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Civic Music Association Announces the 2012/13 Season

Civic Music Association Announces 88th Season
Civic Music Association is proud to announce its 2012/13 season featuring exciting and diverse musical talents and styles.  Now in our 88th year, Civic Music Association continues to be a Central Iowa leader in presenting music that spans classical and jazz genres, in addition to providing free educational opportunities through its Partners in Music Education programs for the community.  All concerts are presented on the Jordan Stage, Sheslow Auditorium at Drake University and include a pre-concert talk or activity.
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Shuffle. Play. Listen featuring Christopher O’Riley and Matt Haimovitz
September 21, 2012
Pianist Christopher O’Riley and cellist Matt Haimovitz join together to explore the lyrical and virtuosic properties of their instruments in a collaboration that crosses in and out of the classical and pop music genres. The program showcases their talents as collaborators and soloists, defining what it means to be an artist in the 21st Century. Audiences will hear works of Bach and Gabrielli, Radiohead and Arcade Fire, Piazzolla and Stravinsky. A double CD recording, on Oxingale, was released in the fall of 2011 to rave reviews.
Christian McBride & Inside Straight
October 12, 2012
Christian McBride is the premier bassist on the today’s jazz and pop scene.  He is simply without peer on his instrument and the first choice as collaborator for everyone from Sting and Billy Joel to Sonny Rollins and Pat Metheny.  With his latest ensemble, Inside Straight, McBride has created “Kind of Brown,” a masterwork of upbeat, straight ahead jazz with a strong bebop feel and swing, a tribute to Ray Brown and the very significant musical legacy that is in danger of being forgotten.  This concert is sponsored by EMC Insurance Companies.
90 Miles featuring Stefon Harris, David Sanchez and Nicholas Payton
December 8, 2012
The Cuban American jazz band Ninety Miles is a three-piece group consisting of Stefon Harris (vibes), David Sanchez (saxophone), and Nicholas Payton (trumpet). The collaboration of these three outstanding musicians has created a unique collection of songs, blending traditional bebop with Latin and afro-Caribbean influence. Their highly anticipated 9-track album was recorded in Havana, Cuba over the course of a week and features the talents of the Cuban pianists Rember Duharte and Harold- Lopez Nussa, adding to the authentic Cuban flavor in the band’s music.
Anonymous 4
February 8, 2013
Renowned for their unearthly vocal blend and virtuosic ensemble singing, the four women of Anonymous 4 combine historical scholarship with contemporary performance intuition to create their magical sound. The ensemble has performed on major concert series and at festivals throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, including appearances at Tanglewood, Wolftrap, BBC Proms, Edinburgh Festival and the Brisbane Biennial.
Jim Hall Trio
March 2, 2013
In a career spanning nearly seven decades, Jim Hall’s musical style has been in a state of continuous development throughout. With each new concert tour and recording Jim reveals yet another facet of himself, not just as a player and composer, but also as a collaborator and explorer.  “Jim Hall is the reigning master of the jazz guitar. This poetic player says more with fewer notes than any living improviser.”
— The New Yorker
Miro Quartet with Colin Currie
April 6, 2013
Percussionist Colin Currie has established a unique reputation for his charismatic and
virtuosic performances. Regularly commissioning and recording new works, he has made an inspirational contribution to the percussion repertoire and has emerged as one of today’s most innovative and compelling artists.  Joining Currie will be the colorful
and dynamic Miró Quartet, one of America’s highest-profile chamber groups enjoying its place at the top of the international chamber music scene. The quartet captivates audiences and critics around the world with its startling intensity and fresh perspective.
Max Wellman with the Belin Quartet – Subscription Add-On Concert

July 20 & 21, 2012
Join jazz vocalist Max Wellman and the Belin Quartet for an all new, innovative show debuting the work of composer Sam Wells. Wellman has been working with Sam Wells for over a year on this concert, drawing on his classical training to create a new kind of American music… a true hybrid between the classical world and the Great American Songbook. Featuring the talents of the superb Belin Quartet, this concert is sure to be one-of-a-kind.

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