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Visiting Artist Series

Winner of the 1999 William Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence awarded by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters 

For over 45 years, this nationally recognized performing arts residency program has brought distinguished artists and ensembles to Scott, Clinton, and Muscatine counties in Iowa, and Henry, Mercer, and Rock Island counties in Illinois. 

Learn more about this series!

2019-2020 Artists

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Andrew Collins Trio

In residence: September 16-20, 2019

Andrew Collins Trio boasts a popular collision of folk, new acoustic roots, chamber-grass and jazz, not to mention a dizzying number and energetic interplay of instruments on stage. Collins is joined by fellow string guru Mike Mezzatesta, whose versatility shines through on guitar, mandolin, fiddle and mandola, and in-the-pocket James McEleney holding it down on the bass and mandocello. Their dynamic genre hopping show is propelled even further by Andrew’s captivating lead vocals and James’ soaring harmonies.

PUBLIC CONCERT:

7 p.m. Friday, September 20, 2019, Bucktown Revue at Nighswander Junior Theatre, Davenport IA

Tickets: $14

Tickets available online here: Bucktown Revue

More chances to see:

3 p.m. Tuesday, September 17 at the Butterworth Center, Moline IL, Free

2 p.m. Wednesday, September 18 at the Bettendorf Library, Bettendorf IA, Free

6 p.m. Thursday, September 19 at Muscatine Art Center, Muscatine IA, Free

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julius quartet

In residence: September 23-27, 2019

Hailed as a “captivating young string quartet”, the Julius Quartet is rapidly making itself known in the chamber music world. The quartet is comprised of violinists Hyun Jeong Helen Lee and David Do, violist John Batchelder, and cellist Brooke Scholl. As passionate chamber musicians, the quartet strives to not only explore the extensive quartet repertoire, but also to present their unique voice within the music. 

PUBLIC CONCERT:

7 p.m. Friday, September 27, 2019, Bettendorf Performing Arts Center, Bettendorf IA

Tickets: $10 Adult, $5 Student

Tickets: Get Tickets!

Tickets will also be sold at the door

More chances to see:

2 p.m. Monday, September 23 at Wesley United Methodist Church, Muscatine IA, Free

PASS: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 26 - Get tickets!

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broadway's next h!t musical

In residence: October 1-3, 2019

A custom-made musical for your audience brought to your stage by the magic of professional improv! Audience suggestions become FONY nominated hits created right before your eyes!

Broadway's Next Hit Musical will be working with school and community theatre groups during their residency!

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harlem quartet

In residence: October 21-25, 2019

Harlem Quartet was founded in 2006 by The Sphinx Organization, a national nonprofit dedicated to building diversity in classical music and providing access to music education in underserved communities. As performers, teachers, and orchestral collaborators, this widely acclaimed string quartet advances diversity in classical music while bringing excitement to repertoire ranging from Ravel and Haydn to Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea.

PUBLIC CONCERT:

6 p.m. reception, 7:30 p.m. concert Friday, October 25, 2019, Trinity Anglican Church, Rock Island IL

Tickets: $20 Adult, $10 Student/Child/Military

Get tickets!

Tickets will also be sold at the door

More chances to see:

2 p.m. Monday, October 21 at Wesley United Methodist Church, Muscatine IA, Free

3 p.m. Tuesday, October 22 at Butterworth Center, Moline IL, Free

7 p.m. Tuesday, October 22 at Butterworth Center, Moline IL, Free

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Allison au quartet

In residence: October 28-November 2, 2019

Comprised of young millennial musicians, the Allison Au Quartet strives to propel jazz forward as a relevant and fresh 21st century genre. Formed in 2009 out of Toronto, Canada, the vision of the band is to draw from a palette of eclectic influences to create a new, multidimensional testament to the tradition of jazz.

PUBLIC CONCERT:

6 p.m. doors, 7:00 p.m. concert Saturday, November 2, 2019, Quad City Arts, Rock Island IL

Tickets: $15 Adults $10 Student/Child/Military

Get tickets!

