Quad City Symphony Orchestra Season Repertoire – 2009-2017


Mark Russell Smith, Music Director and Conductor

Season Repertoire 2008 – 2017

All Concerts Conducted by Mark Russell Smith unless otherwise indicated


2016 – 2017 

August 20, 2016

Riverfront Pops

Jeffrey Reed, guest conductor

Music of The Eagles


October 1-2, 2016

Masterworks I

Steven Campbell, tuba

STRAUSS         Don Juan

DAUGHERTY    Reflections on the Mississippi

for Tuba and Orchestra

BEETHOVEN    Symphony No. 3, Op. 55 (Eroica)


November 5-6, 2016

Masterworks II

Garrick Ohlsson, piano

SMETANA             Vltava (The Moldau) from Má vlast

PICKER                 Old and Lost Rivers

MENDELSSOHN    From A Midsummer Night’s Dream:

Scherzo, Nocturne and Wedding March

BRAHMS               Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb Major, Op. 83


December 3-4, 2016

Masterworks III

Hannah Holman, violoncello

HÄNDEL         Water Music Suite No. 2

ELGAR           Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra

SCHUMANN   Symphony No. 3 (Rhenish)


February 4-5, 2017

Masterworks IV

Naha Greenholtz, violin

MUSSORGSKY, orch. Rimsky-Korsakov   Dawn on the Moscow River

MOZART         Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219

ABELS             Liquify (World Premiere – QCSO Commission)

MOZART         Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K. 504 (Prague)

STRAUSS, Jr.  An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314


March 4-5, 2017

Masterworks V

Erin Wall, soprano

WAGNER        From Götterdämmerung: Dawn and Siegfried’s

Rhine Journey

STRAUSS       Four Last Songs

WAGNER        From Tristan und Isolde:  Prelude and Liebestod

RAVEL            Daphnis et Chloé: Suite No. 2


April 8-9, 2017

Masterworks VI

Dann Coakwell, Evangelist; Daniel Lichti, Jesus;

Carine TInney, soprano; Adrian Zabala, mezzo-soprano;

William Ferguson, tenor; Paul Max Tipton, bass

Augustana College Choir; Quad City Choral Arts

BACH      St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244


April 30, 2017

Side-by-Side Concert

Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles

Claire Thomsen, flute (Youth Concerto Competition Winner)

ABELS                                     Liquify

IBERT                                     Concerto for Flute and Orchestra

MUSSORGSKY/orch. Ravel     Pictures at an Exhibition


2015 – 2016


September 12, 2015

Riverfront Pops Concert

Country Legends


October 3-4, 2015

Masterworks I

Recreation of First Concert of Tri-City Symphony in 1915

Heidi Melton, soprano; Roman Rabinovich, piano

WAGNER           From Die Meistersinger: Prelude

WAGNER           From Tannhäuser: “Dich, teure Halle”

SCHUBERT        Symphony No. 8 in B minor (Unfinished)

SAINT-SAENS    Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22

TCHAIKOVSKY  Elegy from Serenade for Strings

TCHAIKOVSKY  Waltz from Sleeping Beauty



November 7-8, 2015

Masterworks II

Naha Greenholtz, violin; Hannah Holman, violoncello

BACH                    Sinfonias from Cantatas 42 and 21

BRAHMS               Double Concerto for Violin, Violoncello and

Orchestra in A minor, Op. 102 or, Op. 102

SHOSTAKOVICH  Symphony No. 10


December 5-6, 2015

Masterworks III

Marian Lee, piano

HUMPERDINCK  Prelude to Hansel and Gretel

MOZART             Piano Concerto in C Major, K. 467

  1. MOZART Sleigh Ride

PROKOFIEV       Troika from Lt. Kije Suite

DELIUS               Sleigh Ride

ANDERSON        Sleigh Ride

TCHAIKOVSKY   Nutcracker Suite


February 6-7, 2016

Masterworks IV

Livia Sohn, violin

GRIEG              Holberg Suite

BARBER           Violin Concerto

BEETHOVEN    Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92


March 5-6, 2016

Masterworks V

Benjamin Klemme, Associate Conductor; Mark Timmerman, bassoon

BRAHMS     Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56A

BANCKS      Dream Variations for Bassoon

(World Premiere – QCSO Commission)

ELGAR        Enigma Variations


April 2-3, 2016

Masterworks Vl

Linh Kauffman, soprano; Adriana Zabala, mezzo-soprano

MAHLER    Symphony No. 2 in C minor (Resurrection)


