrated" by the New York Times. Among his many performances and commissions are works for the United States Marine Band, Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, eighth blackbird, Pacifica Quartet, Schola Antiqua of Chicago, Cantori New York, the Annapolis Symphony, Soli Deo Gloria, and many others. He currently teaches composition at Augustana College.
On Friday, March 7, Music Director Mark Russell Smith will be joined by composer Jacob Bancks at Inside the Music. Inside the Music is at the Quad City Botanical Center in Rock Island at 12:00 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 inside scoop on the upcoming performances. This is also a great opportunity for music lovers throughout the Quad Cities to meet Maestro Smith and the guest artists in person. The luncheon is just $15 and reservations can be made at www.qcsymphony.com or by calling 563.322.QCSO (7276).
Also on Friday, students are invited to 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 meet Mark Russell Smith. This program is open to any secondary or elementary student and supervising adults. Students should arrive at 7:30 p.m. and pre-register online at www.qcsymphony.com.
Smith and Bancks will also be available 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 overview of the program they are about to experience. This look into the background of the concert's repertoire will be led this weekend by QCSO Executive Director Benjamin Loeb.
Finally, after the Saturday night performance, the entire audience is invited to mingle with the guest artists and many of 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.