June 8, 2018

Belin Quartet

Free noon-time concerts on summer Fridays, downtown Des Moines



The Belin Quartet was established in 1999 by a grant to Civic Music Association by the Iowa Foundation for Education, Environment, and the Arts, a charitable foundation created by David Belin. David Belin (1928-1999) 
was a prominent attorney, civic leader, and philanthropist who moved to Des Moines in 1954 and had a tremendous impact on the city during the last half of the 20th century.

A talented violinist himself, he loved music. He also loved Des Moines, and with his trademark bow tie, he was an ever-present supporter of music and the arts in the city. Belin envisioned a community with the opportunity to share in the joys of classical music, which is realized through the Belin Quartet. After his death in 1999, David Belin’s children made the first of 17 annual grants through the Foundation to underwrite the Belin Quartet.

The Belin Quartet consists of alternating violinists Julie Fox Henson, John Helmich, and Tracy Engman Finkelshteyn, violist Jonathan Sturm, and cellist George Work.


All concerts in the series begin at 12:15pm and conclude at 1:00pm,
and are free and open to the public.
Rain location is the lobby of the Kirkwood Hotel, 400 Locust Street.

May 25
Schumann No. 1 in A minor
People’s Plaza
Corner of E. Locust and E. 7th St.

June 1
Beethoven Op. 59 no. 3
Downtown Library Lawn

June 8
Beethoven Op. 18 no. 1
Botanical Garden

June 15
Mozart K. 428
Gershwin Lullaby
Downtown Library Lawn

June 22
Shostakovich Quartet no. 4
Cowles Commons

June 29
Beethoven Op. 132
East Lawn, Meredith Campus

July 6
Brahms sextet in G
Cowles Commons

July 13
Haydn Op. 76 no. 5
Downtown Library Lawn

July 20
Children’s Concert
Downtown Library Lawn

July 27
Mozart Clarinet Quintet
Carl Maria Von Weber Quintet
Principal Financial Group
Corner of 7th St. and Watson Powell Way


Check the Civic Music FaceBook page to stay up-to-date on the locations of the concert. If you have any questions, feel free to call the Civic Music Association office at 515-280-4020 or email info@civicmusic.org to confirm the location!

Are you interested in booking the Belin Quartet for an event, concert or party?  Please call 515.280.4020 or email info@civicmusic.org for more information and rates.

Tickets for two-day festival on sale June 1!

The Des Moines Social Club and Civic Music Association will present the 3rd Annual Des Moines Jazz Festival over Labor Day weekend on August 31st and September 1st, 2018. The festival is two days of outstanding jazz performances in the Des Moines Social Club’s Prairie Meadows Courtyard.

The Des Moines Social Club and its partners began the Des Moines Jazz Festival as an answer to the overwhelming support and investment in the Des Moines jazz community. This year’s lineup is headlined by the all-female New Orleans jazz supergroup, SHAKE ‘EM UP JAZZ BAND on Saturday,  and BOBBY WATSON QUARTETon Friday, featuring Kansas City saxophone player and jazz legend Bobby Watson, Jr.  The festival will also feature notable jazz violinist CHRISTIAN HOWES, Iowa legends the HEATH ALAN BAND, local music prodigies THE UNDERTONES, members of the JOHNSTON HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND, local brass band GRAND AVE RUCKUS, and Des Moines’ own NOLA JAZZ BAND.

“The staff and board of Civic Music Association are pleased to partner with the Des Moines Social Club once again to bring a weekend of great music to downtown Des Moines,” says Peter Stevenson, Executive Director of CMA. “The lineup reflects the vitality of the local jazz scene and offers jazz fans an opportunity to hear national touring artists like Christian Howes, Bobby Watson, Jr., and the New Orleans-based Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band. Mark your calendars now for August 31 and September 1 and join us in this celebration of jazz!”

The price of admission is $10 for Friday, $20 for Saturday, and $25 for a two-day pass.  Event organizers encourage attendees to bring their own lawn chairs, but chairs are available for rent for $5 per day. Food and beverage will be for sale at the festival as well.

