Eighth Blackbird

May 12th, 2018, 7:30pm

Pre-Concert: 7:00pm

ABOUT EIGHTH BLACKBIRD Eighth Blackbird is “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet” (Chicago Tribune). Launched by six entrepreneurial Oberlin Conservatory undergraduates in 1996, this Chicago-based super-group has earned its status as “a brand-name…defined by … Continue reading

Emanuel Ax

Thursday, October 25, 2018 7:30pm

6:30 PM, 7:00 PM, 7:30 PM

Emanuel Ax is one of the world’s most brilliant and versatile pianists, earning the respect and admiration of music lovers and critics around the world. A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and a frequent recording and concert partner with Yo-Yo Ma, Ax now teaches at Juilliard and regularly performs with major symphony orchestras around the world. Program to include pieces by Chopin, Schumann and Ravel, among others.

Hot Club of San Francisco: Cool Yule Holiday Concert

Saturday, December 8 2018 7:30 PM

6:30 PM, 7:00 PM, 7:30 PM

One of the vanguards of the current gypsy jazz revival, Hot Club of San Francisco (HCSF) has integrated Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s jazz manouche style with their own disparate influences to create a unique sound of their own. Their Cool Yule performance will integrate popular holiday favorites with the style HCSF is known for.

Julian Lage Trio

Saturday, January 19, 2019 7:30pm

6:30 PM, 7:00 PM, 7:30 PM

Guitarist Julian Lage has an impressive career. At the mere age of 13, Lage performed at the Grammy® Awards. Just two years later, at the age of 15, he joined the faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop at Stanford University. Lage regularly tours, presenting sold-out shows from the East Coast to the West. And with two Grammy® nominations, his Des Moines debut will be an experience you won’t forget.

Veronica Swift with the Benny Green Trio

Saturday, March 9, 2019 7:30pm

6:30 PM, 7:00 PM, 7:30 PM

Veronica Swift made her first appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center at age 11. Now all of 23 years old, Veronica Swift has drawn attention following her finish at the Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition in 2015 and headlining the Telluride Jazz Festival. For her debut performance in Des Moines she will perform with The Benny Green Trio, a staple of the New York City jazz scene led by one of the most exciting swing and hard-bop pianists to emerge from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.

Fauré Piano Quartett

Friday, March 29, 2019 7:30pm

6:30 PM, 7:00 PM, 7:30 PM

The Fauré Quartett is a Germany-based piano quartet named for the French composer Gabriel Fauré. Recognized as one of the leading piano quartets in Europe today, the Fauré Quartett was founded in 1995 by the same four musicians who form the quartet today. Fauré Quartett performances are known for their breathtaking balance, ensemble, intonation and finely synchronized interpretation. Program to include works by Fauré and Schumann.

Sybarite5: Everything in it’s Right Place

Friday, May 3, 2019 7:30pm

6:30 PM, 7:00 PM, 7:30 PM

Dubbed the “Millennial Kronos,” SYBARITE5 rounds out the season with its eclectic repertoire. This adventurous string quintet bridges genre gaps and brings unlikely musical combinations together to create unique concert experiences. SYBARITE5 enjoys a well-earned reputation for challenging perceptions of what music can be and who plays what, pushing the boundaries of concert music. Everything In Its Right Place is a cohesive showcase of the ensemble’s regular playlist, including music by Radiohead, Piazzolla, Mozart, and Brubeck, as well as new compositions for the group by Andy Ahiko, Eric Byers, Shawn Conly, and Dan Visconti.