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Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
Jacob Bancks

DAVENPORT, Iowa – Local composer Jacob Bancks will join Beethoven and Brahms on the program for this weekend’s performances by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the world premiere of Bancks’ “Rock Island Line,” the the concert will include Beethoven’s “Eighth Symphony” and Brahms’ “Second Symphony.”

The concerts will be performed Saturday and Sunday. Saturday evening’s concert is at 7:30 p.m. at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. Third St., Davenport. The Sunday performance is at 2 p.m. at Centennial Hall, 3703 Seventh Ave., Rock Island. This concert is sponsored in memory of Isador, Ruth Evelyn, and Judith Katz, with additional support by Melvin Berlin.

Among Bancks’ performances and commissions are works for the United States Marine Band, the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, eighth blackbird, Pacifica Quartet, Schola Antiqua of Chicago, Cantori New York, the Annapolis Symphony, Soli Deo Gloria, and many others. He teaches composition at Augustana College.

On Friday, Music Director Mark Russell Smith will be joined by composer Jacob Bancks at Inside the Music. Inside the Music is at noon the Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 Fourth Ave., Rock Island.

This luncheon is hosted by Volunteers for Symphony. Cost is $15, and reservations can be made at or by calling 563-322-7276. 

Also on Friday, students are welcome to sit in on a dress rehearsal and get the inside perspective through Students@Symphony. During a break in the rehearsal, the students will have an opportunity to meet Smith.

This program is open to any secondary or elementary student and supervising adults. Students should arrive at 7:30 p.m. and pre-register online at

After the Saturday night performance, the audience is invited to mingle with the guest artists and members of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in the lobby of the Hotel Blackhawk at Afterglow. The evening includes free hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and, of course, repartee.

Go to or call 563-322-7276 for ticket information.

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