The Des Moines Social Club is dedicated to making art accessible to the community. CMA is dedicated to engaging, enriching and educating through provocative performances by legends and rising stars. The Des Moines Jazz Festival’s presenting sponsor is University of Iowa Credit Union, with supporting sponsors Fred & Charlotte Hubbell and the Des Moines Register.  For more information about the festival, and to purchase tickets on June 1, visit www.desmoinesjazzfestival.com.

Nix and Virginia Lauridsen had their first CMA experience just a few years ago. They happened onto a concert featuring Bria Skonberg, a young jazz singer and trumpet player who swooned the audience with standards and self-penned originals.

Although they weren’t big fans of jazz at the time, the couple purchased one of Bria’s CDs. Shortly thereafter, they began supporting CMA, impressed by the superb and varied talent Civic Music brings to Des Moines. They’ve also become Season Ticket holders. Most recently, they attended a concert featuring Cyrille Aimée. Virginia, a singer herself, loved Cyrille, exclaiming “she was so genuine and fun! Not only was her vocal technique impressive, but she was superb onstage. She really interacted with the audience.” That audience interaction is one of the things that keeps the Lauridsens involved with CMA. “I love watching the audience become energized by the magic of music.”

“CMA is the only arts organization in the city which brings world class chamber musicians to our community. Chamber music is intimate; you are so “close” to the artists. Next season we will get the chance to hear Emanuel Ax in recital! Plus, the educational interaction of the artists with young musicians in the area is priceless. Our children get to work side by side with working musicians – how inspirational!”

The Lauridsens are also attracted to CMA’s Partners in Music Education programs and aim to support it in any way they can. Virginia, who is now a member of the CMA Board of Directors, also sits on the education committee. “All of the CMA artists engage in educating our area young musicians. It provides such a unique and meaningful experience for students, and it is a wonderful mission.”

The Lauridsens can be found at events around Des Moines, but if you really want to get to know them, you’ll have to step outside. Both Nix and Virginia love being outdoors. Hiking, biking and horseback riding (especially Icelandic Horses – check out Harmony Icelandics to meet the most amazing little horses!) are just a few of the couple’s hobbies. And they love Iowa and always want it to be the best it can be.

“We are so fortunate to have vibrant artistic opportunities in central Iowa. Arts and culture are the heartbeat of a community, and ours have made Des Moines a destination city. CMA plays a unique role in the musical life of the city by bringing high quality classical chamber music and jazz to the area.”

Thank you to Nix and Virginia for their fantastic support of CMA and other organizations in Iowa!

Season tickets are now on sale for the Civic Music Association 2018/2019 Season!

Season ticket holders receive a significant discount and have access to the best seats in the house. Purchase your season tickets today!


Three-time Grammy® Award winner Ramsey Lewis is a jazz legend known for his swinging style that has spanned generations and genres. Lewis will perform with jazz singer Ann Hampton Callaway, who was recently voted “Performer of the Year” by Broadwayworld.com.

EMANUEL AX – 7:30 PM, Thursday, 10.25.18, Sheslow Auditorium

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.

This concert is sponsored by Nix and Virginia Lauridsen.

HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO: COOL YULE – 7:30 PM, Saturday, 12.8.18, Sheslow Auditorium

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 – 7:30 PM, Saturday, 1.19.19, Sheslow Auditorium

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 & THE BENNY GREEN TRIO – Saturday, 3.9.19, Sheslow Auditorium

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 QUARTETT – Friday, 3.29.19, Sheslow Auditorium

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.

This concert is sponsored by the Marjorie Spevak Endowment Fund.

SYBARITE5: EVERYTHING IN ITS RIGHT PLACE – Friday, 5.3.19, Sheslow Auditorium

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.

DES MOINES – The Civic Music Association is pleased to announce the appointment of a new member to its Board of Directors for its 2017/2018 season.

Joining the board this year is Joanne Tubbs. Tubbs began her term June 29, 2017, at the Civic Music Association Annual Board Meeting. Tubbs’ term will run through 2020.

Joanne Tubbs is the Lead Administrative Consultant at Iowa Board of Educational Examiners, where she works on teacher preparation programs and teacher licensure in the state of Iowa. Prior to her work for the IBEE, Tubbs’ served for six years as the Performing Arts Coordinator for the Des Moines Public Schools.

