Ninety Miles featuring Stefon Harris, Nicholas Payton and David Sanchez


Single tickets for all concerts in the 2012/13 Season of Civic Music Association will go on sale at 9 am on Monday, August 6, 2012.  Tickets range from $12-$49 for adults and $8-$23 for students and can be purchased at or by calling 515-280-4020.  In addition, Season Subscriptions are still available.
Now in its 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.

Kicking off the season on September 21, 2012 will be Shuffle. Play. Listen. Featuring Pianist, Christopher O’Riley and Cellist, Matt Haimovitz. The duo will 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.  This concert is sponsored, in part, by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Iowa Arts Council.
October 12, 2012 brings Christian McBride & the Inside Straight to Des Moines.  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.
Concluding the first half of the season on December 8, 2012 will be Ninety Miles, featuring Stefon Harris, Nicholas Payton and David Sanchez.  This Cuban American jazz band 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.
February 8, 2013 will feature the a capella ensemble Anonymous 4.  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.
The Jim Hall Trio will present their poetic music on 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.  Not only is Jim Hall one of the jazz world’s favorite guitarists, but he has also earned critical acclaim for his skills as a composer and arranger, garnering formal recognition in 1997 when he won the New York Jazz Critics Circle Award for Best Jazz Composer/Arranger.  This concert is sponsored, in part, by Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino.
The 2012/13 Season will conclude with Miró Quartet with Colin Currie on 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.
In addition to our concert series, Civic Music Association is committed to enriching the community through FREE Partners in Music Education programs.  Each artist will conduct free educational events in the community inviting students and the general public to learn from some of the greatest international touring musicians of all time.

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