2018-19 schedule kicks off with the return of "Artrageous."
Burlington Civic Music brings another versatile and vibrant season to Memorial Auditorium beginning this weekend with the return of "Artrageous." Here's the 2018-19 lineup, featuring your tour guide, BCM president Barbara McRoberts.
"I am as excited about this season as any in our past few years," McRoberts said. "Truly vivacious and varied, classical, classy and quite sassy."
"Artrageous," Friday, Sept. 14: Artrageous is an arts-based interactive theatre show that's fun, inspirational and educational. The ensemble dances and sings as fellow artists wildly fling paint upon gigantic moving canvases, turning the performance into an interactive blend of visual and performing arts. Audience members are invited to join the troupe onstage to bust their own creative dance chops.
"Artrageous" was here in 2015.
"A treat for our eyes and ears, our audience a few years ago mused," McRoberts said. "As we listen, this creative troupe presents a visual journey that keeps us guessing what will appear on their canvasses."
Farewell Angelina, Thursday, Oct. 11: Named after a Bob Dylan song, this country group features four powerhouse women who are vocalists, dynamic songwriters and multi-instrumentalists. Audiences can expect strong women delivering sophisticated songs of substance. Farewell Angelina has shared stages with former Steamboat Days stars including Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins.
Farewell Angelina's heart-stopping harmonies, layered over blazing double violins and guitars, earns them accolades on a consistent basis. Rolling Stone said, "Wickedly smart songwriting delivered with a healthy dash of sass."
"When Lauren Lucas joined with three other friends who had formed the band Farewell Angelina, she noted, 'The women in Farewell Angelina and I have written songs, cut each other’s songs, and have even been to each other’s weddings.'" McRoberts said. "She will also find another Nashville friend here — Burlington’s own David Kroll, who wrote songs with Lauren, a collaboration he remembers well."
The big question is: Will Kroll sit in? We hope so.
Sybarite5, Thursday, Nov. 8: Dubbed the “Millennial Kronos,” Sybarite5’s eclectic repertoire runs from Bowie to Radiohead and Akiho to Assad. The quintet’s debut album, "Disturb the Silence," reached the Top Ten on the Billboard charts. Their follow-up album, "Everything in Its Right Place," was released at Carnegie Hall to critical acclaim.
Having taken U.S. audiences by storm, they have changed the perception of chamber music performance.
"Sybarite5 have earned their tag line of 'rock-star status,'" McRoberts said. "Burlington relishes our spot on the Midwest map as these artists tour their talents to those of us who didn’t make it to Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center. Nor will our students have to attend the Aspen Music Festival come summer to hear this dynamic ensemble."
"A Charlie Brown Christmas," Friday, Dec. 7: This popular TV show premiered in 1965 on CBS and was adapted for live theater in 2017. The musical production features actors recreating their TV counterparts with a jazz trio performing the original Grammy-winning soundtrack by Vince Guaraldi.
Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the whole Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas play and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season. This is a present the whole family can enjoy.
"If for some reason you have missed this iconic Christmas special on television, don’t miss it on our stage," McRoberts said. "For the kid in all of us, join in the spirit with Charlie and the gang — and bring the neighborhood."
A meet and greet with cast members requires separate ticket. Details will be announced.
"John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party," Friday, Jan. 11: This production is the only tribute show endorsed by the estates of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and Jiles Perry “J.P.” Richardson — the Big Bopper. The three musicians died together in an airplane crash near Clear Lake after performing at the Surf Ballroom.
The concert is two hours of hit songs from the 1950s: “Peggy Sue,” “Chantilly Lace” and “La Bamba” will rock the house. As with all tribute shows, the performers eerily resemble their fallen doppelgangers.
"We welcome the new year with real classic rock!" McRoberts said with glee. "Winter Dance Party’s producer and singer, John Mueller, has the distinction of being the only musician to have been given permission to use the arrangements by the iconic trio whose lives were cut short too soon. Wear your dancin’ shoes."
Melissa Errico, Thursday, Feb. 14: Tony-nominated Errico brings her gorgeous voice and unpredictable wit and mischief to this special Valentine’s Day concert. The New York Times said, “Her high-strung voice, which she peeled away in layers, and her blinding glamour are her greatest strengths. Delivering Broadway and movie songs with a whopping authority, she was vocally spectacular.”
We can't wait.
Errico is known for her Broadway musical roles, including Eliza Doolittle in "My Fair Lady." She was a 2003 Tony nominee for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for Michel Legrand's wistful and wittily romantic Broadway debut, "Amour."
"Valentine’s Day night will not be as lovely for those who miss Melissa Errico in concert," McRoberts said. "Celebrated by a Tony nomination, Broadway reviewers and sold-out performances, Errico is a graduate of Yale University and married her grade-school chum, Patrick McEnroe. While some may ask, 'Tennis anyone?," we will be a chorus of, 'Broadway’s Melissa Errico' everyone!”
DSQ, Wednesday, March 20: This Dallas-based quartet is an international ensemble playing contemporary music on electric stringed instruments. The Wall Street Journal said, “Not your grandma’s string quartet.” Their show takes the audience on a journey where classical and modern pop from Beethoven to Bono collide head-to-head.
"The BCM audience will be electrified, right along with DSQ’s interpretations of classical and contemporary composers on their electric string instruments," McRoberts said. "Their cover of Luis Fonsi’s 'Despacito' on YouTube has had more than 2.2 million views. Truly beautiful, and my grandmother would have loved them. So will you."
Presidio Brass, Tuesday, April 9: This San Diego-based brass quintet was founded in 2006 primarily as a vehicle for promoting music education, but they've become known for their work on the concert stage as well. Their repertoire ranges from classical and commercial songs by composers such as Aaron Copland and George Gershwin, to popular songs from jazz legend Dave Brubeck, rock band Queen and the Broadway hit, "West Side Story." The group often utilizes other instruments beyond brass, including piano, vocals and percussion.
"With fresh arrangements that brought our 2015 audience to their feet, Presidio Brass will move through the day with a clinic, a student concert and Burlington Civic Music’s season finale that evening," McRoberts said. "Having performed with major symphony orchestras, their combination of brass, piano, percussion, guitar and vocals has earned them the accolade “brass with a blast of class and sass!”
While all this sounds like a high-end ticket, Burlington is still a small market, thus doesn't carry the heavy financial entertainment burden the same shows command in big cities.
"Our ticket pricing is such a bargain that some of my 'big city colleagues' wish they were closer and could see the shows here," McRoberts said. "The fact that we can present such quality and variety is a testament to our season ticket holders as well as our generous sponsors."
All performances begin at 7:30 p.m., at Burlington Memorial Auditorium, 200 Front Street, Burlington, Iowa. Go to burlcivicmusic.com for more information.