Performances

Arturo Sandoval

Arturo Sandoval

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, ten-time Grammy winner Arturo Sandoval appears on our stage during the 100th anniversary of Dizzy’s birth. A dynamic and vivacious live performer, Arturo is one of the world’s acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist, and composer. He has recorded with a wide range of popular musicians, including Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Rod Stewart, and Alicia Keys, among many others. On the classical side, he has performed with John Williams and the Boston Pops, and he recorded Williams’ Trumpet Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, Sandoval received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 


 

Brentano String Quartet with violist Hsin-Yun Huang

Brentano String Quartet with violist Hsin-Yun Huang

Friday, October 27th, 2017, 7:30 p.m

A few short years after they formed in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet won the first Cleveland Quartet Award and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award. They were inaugural members of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two, a program that has become a coveted distinction for chamber groups and individuals. The quartet was honored in the UK with the Royal Philharmonic Award for Most Outstanding Debut (1997). The group has performed at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, and the Sydney Opera House. Since 2014, the quartet has been the Resident String Quartet at the Yale School of Music. For Civic Music they have invited violist Hsin-Yun Huang to join them for quintets from Mozart, Brahms, and Mendelssohn.

 


 

Donal Fox Inventions Trio

Donal Fox Inventions Trio

Saturday, November 18th, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Praised by The Boston Globe as “unique and utterly commanding,” pianist-composer Donal Fox has forged a unique fusion of styles, inspired by Bach, Monk, Schumann, Piazzolla, Coltrane, Stravinsky, and others. Fox premiered his “Monk and Bach Project” at Jazz at Lincoln Center, his “Scarlatti Jazz Suite Project” at Tanglewood, and his “Peace Out for Improvised Piano and Orchestra” at Carnegie Hall with the American Composers Orchestra. In 2013, Donal made a PBS video webcast along with Imani Winds (Civic Music guests in 2014) for an evening honoring the African American experience in classical music. He was recently featured at the Skaneateles Festival with his Inventions Trio and special guest Hilary Hahn. He will be accompanied by his trio for our Civic Music performance.  

 


 

Joey Alexander Trio

Joey Alexander Trio

Saturday, February 17th, 2018, 7:30 pm

Born June 25, 2003 on the island of Bali Josiah Alexander Sila began teaching himself to play piano at the age of six using a mini electronic keyboard. He was immediately able to pick out the melody of Monk’s “Well, You Needn’t.” At age nine, Joey won the grand prize at the first Master-Jam Fest, an all-ages competition in Ukraine which included 200 competitors from 17 countries. An invitation from Wynton Marsalis led to his 2014 US debut, an appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center, where he amazed the audience with his musicality. Joey’s 2015 debut album, My Favorite Things, garnered two Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best Improvised Solo for his performance of John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps,” making him the youngest jazz artist ever nominated for a Grammy. 

 


 

Downtown Crossing and Timepiece

Downtown Crossing and Timepiece

Saturday, March 24th, 2018, 7:30 pm

Civic Music offers a double bill of young energetic a capella quartets. Downtown Crossing, the 2013 Barbershop Harmony Society Northeastern District Champions, has competed internationally. The members have a passion for entertaining and they love to get the audience involved, whether on stage or on the MTA, where lucky riders have heard them in action.  Timepiece, another charismatic young foursome, pays homage to the quartets and the chord-ringing of barbershop antiquity, dating from the first half of the 20th century. In 2014 Timepiece won the BHS Northeastern District Quartet Championship.  In 2015 the group was named audience favorite at the national finals of the Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival.

 


 

Bria Skonberg

Bria Skonberg

Friday, April 27th, 2018, 7:30 pm

New York-based Canadian singer, trumpeter and songwriter Bria Skonberg is described as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” (Wall Street Journal) and recognized as one of 25 for the Future by DownBeat Magazine. Wielding a unique blend of modern-day pop sensibility and sizzling musicianship, Skonberg creates music that is both alluring and exotic, making her a force in the new generation with her smoky vocals, bold horn melodies, and adventurous concoctions of classic and new. Her curiosity as an artist has led to an eclectic repertoire and unconventional performances. In the last year, Bria has performed the music of Louis Armstrong, Aretha Franklin, and recently sang the Star Spangled Banner at Madison Square Garden for a New York Rangers hockey game. Bria Skonberg has played prestigious festivals and stages the world over and is an avid educator and supporter of public school opportunities, giving numerous workshops and concerts for students of all ages each year. Ms. Skonberg will be joined by a trio featuring piano, bass, and drums for her Civic Music performance.