The Quad City Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Mark Russell Smith. Photo courtesy of Quad City Symphony.

In Wednesday’s (4/3) Our Quad Cities (Iowa), Jonathan Turner writes, “The 110th season of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra is guaranteed to take you around the world, with its theme ‘Echoes of Exploration,’ featuring six Masterworks, four intimate Up Close chamber concerts, Quad City Bank & Trust Riverfront Pops, two QCSO at the Movies presentations, and several special events. ‘The 2024-25 season is a testament to our vision—QCSO, Where Access Meets Inspiration—and we look forward to engaging the entire Quad Cities community with an incredibly diverse lineup,’ music director Mark Russell Smith said … ‘We’re excited to introduce you to newer works by Reena Esmail, Bright Sheng, and Angel Lam and revisit timeless favorites by Bruckner, Mozart, Prokofiev, and more.’ [Angel Lam’s Please let there be a paradise… was commissioned by the League of American Orchestras with the generous support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.] ‘The popularity of our Pops and Movie concerts continues to grow, and we are pleased to offer four concerts in this series and a new Pops Subscription …,’ QCSO executive director Brian Baxter said. ‘We continue the beloved tradition of Quad City Bank & Trust Riverfront Pops with a Celebration of the Music of Led Zeppelin …,’ to be led by new assistant conductor Hisham Bravo Groover.”