“I think Joanne Tubbs is an excellent addition to our Board of Directors,” reflected CMA Executive Director, Peter Stevenson. “CMA has a long-standing tradition of bringing music education to schools around Des Moines and with Joanne’s background I believe we will be able to improve our program.”

In addition to appointing Joanne Tubbs, CMA Board of Directors also voted for new officers to lead the board. Jeff Kane was voted to keep his position as President of the Board for a second term.

Stephen Sanda, after his first year on the Board of Directors and Chair of the Marketing Committee, was sworn in as the new 1st Vice President.

Neil Salowitz, also completing his first year on the Board, was voted to hold the position of 2nd Vice President.

Chairman of the Development Committee, Lincoln Dix was voted to take over the role of Secretary.

Karen Jackson will continue to serve as Treasurer of the Board.

The Civic Music Association kicks off their 93rd season on October 6th with a world-renowned ensemble, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble. This season also features artists such as David Sanborn, Delfeayo Marsalis, Eighth Blackbird and more! Single tickets go on sale July 14.

DES MOINES – Civic Music Association (CMA) is pleased to announce its 93rd season of jazz and classical music concerts in Des Moines.

From performances featuring two of the worlds’ most respected and awarded chamber ensembles, to a performance by a Grammy®-winning master of the alto sax, to one of New Orleans’ most celebrated jazz orchestras, CMA’s 2017/2018 season was designed with the adventurous in mind.

Civic Music Association’s seven-concert series begins on Oct. 6, 2017, with an unforgettable performance by Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble at Shelsow Auditorium. The London-based ensemble is one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras. Renowned for its fresh and brilliant interpretations of the worlds most loved classical music, The Washington Post praises the ensemble for their sweet and pure sounding music.

Again in October, CMA presents alto sax player and Grammy®– winning David Sanborn on Oct. 27, 2017, at Hoyt Sherman Place. Regarded as one of the most highly active musicians in Jazz, Sanborn is known for blending jazz with pop and R&B and is considered to be, “the most influential saxophonist for pop, R&B, and crossover players of the past 20 years.”

For our holiday concert on Dec. 9, 2017, CMA introduces the fun and unique trio, Time for Three. Violinist Nick Kendall, violinist Charles Yang and double-bassist Ranaan Meyer perform music from Bach to Katy Perry, as well as playing original pieces. Their contagious energy mixed with holiday cheer will result in one amazing concert at Sheslow Auditorium.

For the lovebirds, CMA welcomes Cyrille Aimée to the stage for her Des Moines debut performance on Feb. 16, 2018, at Sheslow Auditorium. Hailed as one of the most talented jazz singers of her generation, Aimée, and her band will effortlessly shift gears from classic jazz songs such as, “Three Litte Words” and “Love Me Or Leave Me” to Valentine’s Day themed ballads.

Trombonist and bandleader Delfeayo Marsalis returns to Des Moines for the second time, this time with the hard-swinging, New Orleans Jazz band: The Uptown Jazz Orchestra on Mar. 2, 2017 at Hoyt Sherman Place. The majority of the musicians are Louisiana natives, ranging from talented young students to respected veterans, who have continued the long jazz tradition of onstage apprenticeship. The Uptown Jazz Orchestra shows are always a good time and their soulful soloists get the audience cheering throughout the performance.

Julliard alums and renowned musicians, Lysander Piano Trio makes their Des Moines debut alongside clarinetist Charles Neidich on April 7, 2018, at Sheslow Auditorium. Together they will perform Transplated, a program by European composers who were displaced due to the rise of Nazism in the 1930s and who sought refuge in America and Israel.

To close out it’s 2017/2018 season, CMA welcomes four-time Grammy®– winning ensemble, Eighth Blackbird on May 12, 2018, at Sheslow Auditorium. Hailed as one of the most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet by the Chicago Tribune, these six virtuoso musicians will perform a diverse program of key works drawn from 20 years of commissions, collaborations and performances.


