Live at 5 free summer concerts begin

The summer concerts have started, and piano artwork is in the works.

That’s the word from Common Chord. The music organization has announced that its Live at 5 free summer concert series has begun. Concerts start at 5 p.m. every Friday in the Skybridge Courtyard in downtown Davenport. Go here for a schedule of concerts.

Also, Common Chord’s OneSound Piano Program is back with additional locations. In 2022, Common Chord unveiled this program and continues to place local artist-designed pianos in iconic QC locations for the public to interact with and to populate these spaces with music and art.

Common Chord will host its OneSound Piano Program again this summer
Niabi Zoo visitors enjoy the piano placed at the Coal Valley zoo through Common Chord’s OneSound Piano Program. Launched last year, the program provides more music, art and interaction to public spaces throughout the QC. CREDIT COMMON CHORD

This year, there will be a live piano painting at the Quad Cities International Airport, Moline, by local artist Rehan Hatfield.The public can observe Mr. Hatfield on most weekday mornings as he completes the design of the piano that will be played in the airport’s atrium, between the entrance and doors five and six.

Each year, Common Chord puts out a call for artists to design and paint additional pianos for the program. Pianos will be placed at various locations around the area beginning the week of June 24 and remaining until next May.

Those pianos are scheduled to be placed at these sites:

  • Niabi Zoo, Coal Valley.
  • The Freight House Farmers Market in Davenport.
  • The Quad Cities International Airport.
  • Antique Archaeology in LeClaire.
  • Quad City Botanical Center in Rock Island.
  • The RiverCenter/ Adler Theatre in Davenport.
  • MLK Center in Rock Island.
  • Mercado on Fifth in Moline.
  • VanderVeer Botanical Center in Davenport.
  • Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf.
  • Lincoln Center in Davenport.
  • Centers for Active Seniors Inc. (CASI) in Davenport.
  • Redstone Building in Davenport.

Partial support for the program comes from Iowa Arts Council,  Davenport Riverfront Improvement Commission, the Quad Cities International Airport, and Davenport Parks and Recreation.

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