QCSO Recap by Iowa Public Radio

Among the many great conversations I had a few weeks ago before the premiere of Rock Island Line with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra was a brief interview with Barney Sherman of Iowa Public Radio. Barney followed up with a great blog post, “Iowa Orchestras Make Music - About Iowa.”

He did not want his Mississippi to sound like Smetana’s Moldau, a deeply moving depiction of Bohemia’s great river. (Ironically, Smetana borrowed the Moldau’s main tune from Swedish folk music, but never mind.) Bancks’s piece also refers to Quad Cities native Bix Beiderbecke and to the sounds of trains. More than that, he tries to capture that expansive feeling you get when you look out over the Quad Cities -an experience everyone should make a point of having! I find it indescribable (it’s part of why I love the Quads), and I can’t wait to hear how Bancks makes us feel it in his music.


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The U.S. Marine Band rehearses The Information Age On Nunobiki Ropeway in Kobe, Japan With composers Akemi Naito and Christopher C. S. Boyle in Kobe
Signing CDs with Makoto Nakura after Kobe City Philharmoic Chorus concert With the Kyoto Gewandhauschor A performance of O Magnum Mysterium at Augustana College
At UChicago with composers Dylan Schneider, Iddo Aharony, Andres Carrizio, Shulamit Ran, and Marta Ptaszynska Kara and Jacob with composers Augusta Read Thomas and Bernard Rands With composer Shulamit Ran
With musicians Julia Bentley, Claudia Lasareff-Mironoff, and Kuang-Hao Huang With conductor Ryan McAdams Jake and Kara with the Proper Glue Duo, awaiting the premiere of ...among the leaves... at Carnegie Hall
In New York, March 2008 With Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon With Milton Babbitt, Ralph Jackson, and Del Bryant