Concert Experience

2015/2016 Season Miss a Piece, Miss a lot!

Civic Music Association continues its tradition of excellence in 2015/2016 by bringing the world’s finest musicians to central Iowa to perform inspirational concerts and deliver memorable music education experiences.
We have pieced together a great season for you. Some of the artists may be familiar. Others may be new to you. But if you choose to experience every piece of the puzzle by purchasing a season ticket, you will experience what has made CMA so special for more than 90 years.
Full Season (all 8 concerts!)
Quartet (choose 4 concerts)
Trio (choose 3 concerts)
Jelly, Rags and Monk
“[Turtle Island Quartet] is a unified voice that truly breaks new ground – authentic and passionate – a reflection of some of the most creative music-making today.” Yo-Yo Ma
The extraordinary jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut and the GRAMMY® winning Turtle Island Quartet are back together, displaying their formidable collective virtuosity. Making soulful and sweet connections that delve deeply into the jazz and classical traditions, their performance will draw a blazing line from the early roots of jazz directly to Thelonius Monk, one of the geniuses of the modern jazz era.
7:30pm Saturday 10.24.15 – CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT
“She has poise, elegance, soul, humor, sensuality, power, virtuosity, range, insight,  intelligence, depth and grace.” Wynton Marsalis
Cécile McLorin Salvant surprised the jazz world when she came from out of nowhere to win the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition in 2010. Since that watershed victory, McLorin Salvant has become known for her unique interpretations of unknown and scarcely recorded jazz and blues compositions, most recently captured on the 2014 Downbeat Jazz Album of the Year WomanChild.
7:30pm Sunday 11.15.15 – JOEY DEFRANCESCO QUARTET
“The quicksilver nature of his technique, fluidity of his ideas [and] musicality of his phrases … have placed him in a category by himself among contemporary jazz organists.” Chicago Tribune
Joey DeFrancesco’s emergence in the 1980s signaled the return of organ jazz, especially the sound of the Hammond B3, to the jazz world. This two-time Grammy  nominee signed his first record deal at the age of 16 and has performed on more than 30 albums and toured with Miles Davis, David Sanborn, John McLaughlin, Joe Lovano and many more jazz legends.
Thursday 12.10.15 – CALMUS
A Special Holiday Concert
“Calmus Ensemble is stunning in its vocal variety and mastery.” Washington Post
This a cappella quintet embodies the rich choral tradition of their hometown of Leipzig, Germany, offering the unique combination of a pure soprano voice with four male voices ranging from bass to countertenor. Their charming stage presence, flawless technique and diverse repertoire will make for a very special holiday concert.
7:30pm Saturday 1.23.16 – DALÍ QUARTET
Classical Roots. Latin Soul.
“The music pulsed with excitement.” Chestnut Hill (Philadelphia) Local
Performing an enticing mix of classical/romantic string quartet repertoire with Latin American chamber music – including popular danzons and more – the Dalí Quartet creates an extraordinary concert experience that will take listeners on an eclectic journey of rhythm and sound.
This concert is sponsored by the Sam & Gertrude Shloss Endowment Concert Fund.
7:30pm Wednesday 2.3.16 ­– GREGORY PORTER
“One of the most accomplished jazz singer-songwriters to emerge in decades.” Jazz Wise
Gregory Porter, who has been compared to artists such as Joe Williams, Nat Cole and Marvin Gaye, is a disarmingly sincere performer with a groove that never quits and a voice of incredible virtuosity. This Grammy winner, called “Jazz’s next great male vocalist” by Jazz Times, has developed a worldwide following based on moving performances of self-penned originals and a style that slides confidently between jazz and R&B.
7:30pm Saturday 3.26.16 – BRIA SKONBERG QUINTET
“Bria radiates an energy that is so refreshing to see and her compositional chops are on par with her ability to swing.” Bucky Pizzarelli
Canadian native Bria Skonberg has set the New York jazz scene on fire following her arrival in 2010. This young talent, best known for her mastery of classic jazz trumpet, swept the 2014 Hot House Jazz Magazine Awards in all categories nominated – Best Jazz Artist, Best Trumpet, Best Female Vocalist and Best Group for the Bria Skonberg Quartet – and was identified by the Jazz Journalists’ Association as an Up and Coming Jazz Artist of the Year nominee.
7:30pm Friday 4.15.16 – JEREMY DENK
“Mr. Denk, clearly, is a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs, in whatever combination.” New York Times
One of America’s most thought-provoking, multi-faceted and compelling artists, pianist Jeremy Denk is the winner of a 2013 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the 2014 Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year award.
This concert is sponsored by the Marjorie Spevak Endowment Fund.

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