Visiting Artist Series

The Visiting Artist Series, a unique arts residency program, hosts accomplished performing artists and ensembles in residence for community engagements. It reaches an estimated 41,000 individuals in preschools, elementary, junior high and high schools, colleges and universities, public libraries, community sites, workplaces, and public concert venues.

Since 1974, the Visiting Artist Series has brought educational lectures and demonstrations from artists in residence into six Iowa and Illinois counties. This series offers quality arts programming to audiences regardless of location or financial status and provides accessible and high-quality arts experiences to Quad City area students and residents.

 

Grace Kelly
Jazz saxophonist & vocalist
This saxophonist, singer, and composer plays with the heart and passion of an old soul and the genre-bending zest and energy of a 24-year-old.

Artist website: www.gracekellymusic.com

Residency Dates
September 17-22 and October 9-11, 2017

Residency Resources
Workshops/Clinics/MasterClasses
Grace Kelly Workshop Brochure

Public Performance
Sunday, September 17, 2017 – 6 pm
Polyrhythms 3rd Sunday Jazz in the Redstone Room
River Music Experience, 129 N. Main St., Davenport
$10 general admission, $15 reserved seating
For tickets, call 563-326-1333 (River Music Experience) or 309-373-0790

PASS Performance
Thursday, September 21, 2017 – 6:30 pm
R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center
Palmer College, Davenport


Infinitus
String trio
A critically acclaimed beatboxing string trio known for their unique sound and upbeat performance style.

Ensemble website: www.infinitusmusic.com

Residency Dates
October 2-6, 2017

Residency Resource
Study Guide

Public Performance
Friday, Oct. 6 – 7 pm
Pleasant Valley High School, Bettendorf, IA
This performance is free and open to the public; donations accepted

PASS Performance
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 – 6:30 pm
Crow Valley Country Club, Davenport

 



PROJECT Trio
Bass, flute, and cello
Blending their classical training with eclectic tastes in jazz, rock, hip-hop, this high energy chamber music ensemble makes an impact on audiences of all ages.

Ensemble website: www.projecttrio.com

Residency Dates
October 17-20, 2017

Residency Resource
Study Guide

Public Performance
Friday, Oct. 20  –  7 pm
Bettendorf High School Performing Arts Center
This performance is free and open to the public; donations accepted

PASS Performance
Thursday, October 19 – 6:30 pm
Letter2Word / Grace Engineered Products, Davenport

 



Giordano Dance Chicago
Jazz/contemporary dance
This innovative jazz dance troupe often expands the very definition of jazz dance, and brings this invaluable American art form to audiences of all ages.

Company website: www.giordanodance.org

Residency Dates
November 6-10, 2017

Residency Resource
Click here for videos, and enter the password: gusGDC

Public Performance
Friday, November 10, 2017 – 7:30 pm
Galvin Fine Arts Center, St. Ambrose University, Davenport
Cost: $17 for general admission, $15 for alumni and senior citizens, $11 for students and children
Tickets: Call (563) 333-6251

PASS Performance
Thursday, November 9, 2017 – 6:30 pm
Waterfront Convention Center, Bettendorf

 


 

Andrew Collins Trio
Mandolin, guitar, and bass
A multi-talented group of performers, instrumentalists and educators showcasing a popular collision of bluegrass, folk, jazz, classical and swing, not to mention a variety of instruments on stage.

Ensemble website: www.andrewcollinstrio.com

Residency Resources
Information for Schools

Residency Dates
Nov. 14-16, 2017
Public Performance: To be announced

 

 


 

Charlotte Blake Alston
Storyteller
Breathing life into traditional and contemporary stories from African and African American traditions. Her wide repertoire is adapted to any grade level or age group.

Artist website: www.charlotteblakealston.com

Residency Dates
February 12-23, 2018

Residency Resources
Workshop Offerings
Tech Information for Schools
Study Guide

Public Performance
Friday, February 23 – 7:00 pm
Butterworth Center, Moline
This performance is free and open to the public; donations accepted

This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Iowa Arts Council (a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs), the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and the Crane Group.

 



Tesla Quartet
String quartet
A Juilliard-trained ensemble which brings refinement and prowess to both new and established repertoire. Community involvement and outreach are integral parts of the Tesla Quartet’s mission.

Ensemble website: www.teslaquartet.com

Residency Dates
March 5-10, 2018

Public Performance
Saturday, March 10, 2018 – 7:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church, Davenport
Visit www.fpcdavenport.org/PAS.htm for tickets.

PASS Performance
Wednesday, March 7 – 6:30 pm
Genesis East Campus, Davenport

 



Corey Kendrick
Jazz pianist
Praised by Downbeat Magazine as a “very accomplished, highly gifted jazz pianist” with “a patient, maturing voice,” he released his debut album, “Rootless,” in June 2016.

Artist website: www.coreykendrick.com

Residency Dates
March 6-10, 2018

Public Performance
Friday, March 9 – 7:00pm
The Pleasant Valley High School Black Box Theatre, Bettendorf
This performance is free and open to the public; donations accepted

 


Akropolis Reed Quintet
Reed ensemble
Championing the next generation of maverick musicians, and delivering impactful school outreach, their dynamic concerts feature accessible contemporary works framed by invigorating arrangements of classical music.

Ensemble website: www.akropolisquintet.com

Residency Dates
April 16-27, 2018

Residency Resources
Information for Schools
Additional Promotional Materials

Public Performance
Thursday, April 26, 2018 – 7:30 pm
Galvin Fine Arts Center, St. Ambrose University, Davenport

PASS Performance
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 – 6:30 pm
Rogalski Center, St. Ambrose University, Davenport

 


 

 

 

 

The Visiting Artist Series is suported, in part, by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Quad City Arts receives significant support for the Visiting Artist Series from Scott County Regional Authority, National Endowment for the Arts, John Deere Foundation, Bechtel Charitable Trust, Regional Development Authority, Arts Midwest Touring Fund, U.S. Bank Foundation, Rock Island Rotary, Bettendorf Rotary, Amy Helpenstell Foundation, Rock Island Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine, Melvin McKay Trust, Mary Iva Gittens Knouse Trust, Rauch Family Foundation I, Kiwanis Club of Davenport, and Genesis Health Systems.

Performance space is provided by the Butterworth Center, Moline; First Presbyterian Church, Davenport; the Galvin Fine Arts Center at St. Ambrose University; Polyrhythms at the River Music Experience; Pleasant Valley High School; Bettendorf Performing Arts Center; and the Jackson Concert Series at Wesley United Methodist, Muscatine, Iowa. Additional support comes from donated lodging from local hotels and service fees paid by school districts, Parent Teacher Associations, service clubs, and businesses.