Tickets will also be sold at the door

More chances to see:

2 p.m. Thursday, October 31 at Wesley United Methodist Church, Muscatine IA, Free

6 p.m. Tuesday, October 29 at Mississippi River Distillery, LeClaire IA, Free

PASS: 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 1 - Get tickets!

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rick beyer

In residence: November 4-9, 2019

Rick Beyer is a best-selling author, an award-winning documentary producer, and a long-time history enthusiast.  With a take on history that is both humorous and illuminating, he has appeared on CBS News, MSNBC, CNN, The Discovery Channel, NPR and Fox News. Rick wrote and produced the PBS documentary The Ghost Army, which has been honored with a CINE Golden Eagle and audience awards at several film festivals.

PUBLIC CONCERT:

7 p.m. Saturday, November 9, 2019, Central DeWitt Performing Arts Center, DeWitt IA

Tickets: $15 Adult, $10 Veteran/Active Military, $5 Student

Tickets available online here: CDPAC

More chances to see:

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 5 at Moline Public Library, Moline IL, Free

5 p.m. Thursday, November 7 at Frances Banta Waggoner Library, DeWitt IA, Free

*Film screening & discussion: 12:30 p.m. Friday, November 8 at Black Hawk College, Moline IL, Free

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the rose ensemble

In residence: January 13-18, 2020

The Rose Ensemble is an inventive vocal ensemble working to reach young listeners with the sounds of medieval music and the dramatic telling of ancient stories that speak to today’s world. Singing a cappella and playing a variety of early string and percussion instruments, The Rose Ensemble helps people of all ages to honor our diverse world through an exploration of history, legend, cultures, and faiths.

PUBLIC CONCERT:

7:30 p.m. Friday, January 17, 2020, at First Presbyterian Church, Davenport IA

Tickets: $15 Adult, $10 Student

Tickets available through First Presbyterian - Get tickets!

More chances to see:

2 p.m. Wednesday, January 15 at Wesley United Methodist Church, Muscatine IA, Free

7 p.m. Thursday, January 16 at Galena Brewing Co. Moline Ale House, Moline IL, Free *BEER CHOIR*

10 a.m. Saturday, January 18 at The Hauberg Estate, Rock Island IL, Free

PASS: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 15 - Get tickets!

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chicago dance crash

In residence: January 21-28, 2020

Lead by artistic director Jessica Deahr, Chicago Dance Crash has emerged as the premier fusion-style contemporary dance company in the Midwest. Emphasizing a unique mission of both athleticism and accessibility, the Crash aesthetic is most notably recognized by its combination of concert and hip-hop techniques in works ranging from full length productions to repertory pieces and freestyles.

PUBLIC CONCERT:

7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 25, 2020, at Galvin Fine Arts Center, St. Ambrose campus, Davenport IA

Tickets: $16, $14 Faculty/Staff/Senior Citizen, $10 Child

Tickets available through Galvin or call 563-333-6251

More chances to see:

PASS: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 23 - Get tickets!

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dan quinn

In residence: February 3-7, 2020

As a career DJ, musician, tech enthusiast, and dad, OontzKids founder Dan Quinn has certainly found his niche in the music world, performing at events and inspiring the next generation of DJs and musicians. Dan has current, first-hand experience in not only performing for crowds of all sizes but in understanding the technical and “human” aspects of any performance, and sharing his experiences with others.

PUBLIC CONCERT:

6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. Friday, February 7, 2020, Redstone Room, River Music Experience, Davenport IA

Tickets: $10 Adult, $5 Child

Tickets will be available through RME & at the door

Workshop information & additional details TBA

More chances to see:

5 p.m. Monday, February 3 demo at Colona Library, Colona IL, Free 

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david henry hwang

In residence: February 12-13, 2020

This Chinese American playwright, described by the New York Times as "a true original" and by Time Magazine as "the first important dramatist of American public life since Arthur Miller," is best known as the author of M. Butterfly. That enduring 1988 work, which won a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, John Gassner Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award, was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. According to Opera News, Hwang is America’s most produced living opera librettist.

