Quad City Symphony Orchestra Tickets
For just under a century one orchestral organization has made sure this amazing form of performing arts keeps on thriving. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra is now back for another special season that promises to add another chapter to its glorious legacy. So if you want to be a part of it then grab your Quad City Symphony Orchestra tickets now and experience the magic live.
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Latest Quad City Symphony Orchestra Events
- Quad City Symphony Orchestra: Masterworks VI - Peace and Brotherhood Ode To Joy, Adler Theatre tickets for 04/11 08:00 PM Adler Theatre
- Sat Apr 11 2015
The Quad City Symphony Orchestra had an unconventional beginning. An orchestra meeting took place on 10th February, 1916. That gathering was attended by some people and musicians from the area of Davenport, Moline and Rock Island. They decided to bring onboard Ludwig Becker to take over as orchestra’s first ever music director. It was named the "Tri-City Symphony" because representatives from three cities sat together and decided to create it.
It began its rehearsals on 12th March, 1916 and made its debut with a concert later than month. The performance was conducted by a collection of around sixty professional and amateur musicians who performed in front of twelve hundred people. The venue for that debut concert was "Burtis Opera House" which also has the distinction of being the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s first permanent home. Fans got to witness compositions by the likes of Wagner, Franz Schubert, Tchaikovsky and Camille Saint Saens. That was an impressive start to proceedings and the opera ventured into another territory by conducting its debut pops concert next year.
The formation of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra drew warm applause from everyone across the board. That however didn’t help the precarious financial position of the institution. The orchestra was run through donations so the amount of money it received was directly proportional to the number of performances held. As the amount of donations increased so did the concerts and vice versa. The country’s condition at the time of the First World War made the task even more difficult and the effects of that were felt in the form of the 1918-1919 season getting cancelled.
Despite all that, the orchestra managed to keep its head over water and survived that phase but at a big cost. The unpaid musicians left it after The Great Depression and they had to be then replaced by their amateur counterparts. The institution had been performing at such low prices that at times even packed shows were running a loss. That changed in 1934 when a decision was taken to charge prices according to how much a concert was worth. Another step taken that year was to bring onboard professionals again.
That step worked and for the first time in its history the Quad City Symphony Orchestra began to generate enough money to hire professional musicians once again. Another milestone was achieved in 1941 when it made its national debut on the radio channel run by NBC. That further enhanced the profile of this wonderful orchestra. The 1950’s turned out to be an even more productive period and the orchestra became so famous that it had to be moved to the Centennial Hall, Augustana College. Masonic Temple became its next home venue in the 1960’s.
Another re-location came in the 1980’s as the Quad City Symphony Orchestra shifted to the Adler Theater where it has remained since. The Centennial Hall has also remained its other home over the years. It was during that decade that the name was changed to its current one. Now it employs over ninety six people to form the orchestra. In a full season as QCSO conducts three chamber, three pops and half a dozen masterwork series concerts for fans to savor.
The Quad City Symphony Orchestra has stood the test of time to now rank among the most famous names in the business. Its history is full of big names that have played their part in turning it into what it is now. With its new season now underway this is your chance to book Quad City Symphony Orchestra tickets and watch excellence up close and personal.