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Youth Symphony Orchestra to perform at Augustana

September  12, 2013

Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra alumna and cellist Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir recently made her debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, in which the Los Angeles Times praised her for her “emotional intensity.” Thorsteinsdottir will bring the same intensity back to the Quad Cities when she performs Rachmaninov’s Sonata for Piano and Cello and other selected works on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall inside the Denkmann Memorial Building (3520 7th Ave.). The performance will mark the start of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s (QCSO) Signature Series.

Tickets for this concert are $25 for adults and $10 for students.

Since the time her career burgeoned in the Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra, Thorsteinsdottir has garnered numerous top prizes in international competitions, including the 2008 Naumburg Competition in New York and the Antonio Janigro Competition in Zagreb, Croatia.

Thorsteinsdottir will be performing with pianist Benjamin Loeb, the recently appointed executive director of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. As a pianist, Loeb has been described by the Boston Globe, “[His] vigorous, cogent playing signaled the kind of equally weighted partnership, plus competition, plus mutual quest, etc. that [makes] this music live.”

The Signature Series is collaboration between the QCSO and WVIK-Augustana Public Radio. Peformed on Augustana’s campus and rebroadcast on WVIK, this versatile and intimate series will feature select members of the QCSO and visiting artists from across the nation. Under the artistic direction of Concertmaster Naha Greenholtz, the Signature Series symbolizes the vitality of the classical music community in the Quad-Cities area.

Tickets for the 2013-14 Signature Series can be ordered by calling (563) 322-7276 or by visiting www.qcsymphony.com. Tickets also will be available at the door.

The NPR-affiliated WVIK radio station is owned by Augustana College, and its studios are located on Augustana’s campus in Rock Island. WVIK reaches listeners in a 75-mile radius over northwestern Illinois, eastern Iowa and southwestern Wisconsin, and serves an estimated 1.4 million listeners every year.

Sam Schlouch
Director, Public Relations and Arts Promotion
(309) 794-7833
samschlouch@augustana.edu