DAVENPORT, Iowa — Hundreds of refugees from around the world are settling into the Quad Cities. While hundreds more are on their way, local organizations are hoping to pave the way for a smooth transition to their new home.
The Quad City Symphony Orchestra and World Relief Quad Cities are hosting two concerts this weekend at the Adler Theater in Davenport. The shows are titled: Masterworks lll: Ode to Guitar.
"I think music is an international language and it transcends borders," World Relief Quad Cities executive director Laura Fontaine said. "It's bringing awareness to what's going on in the world."
50% of ticket sales are going to efforts that help local immigrants and refugees.
"This really will speak to everybody in your soul," Fontaine said. "We want to support them. We want them to know that the Quad Cities is their new home."
Fontaine said around 400 refugees are expected in the upcoming year.
"We have displaced people all around the world and there's humanitarian crises happening every day," Fontaine said.
Musician Mak Grgic will be featured as a soloist during the performances.
"Something that's very dear, dear to me, and something that I like to think about a lot," Grgic said. "It is my hope that audience members will go and not only ponder on the greatness of the music, but the music that it conveys."
The concerts take place on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets for the event can be purchased here.
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