2017-2018 subscription packages guarantee the best seats at Sheslow Auditorium and Hoyt Sherman Place for the lowest available prices. Subscriptions may be purchased at civicmusic.org, by calling 515.280.4080, or in person at the CMA office, located at the Des Moines Social Club (900 Mulberry St. Suite 203, Des Moines) beginning Mon. April 24 and at our season finale concert on May 20.

The Civic Music Association is pleased to announce the addition of nine new members to its Board of Directors for the 2016/2017 Season.

Joining the board this year are Molly Brandt, Virginia Croskery Lauridsen, Todd Jones, Amy Kruzich, Chuck Kuba, Neil Salowitz, Stephen Sanda, Hanna Wolle, and Brooke Yang.   The new board members began their terms June 25, 2016 at the Civic Music Association Annual Board Meeting with terms running through 2019.

Molly Brandt is a currently a junior at Drake University majoring in Music Business. Brandt is an active member of the Drake community singing with the Drake Choir and Drake Chamber Choir in addition to serving as VP Alumni Connections for the Drake Student Alumni Association.

Virginai Croskery Lauridsen is an Assistant Professor of Music at Simpson College. As a soprano, Croskery Lauridsen has performed with numerous orchestras across North America including the St. Louis Symphony under the direction of Leonard Slatkin. She has also performed at Carnegie Hall in Fauré’s Requiem with the New Jersey Symphony and is a strong advocate of arts education. Croskery Lauridsen currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Des Moines Metro Opera Board of Directors.

Chuck Kuba is the president and owner of Iowa Diamond in Des Moines. Prior to entering the diamond business, Chuck worked in multiple leadership positions at the Lyric Opera of Dallas, The Dallas Opera, Asolo Center for the Performing Arts, and the Florida Philharmonic. Kuba also serves on the board of directors for the Diamond Council of America as well as the Des Moines Area Religious Council.

Todd Jones is the Research Director for the Crop Genome Engineering group at DuPont Pioneer where he leads teams located in Johnston, IA as well as Hayward, CA. Prior to joining DuPont Pioneer, Jones worked with BASF Plant Science as the Tech Center Leader for Cell Biology.

Amy Kruzich is the Executive Director of Development in the College of Veterniary Medicine at the Iowa State University Foundation, where she leads the fundraising efforts for the college. Prior to her role at ISU, Krusich served on the campaign staff at the United Way of Central Iowa. She has also been involved with the Junior League of Des Moines and the Central Iowa Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Neil Salowitz was the Director of Marketing for Principal Global Investors, where he developed investment strategies for insurance companies before his retirement in 2009. Currently, Salowitz is also a member of the Des Moines Social Club Board of Directors where he played a key role in bringing live jazz performance to The Basement, The Social Club’s intimate music venue.

Stephen Sanda is a Licensed Architect at BNIM Architects in downtown Des Moines, where his work focuses on environmentally regenerating and aesthetically pleasing designs. Before joining the Civic Music board, Sanda served on the board of directors at the Love’s Jazz and Arts Center in Omaha. At Love’s Jazz and Arts Center, he led a strategic visioning and rebranding effort in partnership with Bozell Integrated Marketing Services.

Executive Director, Peter Stevenson reflected, “The Staff and current Board members are very pleased that so many talented, experienced, and committed people have stepped forward to help lead Civic Music Association. It is a testament to the quality of our organization and to the broadening appeal of our music and education offerings. We are looking forward to another great year at Civic Music.”

The Civic Music Association kicks off their 92nd season October 1st with world-renowned violinist, Sarah Chang. This season also features artists such as Manhattan Transfer, Take 6, Canadian Brass, Lizz Wright, and more! Single tickets are now on sale.

Season Tickets On Sale Now starting at just $90!

Single Tickets On Sale July 15!

SARAH CHANG: Saturday, October 1, 7:30 PM, Sheslow Auditorium

Sarah Chang is recognized as one of the world’s great violinists. Born in 1980 in South Korea, her career started very early. Ms. Chang was admitted to Juilliard School of Music at age six and made her debut with the New York Philharmonic when she was just eight years old. By the time she was 11, she had performed with several of the world’s great orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Since her young, meteoric rise, Ms. Chang has continued to capture the music world’s attention. Recent performances include BBC Scottish Symphony, Barcelona Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Houston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, Ravinia Festival and Aspen Music Festival.

