The 2016-17 Quad-City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) season was once again, an “embarrassment of riches,” and we in the Quad-Cities, are the lucky winners of this treasure.

I especially want to single out the QCSO board members who had the good sense to hire the two leaders of our symphony - Music Director/Conductor, Maestro Mark Russell Smith, and Executive Director, Dr. Benjamin Loeb, as well as our wonderful concertmaster, Ms. Naha Greenholtz, and all the other incredibly talented musicians.

Maestro Smith has continued to astound with inspired, original programs, and passionate conducting, while Dr. Loeb works his magic behind the scenes with his extensive connections to the music world. Few others could have secured the incomparable Yo-Yo Ma for QCSO’s 100th anniversary, or could have called upon the beloved, world famous Andre Watts to pinch-hit when pianist Garrick Ohlsson suddenly fell ill.

As a fan since the Tri-City Symphony days, I can say emphatically that our symphony has never sounded better, the programming has never been richer, the excitement never greater.

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I would like to extend a huge thank you to all who have made this happen, and to all who are committed to this level of musical excellence. 

Katie Kiley


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