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.

 


 

Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

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

For 25 years the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies have roamed the musical map, following their muse but returning always to older traditions grounded in Tin Pan Alley, swing music, and the Great American Songbook. Their recent release, Please Return the Evening: The Daddies Salute the Music of the Rat Pack, celebrates the unique musical personalities of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr., who helped patent the concept of cool at the dawn of the 1960s. The Daddies’ latest CD, Boop-A-Doo, harkens back to an earlier time.  The album covers songs that might have had their birth at the Cotton Club during the Prohibition era, such as “Let’s Misbehave,” “42nd Street,” and “Top Hat”—tunes designed to set dance floors ablaze!