Burlington Civic Music Association 2016-17 Season Schedule



Burlington Civic Music association announces its 87th season
 
Burlington Civic Music will bring eight diverse performances to the stage of Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium in its 87th season of artistry on the river.
 
2016-2017 season schedule
·    Presidio Brass, Wednesday, Sept. 14 – By combining a brass quintet, piano and percussion with original arrangements, the sound of this San Diego ensemble has become a trademark. Presidio Brass came together with the mission to promote music education and appreciation in youth. At every opportunity, including in Burlington, they couple their concert performances with clinics and student concerts. They have performed with symphony orchestras and shared the stage with pop artists that include Stevie Wonder, John Williams and Quincy Jones. When not on tour, they continue to perform with orchestras, maintain private teaching studios at local universities, arrange and compose new music, and operate a summer music camp for students.
·    The Capitol Steps, Thursday, Oct. 6 – Although it has been on the comedy scene since 1981, this satire on America's political process is timelier than ever. The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the people who employed them. Although not all of the current “Steps” members are former Capitol Hill staffers, they have collectively worked in 18 congressional offices, representing 62 years of House and Senate staff experience. They dig into the headlines of the day, and create song parodies and skits that convey a special brand of satirical humor.
·    Havana Cuban All-Stars, Sunday, Oct. 30 – With their U.S. and Canadian debut tour, Cuba's greatest musicians are bringing the fiery warmth and energy of their traditional music to North America. The Havana Cuban All-Stars is comprised of Cuba's greatest and most prominent musicians devoted to promoting the entire tapestry of Cuban music. Their acoustic-based music and inventive songwriting preserves the traditions of the Cuban musical art form and maintains their rich culture.
·    Fame – The Musical, Thursday, Nov. 17 – Since its production as a movie, television series and musical in the 1980s, this story of youthful yearning grew from its American roots to continued success in international touring. Its characters became household names, and their vibrant and often chaotic lives engaged thousands. There are few who do not know its title song, an Academy Award and Golden Globe winner. The story evolves from a group of students who gather to audition for the NYC High School of Performing Arts. The dreams and determination of these multi-ethnic, multi-cultural young people endeared them to all.
·    Russian National Ballet Theatre, Saturday, Jan. 7 – The Russian National Ballet Theatre brings to life the tale of Don Quixote and his sidekick squire, Sancho Panza. Don Quixote's mission in the 1600s is to revive chivalry and undo the world’s injustices. The themes of love, war, honor and deception follow his misguided adventures. Built around the lush score by Russian composer Minkus with choreography by Petipa, The Russian National Ballet Theatre returns to Memorial Auditorium’s stage not to "tilt windmills" but to delight and enchant with the technical mastery of their Bolshoi training.
·    Five Irish Tenors, Tuesday, Feb. 14 – Following in the footsteps of the great Irish tenor John McCormack, Five Irish Tenors fuse wit and charm with lyricism, dramatic flair and operatic style to bring an Irish tenor concert experience. The ensemble features both beloved traditional Irish songs and Broadway favorites on their first North American tour.
·    Chicago Harp Quartet, Thursday, March 30 – Formed in 2012, these artists have quickly established themselves as the leading harp ensemble in the United States. Last year, their concerts took them to Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Dedicated to presenting innovative, charismatic and forward-thinking programs of existing classics, the quartet has enjoyed new commissions from composers across the globe and has collaborated with other innovative musicians as they continue their educational endeavors as instructors and residency participants.
·   Jim McDonough Spring Tour, Friday, April 21 – The sounds of nationally acclaimed Iowa-based pianist Jim McDonough, his Steinway concert grand piano and 14-piece orchestra return to Burlington. McDonough’s performance features arrangements of songs from the silver screen, Broadway, the Big Band era, and country and classical music.
 
All Civic Music performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and are at Burlington Memorial Auditorium, 200 Front Street, Burlington, Iowa. For more information about season tickets, call 319-752-0336 or visit www.BurlCivicMusic.com.

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