April 10, 2016

Side-By-Side Concert

Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles

Donovan Klutho, tuba (Youth Concerto Competition Winner)

WAGNER           Prelude to Die Meistersinger

BROUGHTON    Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra

PROKOFIEV       Romeo and Juliet:  Excerpts from the Ballet 


2014 – 2015

100th Anniversary Season


September 6, 2014

Riverfront Pops Concert

Music of Elton John


October 4-5, 2014

Masterworks I

Andre Watts, piano

FRANTZEN            Beyond a Wild Dream

(World Premiere – QCSO Commission)

RACHMANINOFF   Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18

DVORÁK                Symphony No. 9, Op. 95 (From the New World)


November 1-2, 2014

Masterworks II

Erin Keefe, violin

ROMIG                Bridges (World Premiere – QCSO Commission)

BRAHMS             Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77

TCHAIKOVSKY   Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 (Pathètique)


December 6-7, 2014

Masterworks III

Marc Zyla, horn; Naha Greenholtz, violin; Hannah Holman, violoncello;

Andrew Parker, oboe; Benjamin Coelho, bassoon; Lillian Lau, harp

GOMPPER        Sunburst (World Premiere – QCSO Commission)

SAINT-SAËNS   Romance for Horn and Orchestra

HAYDN             Sinfonia Concertante in Bb Major, Hob. 1:105

RAVEL              Introduction and Allegro

MOZART           Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550


February 7-8, 2015

Masterworks IV

Demarre McGill, flute

TORKE          Oracle (QCSO Commission)

MOZART        Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major, K. 313

BRUCKNER   Symphony No. 4 (Romantic)


February 22, 2015

Side-by-Side Concert

Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles

Gabriela Nisly, flute (Youth Concerto Competition Winner)

BRUCKNER    Scherzo from Symphony No. 4

HÜE                Fantaisie for Flute and Orchestra

RESPIGHI       The Pines of Rome


March 7-8, 2015

Masterworks V

Joel Fan, piano

CAMPBELL      Where the River Bends

(World Premiere – QCSO Commission)

HARRIS            Symphony No. 3

GERSHWIN      Rhapsody in Blue

GOULD             Interplay for Piano and Orchestra

COPLAND         Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo


April 11-12, 2015

Masterworks VI

Karen Slack, soprano; Eleni Matos, mezzo-soprano;

Vale Rideout, tenor; Dean Elzinga, bass-baritone;

Handel Oratorio Society; Quad City Choral Arts; Augustana Choir

SCHOENBERG     Friede auf Erden

STEPHENSON      A-ccord (World Premiere – QCSO Commission)

BEETHOVEN        Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 (Choral)


May 14, 2015


Yo-Yo Ma, violoncello

BRAHMS             Academic Festival Overture

TCHAIKOVSKY   Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture

DVORÁK             Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra, Op. 104


2013 – 2014


September 7, 2013

Riverfront Pops Concert

The Music of Michael Jackson


October 5-6, 2013

Masterworks I

Jonathan Biss, piano

Don Wooten, narrator

TORKE         Oracle (World Premiere – QCSO Commission)

BRITTEN      Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

BRAHMS      Piano Concerto No. 1


October 26-27, 2013

Masterworks II

Sarah Shafer, soprano

Joel Fan, piano

SCHUBERT    Rosamunde Overture and Ballet Music

BARBER         Knoxville: Summer 1915

  1. STRAUSS Morgen

MOZART         Vorrei spiegarvi, o Dio! K. 418

  1. STRAUSS Suite from Le Bourgeois gentilhomme


December 6-7, 2013

Masterworks III

Alasdair Neale, guest conductor

Naha Greenholtz, violin

HIGDON                  Violin Concerto

RACHMANINOFF    Symphony No. 2


February 15-16, 2014

Masterworks IV

Robert Chen, violin

Roberto Diaz, viola

FAURE                 Pelleas and Melisande Suite

MOZART              Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola

MENDELSSOHN   Symphony No. 4 (Italian)

March 8-9, 2014

Masterworks V

BANCKS          Rock Island Line

(World Premiere – QCSO Commission)

BEETHOVEN   Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93

BRAHMS          Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73


April 5-6, 2014

Masterworks VI

Adriana Zabala, mezzo-soprano

Women of the Augustana Choir; Handel Oratorio Society;

Jenny Lind Ensemble; Pleasant Valley High School Women’s Choir; Quad City Choral Arts; Quad City Youth Choir