VIDEO: Sarah Chang performing Salut d’amour, Op. 12

This concert is sponsored by Nixon and Virginia Lauridsen and the Marjorie Spevak Endowment Fund.

MANHATTAN TRANSFER MEETS TAKE 6: Saturday, November 5, 7:30 PM, Hoyt Sherman

Founded in 1969, Manhattan Transfer released their first hit, Operator, in 1975. And in 1981, the group made history as the first group to win Grammy Awards in both Pop and Jazz categories in the same year with their release of The Boy From New York City. A few years later, the 12 Grammy nominations they received for their album Vocalese became second only to Michael Jackson’s Thriller as most nominated album, cementing the group’s status as one of the most important and innovative vocal groups in the history of popular music.

TAKE 6 has been recognized as the quintessential a cappella group since release of their first self-titled album in 1988. And they are certainly the most rewarded, with 10 Grammys, 10 Dove Awards (Gospel Music Awards), seven consecutive years as DownBeat magazine’s Critic’s and Reader’s Poll Best Jazz Vocal Group, a Soul Train Music Award, Black Radio Exclusive Vocal Group of the Year, and induction into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame.

VIDEO: The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6

This concert is sponsored by EMC Insurance Companies.

CANADIAN BRASS HOLIDAY CONCERT: Friday, December 9, 7:30 PM, Sheslow Auditorium

The game-changing brass quintet Canadian Brass has performed in virtually every major concert hall in the world, been seen by hundreds of millions of people on television, sold 2 million of their approximately 100 albums worldwide and contributed nearly 600 new works and arrangements to the brass quintet repertoire. The first brass ensemble to tour China and the first to play the main stage at Carnegie Hall, they are almost single-handedly responsible for elevating the art of the brass quintet to what it is today.

VIDEO: Canadian Brass performing Flight of the Bumblebee

VIDEO: Canadian Brass performing Bach’s Bells

AARON DIEHL QUARTET WITH WARREN WOLF: Friday, February 10, 7:30 PM, Hoyt Sherman

Pianist Aaron Diehl is one of the most sought after jazz virtuosos, consistently playing with what The New York Times describes as “melodic precision, harmonic erudition, and elegant restraint.” His meticulously thought-out performances, collaborations and compositions are for spearheading a distinct union of traditional and fresh jazz artistry. Joining Mr. Diehl for this Civic Music concert will be vibraphonist Warren Wolf, who like Mr. Diehl is a classically trained jazz virtuoso.

VIDEO: Aaron Diehl Quartet performs Bags’ Groove by Milt Jackson


In early 1917, The Original Dixieland Jass Band recorded “Livery Stable Blues” and “Dixie Jass Band One Step.” These titles, released on March 7, 1917 are recognized as the first jazz recordings. First marketed simply as a novelty, they were a surprise hit, giving many Americans their first taste of jazz.

To celebrate this important milestone and the 100th birthdays of Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk and Mongo Santamaria, Civic Music Association is proud to present Jazz 100. Featuring an all-star lineup of musicians, including Chris Potter (tenor sax), Avishai Cohen (trumpet), Wycliffe Gordon (trombone), and vocalist Lizz Wright, this special performance is under the musical direction of Danilo Perez, former pianist for Dizzy Gillespie. An A-list rhythm section including Ben Street (bass), Adam Cruz (drums) and Roman Diaz (percussion) round out the lineup.

ENSEMBLE DAL NIENTE: Saturday, April 22, 7:30 PM, Sheslow Auditorium

Young chamber musicians the world over are pushing boundaries and creating new forms of expression.

Ensemble Dal Niente, a 22-member Chicago-based contemporary music collective, is deeply involved in this exploration, performing new music that redefines the listening experience and advances the art form.

For their Civic Music Association concert, Dal Niente (which means “from nothing” in Italian) will perform important 19th century chamber works, juxtaposed against 20th and 21st century compositions written in response to those earlier works. They will also perform a work called Deerhoof Chamber Variations, the result of a collaboration with the drummer and composer Greg Saunier from the indie-rock band Deerhoof.

This concert is sponsored by the Sam and Gertrude Shloss Endowment Concert Fund.

