Max Wellman with the Belin Quartet

Civic Music Association is proud to open its 2012/13 Season with a concert featuring jazz vocalist Max Wellman with the Belin Quartet for an all new, innovative show debuting the work of composer Sam Wells.  This two-night engagement will take place on July 20 & 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm at Drake University’s Sheslow Auditorium.

Jazz vocalist Max Wellman has shared the stage with acts ranging from Grammy-nominee Vanessa Carlton to operatic sensation Simon Estes, building a reputation throughout the midwest for top-notch entertainment. With a voice that has been compared to the likes of Harry Connick Jr., Frank Sinatra, and Michael Buble, Wellman’s concerts have become a staple on the music scene in Iowa.
Wellman has been working with fellow Des Moines native 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, inspired by the classic work of Frank Sinatra and the Hollywood String Quartet.  According to Civic Music Association Executive Director, Carrie Clogg, “We are thrilled to combine the superb talents of our Artists-in-Residence the Belin Quartet with Max Wellman performing the debut of compositions from Sam Wells.  This concert will feature a blending of the two genres Civic Music Association is proud to present each season…classical and jazz…for an evening you will not want to miss.”
Concert tickets will go on sale at 8 am on Monday, May 14. Tickets may be purchased by visiting Midwestix at, contacting the Civic Music Association office at 515-280-4020 or visiting the Civic Music Association box office located at 1620 Pleasant Street, Suite 244 in Sherman Hills. Tickets range from $20-$45 with special discounts for Max Wellman subscribers.

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