MAHLER   Symphony No. 3 


2012 – 2013


September 8, 2012

Riverfront Pops Concert

The Music of Abba


October 6-7, 2012

Masterworks I

Naha Greenholtz, violin

WAGNER    Overture to Rienzi

BRUCH       Violin Concerto in G minor

DVORÁK     Symphony No. 8 in G Major


November 3-4, 2012

Masterworks II

Burt Hara, clarinet

MOZART         Overture to Die Zauberflöte

MOZART         Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622

BEETHOVEN   Symphony No. 6 in F Major (Pastoral)


December 1-2, 2012

Masterworks III

University of Minnesota Opera Theatre

Quad City Choral Arts

MENDELSSOHN   Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

TCHAIKOVSKY     Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture

VERDI                   Falstaff: Act III


February 9-10. 2013

Masterworks IV

Five By Design, vocalists

WEBER/BERLIOZ  Invitation to the Dance

BERNSTEIN           Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

TCHAIKOVSKY      Waltz from Swan Lake

Various Swing Era arrangements


March 9-10, 2013

Masterworks V

STRAVINSKY                       Le sacre du printemps

(100th Anniversary of Premiere)

MUSSORGSKY/orch. Ravel   Pictures at an Exhibition


April 13-14, 2013

Masterworks VI

Thomas Sauer, piano

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV   Russian Easter Overture

BEETHOVEN               Piano Concerto No. 5, Op. 73 (Emperor)

TCHAIKOVSKY            Symphony No. 4 in F, Op. 36 




September 10, 2011

Riverfront Pops Concert



October 1-2, 2011

Masterworks I

Haochen Zhang, piano

DVORÁK                  Carnival Overture, Op. 92

RACHMANINOFF     Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30

BEETHOVEN           Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67


November 5-6, 2011

Masterworks II

VERDI           Overture to La Forza del Destino

BRAHMS       Schicksalslied

STRAUSS     Tod und Verklärung

LISZT            Les Préludes


November 19, 2011

Holiday Pops Concert

Michael Butterman, Guest Conductor; Jon Faddis, trumpet


December 3-4, 2011

Masterworks III

Anthony Ross and Beth Rapier Ross, violoncelli

ABELS           Global Warming

OTT               Concerto for Two Cellos

VIVALDI         Concerto in G minor for Two Violoncelli

BRAHMS        Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68


February 11-12, 2012

Masterworks IV

Alondra de la Parra, guest conductor; Robert Belinic, guitar

Rimsky-Korsakov    Scheherazade, Op. 35

Rodrigo                   Concerto de Aranjuez

Ravel                      Bolero

Ginastera                Malambo from Estancia Dances


March 3-4, 2012

Masterworks V

Caroline Thomas, soprano; William Ferguson, tenor;

Philip Zawisza, baritone; Karl-Heinz Bloemeke, Conductor of Chamber Orchestra; Augustana Choir; Quad City Choral Arts;

University of Minnesota Chorale; Minnesota Boys Choir

Chamber Orchestra: Hochschule für Musik, Detmold, Germany

BRITTEN         War Requiem, Op. 66

(Culminating Performances of Britten Peace Project)


March 31 – April 1, 2012

Masterworks VI

Lydia Artymiw, piano; Kara Shay Thomson, soprano;

Sarah Shafer, soprano; Abigail Nims, mezzo-soprano;

CAMPBELL  Coyote Dances (World Premiere — Orchestral Version)

FALLA          Three Dances from “Three Cornered Hat” (Suite 2)

MOZART      Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466

STRAUSS     Der Rosenkavalier: Suite & Final Scene




July 3, 2010

Patriot Pops Concert



September 11, 2010

Riverfront Pops Concert

Bravo Broadway


October 2-3, 2010

Masterworks I

Gustavo Romero, piano

BEETHOVEN  Egmont Overture

CHOPIN          Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11

BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92


November 6-7, 2010

Masterworks II

MUSSORGSKY  Night on Bald Mountain

GOUNOD           Funeral March of a Marionette

DUKAS              Sorcerer’s Apprentice

BERLIOZ           Symphonie Fantastique


November 20, 2010

Holiday Pops Concert

Timothy Russell, guest conductor; Destino, guest artists


December 4-5, 2010

Masterworks III

Roberto Diaz, viola; Amanda Majeski, soprano

WAGNER         Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

PENDERECKI  Viola Concerto

MAHLER          Symphony No. 4


February 5-6, 2011

Masterworks IV

Gary Bordner, trumpet; Handel Oratorio Society;

Sara Shafer, soprano; Abigail Nims, mezzo-soprano;

