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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

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, 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.

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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


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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

PBJ & Jazz!

January 10, 2016

Fun for the whole family at the Peanut Butter, Jelly, & Jazz concert presented by the Civic Music Association in collaboration with the Des Moines Social Club and the Synergy Jazz Foundation. PBJ & Jazz concerts are 1-hour long interactive concerts designed to introduce jazz and American music to young children and their families.

The featured artist will be Bria Skonberg and her quartet. 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. Skonberg will be appearing Saturday evening at Sheslow auditorium at Drake University as a part of the Civic Music Association concert series.

The party commences at noon with a lunch of peanut butter & jelly, juice and a cookie.

RSVP HERE! PBJ & Jazz concerts are FREE. 

The Basement @ The Des Moines Social Club
901 Cherry, Des Moines
Saturday, March 26
Lunch at noon, concert to follow

Civic Music Association presents Grammy-winner Gregory Porter in intimate Sheslow Auditorium on Wednesday, February 3.

Gregory Porter, an R&B and gospel influenced jazz singer and former college football player, has seen much success. In 2014, his album Liquid Spirit won a Grammy for best jazz album, he was named International Jazz Artist of the Year, and he swept the DownBeat Critics Poll as the Best Male Vocalist and Best Jazz Artist.

“I laugh at the mix of people who show up at shows. I realise I have to give them all something – and something for all of them exists in me. There are songs that a 68-year-old grandma likes. And there are hard-hitting, more bass- and funk-infused things. That’s part of my vocabulary as well. And I don’t do them as a separate part of the show – they co-mingle and co-exist. Which is something I’ve done with everything – racially, politically. I’m trying to find that happy medium” say Porter, who performed at the 2014 BBC Awards along with One Direction and Coldplay and has headlined numerous festivals in the United States and abroad.

Gregory Porter

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University
2507 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311
7:00 PM pre-concert talk by Max Wellman| 7:30pm curtain

Partners in Music Education: Workshop on jazz arrangement with Chip Crawford, Porter’s pianist and arranger at 2:30 PM at Drake University’s Turner Jazz Center.


Concert tickets ($60, $50, $40 and $30) can be purchased HERE or by calling the Civic Music Association at 515.280.4020. A 40% student discount is available prior to the concert, or a $10 student rush ticket can be purchased the evening of the show (based on availability).

For more information, call 515.280.4020.

Civic Music Association presents the Latin American Dalí Quartet in intimate Sheslow Auditorium on Saturday, January 23.

Anchored in both Venezuela’s El Sistema and in American classical conservatory traditions, the Dalí Quartet combines the best of both worlds. The Dalí Quartet’s captivating performances of traditional string quartet and Latin-American repertoire create an extraordinary concert experience that takes listeners on an eclectic journey of rhythm and sound. In the spirit of famed Spanish artist Salvador Dalí, the Dalí Quartet embraces imagination and excellence as central to its art form.

Dalí Quartet will perform Schubert’s “Quartettsatz” in C minor, D. 703, Brahms’ String Quartet in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2, Piazzolla’s Four, for Tango, and other enticing Latin American works.

Trained by world-renowned artists, members of the Dalí Quartet are products of Venezuela’s social and music education movement El Sistema and have studied at esteemed institutions such as the Cleveland Institute of Music, Indiana University Bloomington, Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, Switzerland and the Simón Bolivar Conservatory in Caracas, Venezuela.

Dalí Quartet

Saturday, January 23, 2016
Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University
2507 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311
7:00 PM pre-concert talk by Ashley Sidon| 7:30pm curtain

January 23 Program

“Quartettsatz” in C minor, D. 703
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

String Quartet in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)


Angelica (Mix of Latin rhythms, 2000)
Efraín Amaya (Venezuela, b. 1959)

La Oración del Torero, Op. 34
“The Bullfighter’s Prayer” (1925)
Joaquín Turina (Spain, 1882-1949)

Four, for Tango (1987-89)
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)

El día que me quieras
“The day you love me” (Tango, 1935)
Carlos Gardel (Argentina, 1890-1935), arr. by N. Aponte

Danzón Almendra (Dance, 1938)
Abelardito Valdes (Cuba, 1911-1958), arr. by N. Aponte

Paquito D’Rivera (Cuba, b. 1948)

Partners in Music Education: Dalí Quartet will conduct its Latin Fiesta program at all five Des Moines’ Turnaround Arts Schools on Thursday, January 21 and Friday, January 22. In addition, they will do a master class with Drake University students on Saturday, January 23.

Thursday, January 21
9:10 AM at Madison Elementary
12:15 PM at Cattell Elementary
1:30 PM at Findley Elementary

Friday, January 22
8:45 AM at Harding Middle School
12:30 PM at Harding Middle School
2:00 PM at Oak Park Elementary
3:30 PM at Boys & Girls Club

Saturday, January 23
11:15 AM at Drake University

Concert tickets ($50, $40, $30 and $20) can be purchased HERE or by calling the Civic Music Association at 515.280.4020. A 40% student discount is available prior to the concert, or a $10 student rush ticket can be purchased the evening of the show (based on availability).

For more information, or call 515.280.4020.