In celebration of Chamber Music Quad Cities' 20th anniversary season, the group welcomes home to Davenport its co-founders and brothers, Tom (piano) and Greg Sauer (cello), for a concert tonight at 7:30 p.m.
The Sauers will be joined by current CMQC artistic director, violinist David Bowlin, in a program that includes works by Beethoven, Britten and Lieberson at the Unitarian Church,3707 Eastern Avenue, Davenport.
Tom Sauer is a member of the piano faculty at the Mannes School of Music in New York City, the director of the Beethoven Institute in New York, and a recent soloist with the Quad City Symphony.Greg Sauer is associate professor of cello at Florida State University in Jacksonville, Fla. Mr. Bowlin is a member of the violin faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio.
Chamber Music Quad Cities began as a family affair, with concerts presented by Davenport natives Greg and Tom Sauer, for which they were joined by friends and local musicians. In 1994, the Sauers, along with pianist Robert Satterlee, then a member of the piano faculty at Augustana College, incorporated Chamber Music Quad Cities Inc. The purpose of the organization is to present high-quality chamber music for the region.
In recent years, several musicians with local connections have appeared in CMQC concerts. They include Beth McCafferty, flute; Sarah Bowlin Warren, violin; and Robert Elfline, piano. Also, bassist Philip Alejo will play for the upcoming CMQC concert on June 22 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Davenport.
The cost of tonight's concert $12 for adults and $5 for students, payable at the door. There is no reserved seating. For more information, visit chambermusicqc.com.
Today is Friday, Aug. 1, the 213th day of 2014. There are 152 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once. 1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed. 1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France. 1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion. 1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. 1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.