Quad City Arts announces the spring semester of artists in residence for the 2022-2023 school year. The 49th season of the Visiting Artist Series will resume with a weeklong visit from trans-Atlantic band Skye Consort and Emma Björling Jan. 23-27. Residencies will continue through May 2023 and will focus on presenting outreach engagements in schools and community sites in and around the Quad Cities.
January artists in residence Skye Consort and Emma Bjorling perform arrangements of songs & tunes from Sweden, Norway, Ireland, Scotland, England, Québec, Acadia, the USA, as well as original compositions. Each musician brings their own individual interpretation to these traditions to create this extraordinary collaboration, consisting of voices, fiddle, nyckelharpa, cello, bouzouki, banjo, and percussion.
During their residency, they will give informal performances open to the public 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 at the Moline Public Library, and then two performances Thursday, Jan. 26, the first at 2:30 p.m. as part of the Jackson Concert Series at Wesley United Methodist Church, Muscatine, Iowa, and then at 7 p.m. at the Bettendorf Public Library.
This engagement of Ngaiire is made possible in part through the Performing Arts Global Exchange program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts with assistance from the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Embassy of Australia in Washington, D.C.
Four of this spring’s artists are featured in Quad City Arts’ Performing Arts Signature Series. Attendees can enjoy a spotlight performance from an artist in residence along with complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. An event with Skye Consort and Emma Björling is 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Rogalski Center, St. Ambrose University, Davenport. Broken Box Mime Theater will perform at a PASS 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at The J Bar, Davenport. Eisenhower Dance Detroit is featured at an event 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at the Figge Art Museum, Davenport. The PASS season ends with a barge party on the Mississippi River featuring Martha Redbone 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 10. For more details and ticket information, visit https://www.quadcityarts.com/pass.html.
Since 1974, the Visiting Artist Series has engaged Quad City residents of all ages in quality arts experiences with professional performing artists. Artists of various disciplines present demonstrations, workshops, and master classes at pre-K sites, elementary, intermediate, and high schools as well as college campuses and community organizations.
For more information on this residency program, visit https://www.quadcityarts.com/vas.html.