John McVeigh, tenor; Michael Dean, baritone

HERTEL    Concerto for Trumpet and Oboe in E-Flat Major

BACH        Cantata #51 (Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen)

MOZART   Requiem, K. 626 (Süssmayr)


March 5-6, 2011

Masterworks V

Carl Topilow, guest conductor;

Women of the Quad City Choral Arts

PLOG              Weiter

WILLIAMS       Across the Stars

DAUGHERTY  Red Cape Tango

HOLST            The Planets


April 16-17, 2011

Masterworks VI

Midori, violin    (Culminating Concert of 5-day Community Residency)

TOCH               Pinocchio: A Merry Overture

STRAVINSKY   Petrushka (1947 version)

(100th Anniversary of Premiere)

BEETHOVEN   Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61


June 4, 2011

Spring Pops Concert

Michael Cavanaugh, piano and vocals

Music of Billy Joel 



September 12, 2009

Riverfront Pops Concert



October 3-4, 2009

Masterworks I

MOZART      Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K.551 (Jupiter)

MAHLER      Symphony No. 1, D Major (Titan)


October 24-25, 2009

Quad City Symphony Chamber Orchestra 

HANDEL   Water Music


November 7-8, 2009

Masterworks II  

SCHWANTNER  New Morning For the World

BEETHOVEN    Symphony No. 3, Op.55 (Eroica)


November 21, 2009

Holiday Pops Concert

Cirque de la Symphonie


December 5-6, 2009

Masterworks III

Hannah Holman, cello

DVORÁK               Violoncello Concerto, B Minor, Op. 104

SHOSTAKOVICH  Symphony No. 5, in D Minor, Op. 47


January 16, 2010

Chamber Music Concert — Mid-Winter Mozart

Mark Russell Smith, cello

BRAHMS     String Sextet in B-Flat Major, Op. 18

MOZART     String Quartet in F major, K. 590 (Prussian)



February 6-7, 2010

Masterworks IV

Jon Hurty, Guest Conductor

Handel Oratorio Society; Quad City Choral Arts

HANDEL   Zadok the Priest

MOZART  Exultate Jubilate, K. 165

ORFF       Carmina Burana


March 6-7, 2010

Masterworks V

SCHUBERT      Symphony No. 8 in B Minor (Unfinished)

BRUCKNER      Symphony No. 9 in D Minor


April 10-11, 2010

Masterworks VI

Norman Krieger, piano

COPLAND           Appalachian Spring

TCHAIKOVSKY   Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23

STRAVINSKY     The Firebird: Suite (1919)

(100th Anniversary of Premiere)


May 22, 2010

Spring Pops Concert

Brent Havens, Guest Conductor

Music of the Eagles 




September 6, 2008

Riverfront Pops Concert 

Music of John Williams


October 4-5, 2008

Masterworks I

Augustana Choir; Handel Oratorio Society;

Quad City Choral Arts

COPLAND        Fanfare for the Common Man

BARBER          Adagio for Strings

THOMPSON     Alleluia

BEETHOVEN    Symphony No. 9, D Minor (Choral), Op. 125


November 1-2, 2008

Masterworks II

TCHAIKOVSKY  Polonaise from “Yevgeny Onegin”

STRAVINSKY     Le Baiser de la Fee (The Fairy’s Kiss) – Divertimento

TCHAIKOVSKY  Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64


November 22, 2008

Holiday Pops Concert

Atlantic Brass Quintet


December 6-7, 2008

Masterworks III

David Loebel, guest conductor; Philippe Quint, violin

THOMSON           Symphony On A Hymn Tune

BERNSTEIN         Serenade (after Plato’s Symposium)

MENDELSSOHN  Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107 (Reformation)


January 31 – February 1, 2009

Masterworks IV

Louis Schwizgebel-Wang, piano

BARBER        Symphony No. 1 in One Movement, Op. 9

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, op. 58

BRAHMS       Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98

March 7-8, 2009

Masterworks V

Joshua Roman, violoncello

HEITZIG            Wounded Fields

(Dedicated to Victims of War & Genocide)

BLOCH              Schelomo: Hebraic Rhapsody

TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

SCHUMANN      Symphony No. 2 in C Major, op. 61


April 4-5, 2009

Masterworks VI

Leon Bates, piano

BERLIOZ       Roman Carnival Overture

RAVEL          Piano Concerto in G Major

ELLINGTON  New World A-Comin’

RESPIGHI     The Pines of Rome


May 30, 2009

Spring Pops Concert

Brent Havens, guest conductor

Music of Led Zeppelin