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Ballet Quad Cities

A performance by Ballet Quad Cities will be broadcast across Iowa. Friday and Monday (4/20), Iowa Public Television will air the Ballet's performance of "Romeo and Juliet." The performance, "Love Stories featuring Romeo and Juliet," was recorded at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Moline, in February. It features two acts and an updated version of Shakespeare's classic story. The program on Iowa Public Television will include the full performance and behind the scenes interviews with the cast and choreographer. It will air Friday night at 8:30, and again on Monday, at 9 pm.

Bruce Walters

Hoping to turn his fascination with the 1920's into a film, an art professor at Western Illinois University is asking us to help. Bruce Walters has started a "crowdfunding" campaign to raise money for what he calls "The Spirit of the Age."

Using a phone, visitors to the Figge Art Museum in Davenport can learn more about  some of the art works. It now offers a mobile audio tour - available by calling a special phone number, or using a smartphone to scan a QR code.

Marketing coordinator, Natalie Dunlop, says the recorded descriptions are each about 2 minutes long.

 

For example, the cast bronze art piece at the Figge called "Half-Moon" by Deborah Butterfield is part of the mobile audio tour. Voiced by Susan Quail, the audio excerpt explains how the horse sculpture is created step by step.

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When the program includes one of the most famous pieces of music of the last 200 years, what do you play with it ? That was the dilemma for Mark Russell Smith when he planned this weekend's concerts for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra - what would go well with Beethoven's 9th Symphony.

Scribble: Dale Haake

Apr 4, 2015

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To show his support for the arts, and federal funding for them, Dave Loebsack stopped in Davenport today. The 2nd District Congressman from Iowa City toured the Figge Art Museum, and three exhibits that received federal support.He says the National Endowment for the Arts is a favorite target in Congress.

Support for the exhibits came directly from the NEA or from other federal agencies to state and local organizations, and then to the museum.

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