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Civic Music Association Celebrates 90th Anniversary with Week of Events

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On June 30, 1925 a group of dedicated, passionate individuals started a small organization with a big mission. Since that momentous founding 90 years ago, Civic Music Association has grown as an exceptional establishment in central Iowa. We invite you to join in celebrating our 90th season with a week of musical, educational and engaging activities leading up to a prodigious performance by Philip Glass on April 6, 2014.
For the chance to win a pair of tickets to a 2014-2015 season concert of choice, post on social media (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) with the tag #cma90 at all following 90th Anniversary Celebration Week events.
Mark your Calendar 
Founders’ Tea
Monday, March 31, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314
Converge in the historic venue’s parlor for light refreshments, music by the Belin Quartet and delightful company. Marjorie Spevak and Frances Shloss, daughters of CMA co-founder, Gertrude Shloss, will host the complimentary tea.
Reserve your spot by calling the CMA office at 515.280.4020.
Belin Quartet Pop-UP
Monday, March 31, 2014
12 p.m.
Americana, 1312 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309
Expert musicians will delight at the delicious Western Gateway restaurant, Americana
Civic Music Association Ribbon Cutting
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
5 p.m.
Civic Music Association, 900 Mulberry St, Suite 2013, Des Moines IA 50309
Join the Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce, CMA board members and supporters in the new CMA office space for refreshments, networking and an official ribbon cutting at 6 p.m.
Koyaanisqatsi Film Screening
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
7:00 p.m. Ambient music by Mickey Davis
7:30 p.m. Film Viewing of Koyaanisqatsi, Dr. Nicholas Roth will perform Philip Glass’ “Mad Rush” on piano immediately following the film.
Kum and Go Theater, Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry St, Des Moines, IA 50309
Watch the best known of the Qatsi trilogy and 1982 cult film, “Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance.” Philip Glass composed the score and Godfrey Reggio directed.
Jazz Happy Hour
Thursday, April 3, 2014
5-7 p.m.
The Continental, 428 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309
Drink, eat and be with local jazz musicians and enthusiasts as live music from Max Wellman lights up the background. Full menu and drink specials will be available for purchase.
2013 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, Vadym Kholodenko
Friday, April 4, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University, 2507 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311
Celebrate the life and legacy of Van Cliburn. The 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition winner, Vadym Kholodenko, will perform an expert program complete with compositions by Schumann, Brahms and Chopin.
The 2014-2015 season announcement will be made at the concert.
Tickets ($48, $38, $30 and $20) to the concert can be purchased at Midwestix or by calling the Civic Music Association office at 515.280.4020. Discounts are available for students prior to the concert, or a $10 student rush ticket can be purchased the evening of the show (based on availability).
 
Master Class with 2013 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, Vadym Kholodenko
Saturday, April 5, 2014
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center, Drake University, 2505 Carpenter Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311
Seize this exceptional opportunity to learn from the talented Vadym Kholodenko as he hosts a free master class open to the public.
 
Panel Discussion with Philip Glass
Saturday, April 5, 2014 – this event is SOLD OUT.  While this event is free, reservations are required.  To be added to a waiting list, please call the Civic Music Association office at 515.280.4020.
7:00 p.m.
Levitt Auditorium, Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312
Don’t miss this must-see summit of local music experts and pianist/composer Philip Glass discussing, “The 21st Century Concert Experience: Engaging New Audiences through Multimedia & Technology.”
The panelists, along with Glass, include Joseph Guinta, Music Director & Conductor at the Des Moines Symphony & Academy; Michael Egel, General Director of Des Moines Metro Opera; Dr. Jacob Harrison, Director of Orchestral Activities at Iowa State University; and Christopher Ford, Program Manager of Des Moines Music Coalition.
Philip Glass performing Works for Solo Piano
Sunday, April 6, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University, 2507 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311
Pianist, composer and collaborator, the extraordinary Philip Glass will narrate and perform “Works for Solo Piano” to commence the exciting 90th season of Civic Music Association.
Tickets ($50, $40, $35 and $25) to the concert can be purchased at Midwestix or by calling the Civic Music Association office at 515.280.4020. Discounts are available for students prior to the concert, or a $10 student rush ticket can be purchased the evening of the show (based on availability).

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