Earlier this year I posted about "Iowa orchestras making music about Iowa " - and one work discussed was Rock Island Line by Jacob Bancks, commissioned and premiered by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and broadcast on IPR's Symphonies of Iowa. Bancks, who teaches at Augustana College, told me that he took his inspiration not only from the most famous song to mention the Quads but also from the actual sounds of the place, including the trains and the mighty Mississippi.
Some big news: Friday at 5PM on Performance Today, you can hear Bancks talk to a national audience about Rock Island Line and also hear the premiere performance (again, you heard that performance first on IPR's Symphonies of Iowa, produced and hosted by Jacqueline Halbloom!). Says Bancks, "I'm humbled and thrilled that a national audience will be able to share in the excitement of last March's premiere of Rock Island Line. The performance shows everybody what we in the Quad Cities already know: Maestro [Mark Russell] Smith and the QCSO are leading the way in supporting local composers with absolutely top-notch performances."
We couldn't agree more - and are delighted that Iowans heard it and heard about it first on IPR!