PUBLIC LECTURE:

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Reception

7:30 p.m.  Lecture Wednesday, February 12, 2020, Augustana College, Rock Island IL

Followed by a book signing

Tickets available through Augustana

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mexico beyond mariachi

In residence: February 18-22, 2020

Mexico Beyond Mariachi was created 15 years ago to address the needs of NYC communities to know more about traditional Mexican performance culture beyond the stereotype. Responding to that need, MBM created an in-depth school performance and arts-in-education program that has reached over 100,000 students in over 250 schools and community venues on the East Coast. Now is the time to reach new audiences with our message of equity, tolerance and unity.

PUBLIC CONCERT:

7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 22, 2020, at Galvin Fine Arts Center, St. Ambrose campus, Davenport IA

Tickets: $16, $14 Faculty/Staff/Senior Citizen, $10 Child

Tickets available through Galvin or call 563-333-6251

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reggie harris

In residence: March 2-6, 2020

A truly gifted and inspiring storyteller, Reggie’s performances range from the personal to the historical and cultural. Using his commitment to humanity-based narratives, he moves easily from stories of the Underground Railroad and the Modern Civil Rights Movement to stories that frame the rich context of our past and present. He is also a master of sharing the touching personal moments that hold lessons along life’s journey of discovery.

PUBLIC CONCERT:

7 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2020 at Butterworth Center, Moline IL

Tickets: FREE

More chances to see:

12 p.m. Friday, March 6 at Moline Public Library, Moline IL, Free

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john patti

In residence: March 23-28, 2020

John Patti takes jazz and blues to a new level by adding the unique island flare of the steel drum to provide an intriguing and memorable performance guaranteed to get any audience dancing in their seats! Patti is well versed in various genres of music, from sophisticated jazz to island jazz and the reggae sounds of the steel pan, R&B, Motown, and blues gives his performance some groove and soul.

PUBLIC CONCERT:

7 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2020, The Putnam Museum & Science Center, Davenport IA
Tickets: $15 Adult, $10 Student/Child/Military

Get tickets!

Tickets will also be sold at the door
PASS: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 - Get tickets!

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jarabe mexicano

In residence: April 6-10, 2020

Jarabe Mexicano invites audiences on a joyride through a versatile songbook of Mexican Folk as well as Rock & Roll, Tex-Mex, Latin Rock, and Reggae-Cumbia. Performing on stringed folk instruments accompanied by lively percussion, Jarabe’s dramatic, harmonized vocals in Spanish and English have gained them the admiration of audiences across the country.

PUBLIC CONCERT:

5:30 p.m. Reception with GQC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Ballet Folklorico

7:00 p.m. Concert Friday, April 10, 2020, United Township High School, East Moline IL

Tickets: $10 Adult, $5 Student/Child

Get tickets!

Tickets will also be sold at the door

More chances to see:

6:30 p.m. Monday, April 6 at Moline Library, Moline IL, Free

3 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 at Butterworth Center, Moline IL, Free

7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 at Butterworth Center, Moline IL, Free

PASS: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 - Get tickets!

 

about the Visiting Artist Series...

Winner of the 1999 William Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence awarded by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters 

For over 45 years, this nationally recognized performing arts residency program has brought distinguished artists and ensembles to Scott, Clinton, and Muscatine counties in Iowa, and Henry, Mercer, and Rock Island counties in Illinois. 

The series makes the arts accessible by bringing the performing arts directly to schools and community sites and providing low-cost opportunities for Quad City area residents to see performances that would otherwise be out of reach. During the week in residence, visiting artists present 45-minute educational performances with interactive elements in K-12 schools, community colleges, and at community sites. Artists work with  many segments of the Quad City community: prekindergarten through 12th grade students, community college and university students, and audiences at local libraries, senior centers, churches, service clubs, local businesses, and other nonprofit organizations. 

Artists visit up to three locations each day during the residency. Occasionally, we collaborate with community organizations to present a full-length performance at a public venue in conjunction with the residency.

 

The Visiting Artist Series is primarily supported by the John Deere Foundation, the Bechtel Charitable Trust, the Scott County Regional Authority, the Regional Development Authority, the Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund, and the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

If you would like to attend a Visiting Artist school outreach performance, contact us via e-mail or call (309) 793-1213.