Youth and professional musicians to perform side by side

Hundreds of musicians of all ages will fill the Adler Theatre stage on February 1 as the professional musicians of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra perform side-by-side with the Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles for the first time ever. All four youth orchestras will have their moment to shine as they perform music by Dvorák, Strauss, Schubert, Saint-Saëns, and Shostakovich. The concert also features a concerto performance by Robert Spurgeon, the 2014 Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles Concerto Competition winner, for the first time ever accompanied by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra led by Music Director and Conductor Mark Russell Smith. Spurgeon will be performing Saint-Saëns' Concerto No. 1 for Cello. Tickets for this concert start at $10, with 50% off for student tickets. The concert is at the Adler Theatre on February 1 at 4:00 p.m. This concert is sponsored by UnityPoint Health - Trinity, with additional funding from The Hubbell-Waterman Foundation.
Robert Spurgeon, age 17, son of John and Eloise Spurgeon, is a junior in high school. He is the youngest of four children, all were home schooled. He attends Carl Sandburg College for part of his high school education. Robert started piano lessons at five years of age. He has studied cello with Carolyn Suda, a member of the faculty of Monmouth College and Knox College, since the age six. Besides the honor of soloing with the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra, Robert also won the Central Illinois Young Artists Competition. He will be soloing with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra for the 60th annual student concerts in Peoria. He was also recently chosen through a taped National audition to play in the Pre College cello Master Class at the upcoming ASTA (American String Teachers Association) National conference in Louisville, Kentucky this spring. Every summer, Robert has attended various camps including Credo in Oberlin, OH; Suzuki Summer Music Camp in Chicago: and Sound Encounters in Kansas. Robert also recently played in a Master Class given by Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir through the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.

Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles

& the Quad City Symphony Orchestra

Side X Side
Robert Spurgeon, cello
Saturday, February 1, at 4:00 p.m.
Adler Theatre, Davenport
This concert is sponsored by UnityPoint Health - Trinity
Additional funding is provided by The Hubbell-Waterman Foundation  
Tickets for the Side X Side concert start at $10, with a 50% discount for student tickets. Tickets are available at 563.322.QCSO (7276) or by visiting Tickets will also be available at the door.