Video: Ensemble Dal Niente performs Adam + Eve Connection from Deerhoof Chamber Variations

MATT HAIMOVITZ: Saturday, May 20, 7:30 PM, Sheslow Auditorium

Cellist Matt Haimovitz has inspired classical music lovers and countless new listeners by bringing his artistry to concert halls and clubs, outdoor festivals and intimate coffee houses, any place where passionate music can be heard. Mr. Haimovitz made his debut in 1984, at the age of 13, as soloist with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. At 17 he made his first recording with James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, for Deutsche Grammophon. For his Civic Music Association concert, Mr. Haimovitz will perform movements from Bach’s Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, some of the most moving and spiritual compositions for a solo instrument in history.

VIDEO: Matt Haimovitz performing J.S Bach’s Suite for Cello no. 6 in D major


Full Season and Trio (3-concert) packages ensure your seats, and packages start at just $90! PURCHASE HERE or call us at 515.280.4020.  Single tickets go on sale July 15.


Civic Music is proud to present world-class artists and rising stars to Des Moines! At the 58th Grammy Awards, three artists presented by Civic Music were honored:

Cécile McLorin Salvant (2015/2016 Season)
2015 Best Jazz Vocal Album, For One to Love

Béla Fleck (2014/2015)
2015 Best Folk Album, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Christian McBride (2012/2013)
2015 Best Improvised Jazz Solo

These three artists join the ranks of many, many other fantastic award-winners, many of which Civic Music has presented over the course of our 90 year history. Since 2010, CMA has presented 16 Grammy-winning artists, including the three listed above and the following:

1 – Gregory Porter (2015/2016)
2014 Best Jazz Vocal Album, Liquid Spirit

2 – Esperanza Spalding (2010/2011)
2011 Best New Artist (she beat out Justin Bieber and Drake!)

3 – Emerson String Quartet (2011/2012)
9 time Grammy Award winners

4 – Spanish Harlem Orchestra (2014/2015)
2 time Grammy Award winners

5 – Kurt Elling (2014/2015)
2009 Best Jazz Vocal Album, Dedicated to You

6 – Earl Klugh with Nnenna Freelon (2014/2015)
1981 Best Pop Instrumental Performance,  One on One

7 – Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (2014/2015)
2005 Best Classical Crossover CD, Guitar Heroes

8 – Turtle Island Quartet (2015/2016)
2 time Grammy Award winners

9 – Preservation Hall Jazz Band (2011/2012)
Performers on 2009 Grammy Winning Album Down in New Orleans by The Blind Boys of Alabama

10 – Poncho Sanchez & his Latin Jazz Band (2011/2012)
2000 Best Latin Jazz Album, Latin Soul

11 – Ninety Miles (2012/2013)
Trio featuring Grammy Winners Nicholas Payton and David Sanchez 

12 – Grammy Winning Collin Currie with the Miro Quartet (2012/2013)

13 – New York Voices (2013/2014)
1997 Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance, Count Basie Orchestra with New York Voices Live at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild

This concert is sponsored by Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel.


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“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.

A specialist in classic American hot jazz, Skonberg expands the vocabulary and traditions of Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet with worldly rhythms and modern jazz variance. Her US debut album “So Is The Day” peaked at #7 on the National Jazz Charts, and featured original compositions and NOLA inspired stylistic fusions.  Skonberg has been awarded the Jazz At Lincoln Center Swing! Award (2015),  DownBeat Magazine Rising Star (2013-15), The New York Bistro Awards Outstanding Jazz Artist (2014), Hot House Magazine Best Vocal, Best Trumpet (2014-15), a nominee for Jazz Journalists’ Association Up and Coming Artist (2013), and more.  She is an educator, Co-Director/Co-Founder of the New York Hot Jazz Camp, and Co-Founder of the New York Hot Jazz Festival (2012-). Bria Skonberg is a Bach/Conn-Selmer Artist.

Honors & Awards

  • 2014 Hot House Jazz Magazine Best Jazz Artist
  • 2014 Hot House Jazz Magazine Best Trumpet
  • 2014 Hot House Jazz Magazine Best Group
  • Jazz Journalists’ Association Up & Coming Jazz Artist Nominee