Posted Online: Feb. 06, 2013, 9:13 am

Q-C Symphony to hold 2nd Valentines Gala

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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com

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Five by Design is comprised of Lorie Carpenter-Niska, left, Michael Swedberg, Terrence Niska, Kurt Niska and Sheridan Zuther.
The Quad City Symphony Orchestra's second annual Valentines Gala will kick off at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Hotel Blackhawk, 200 E. 3rd St., Davenport.

Guests can enjoy beer, wine, appetizers and the opening of a silent auction before dinner at 6 p.m. The QCSO's valentines concert will start at 7:30 p.m. at the nearby Adler Theatre. The program will feature symphonic dances from Bernstein and Tchaikovsky and swing-era favorites by the Minnesota-based vocal quintet Five by Design.

"From the moment the guests arrive for dinner, through the hip post-party and high-end silent auction, they will experience firsthand the vibrancy, excitement, and energy that exemplifies everything we do," said Brian Burke, gala chair and Volunteers for Symphony president. "Patrons attending will be supporting the free yet first-in-class music education and outreach we provide to our communities," he said.

After the Adler concert, guests can return to the Hotel Blackhawk to continue the celebration. "My primary goal as event chair is to present a memorable, classy and fun experience," Mr. Burke said. The post-party will include more music from Five by Design for dancing, while guests can enjoy desserts and participate in the silent action.

The auction will include a three-night stay in New York with tickets to Broadway shows, a three-night stay in Napa Valley wine country, an authentic Italian dinner for 10 prepared by QCSO music director Mark Russell Smith, a weekend getaway to Galena in a car from Ron's Toy Box, and a stunning piece of jewelry from Necker's Jewelers.

The symphony program will be repeated at 2 p.m. Sunday at Centennial Hall, Rock Island. Tickets for the gala are $100, and individual concert seats start at $10. They are available at (563) 322-7276 or qcsymphony.com.