The 39th annual Visiting Artist Series of Quad City Arts launches this week, bringing 31 artists in eight residencies to the Quad-Cities, reaching more than 50,000 people in schools and other locations.|
The series offers students and the public a chance to see professionally touring, internationally known artists. One- to two-week residencies provide in-depth and often repeated contact between the artist and audience. Artists give 45-minute educational performances at three schools or community sites each day.
Each residency concludes with a public concert in a traditional concert hall, all offered for free or at a low ticket price.
The Celtic group Craicmore starts its one-week residency today. The four-member band will perform three times a day in schools and for the Moline Public Library and Maquoketa Community College.
Their public concert, co-presented by the First Presbyterian Church (Davenport) Performing Arts Series, is at 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and may be purchased at the door or by calling (563) 326-1691.
The rest of this season's series is listed below. For more information, visit quadcityarts.com/VAS.asp.
Sept. 24-29: Doktor Kaboom!
An interactive one-man science variety show suitable for all audiences. The creation of actor/comedian David Epley, Doktor Kaboom! creatively blends theatre arts and humor with the wonders of scientific exploration.
Oct. 22-27: Pianist Leon Bates
A Philadelphia native, this African-American artist has performed and taught all over the U.S. and the world, last here as soloist with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in April 2009. Mr. Bates has performed with many of the major U.S. symphonies, such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony and the Boston Symphony, among others.
Nov. 5-18: Electric violinist Mark Wood
An original member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mr. Wood is a recording artist, performer, producer, inventor and Emmy-winning composer. He performed with local junior-high and high-school students last February in a Rock Island High School concert, and he will be the featured soloist for this season's QCSO Holiday Pops.
Jan. 21-26: The Lula Washington Dance Theatre
A Los Angeles-based dance ensemble that performs innovative and provocative choreography by Lula Washington, the acclaimed company tours internationally. Ms. Washington has focused on using dance to explore social and humanitarian issues, including aspects of African-American history and culture.
Feb. 4-16: Guitarist David Burgess
His international appearances as soloist and chamber musician have taken him to concert halls throughout North and South America, Europe and the Far East, along with numerous appearances as an orchestral soloist. Mr. Burgess has been featured with the Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York and the American Chamber Orchestra at the Kennedy Center.
Feb. 25 – March 9: The New York Empire Trio
Their repertoire ranges from early classics to the music of today -- works from the standard chamber music literature and little-known masterworks. The trio of piano, violin and cello has led chamber music master classes at universities around the country. The musicians have developed a specialization in Eastern European composers, including Bulgarian composer Roumi Petrova, who wrote "Fanfare for Obama," which the trio performed at Carnegie Hall in honor of the newly-elected president.
April 8-13: ETHEL
This New York-based quartet of two violins, viola and cello "infuses contemporary concert music with fierce intensity, questioning the boundaries between performer and audience, tradition and technology," according to Quad City Arts. ETHEL performs adventurous music of the past four decades, with
emphasis on works composed since 1995.