Civic Music to celebrate its 75th season – Albert Lea Tribune



After the pandemic interrupted the Albert Lea Civic Music 2020-21 concert series, the 2021-22 season is now set with musicians from around the world invited to show off their talents.

Civic Music will celebrate its diamond anniversary with its 75th annual season this year, which begins on September 22 and will feature five traditional performances, said Sue Jorgensen, board member. Additionally, two makeup performances from last year were added to the 2021-22 lineup for a total of seven concerts.

“There are some really exciting concerts this year,” Jorgensen said.

Last year’s season ticket holders will be able to see both rescheduled performances whether or not they purchase a 2021-22 season ticket.

Albert Lea Civic Music began in 1945, when “a small enthusiastic group of Albert Lea music lovers” gathered at the Albert Hotel and voted to form the association, according to the 24 November 1945 from the Albert Lea Tribune. After the vote, 150 workers toured town for a week for members, gathering enough members for five concerts. Since its inception, people who attend concerts do so only with subscriptions. The organization is 100% organized by volunteers dedicated to providing musicians from around the world who appeal to all ages and musical tastes.

The first year of the concert series began in 1946 and in the years since, names such as Isaac Stern, Alec Templeton, Marian Anderson, Beverly Sills, Judith Blegen, Vienna Boys Choir, George Shearing, National Ballet of Canada were presented.

This year’s lineup includes the following:

• Equinox All Stars, Wednesday September 22

Albert Lea Civic Music will launch its 2021-22 season with Equinox All Stars, a small swing big band of seven musicians. With energy and enthusiasm, the band will create excitement in the audience by singing the favorites of the swing era, crooners and pops.

• Ball at home, Tuesday, October 12 *

This a cappella group combines a mix of R&B, soul and pop as they have entertained audiences of all ages for over 18 years. Beatbox and vocal bass beneath their cool harmonies create a sound that’s hard to believe. They have performed in theaters, performing arts centers, fairs and festivals with some of the biggest groups in the world.

• Ensemble Janoska, Saturday October 30

This Viennese quartet composed of two violins, piano and bass is the personification of virtuosity. Mixing standards from the classical repertoire with revealing jazz influences and a bit of Beatles leads to a delightfully interesting and varied program. And when it is played by these three brothers and their brother-in-law, it becomes magical for all audiences.

• David Shannon, Monday February 7, 2022

Growing up in Ireland and singing professionally for over 25 years, David Shannon is renowned for his engaging style and charming personality. He recently released his second solo album “Abhaile”. He has played some of Broadway’s most famous roles including The Phantom (“Phantom of the Opera”), Jean Valjean (“Les Misérables”), Sweeney Todd (“Sweeney Todd”), Judas (“Jesus Christ Superstar” ), Chris (“Miss Saigon”), and most recently Kevin T in the original London company of “Come

By far. ”He was nominated for Best Actor at Olivier’s (the UK’s version of the Tony Award) for“ The Beautiful Game ”by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

• Ensemble Kassia, Friday March 11, 2022

A rare combination of string quartet (two violins, viola and cello) and trumpet offers a program of classical classics. This mix of strings and brass produces an interesting and elegant sound, which will be enhanced by a relaxed and comfortable rapport with the audience.

• Josh & Emily, Tuesday May 10, 2022

Broadway stars Josh Young (Tony nominated) and his wife, Emily Padgett, will delight every audience with their (and yours) Broadway favorites. They have glorious voices, charisma and charm from their opening entrance.

• Sons of the Pioneers, Sunday May 15, 2022 *

Better known as the original group of “singing cowboys,” the Sons of the Pioneers were instrumental in creating the earliest sounds of Western music and are beloved by contemporary Western groups. Founded in 1934 by Roy Rogers, this legendary group continues to win fans, young and old, playing favorite tracks like “Cool Water”, “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” and “Happy Trails”.

Ball in the House and Sons of the Pioneers are the two rescheduled concerts for the 2020-21 season. All performances are at 7:00 p.m. in the Albert Lea High School auditorium.

This week, Albert Lea Civic Music will be mailing the 2021-22 subscription order forms to former subscription holders. Additionally, a 2021-2022 order form will be inserted into the Freeborn County Shopper in July, and season tickets can be purchased from Hy-Vee, the Albert Lea Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Arcadian Bank in Albert Lea. Volunteers will also be selling 2021-22 season tickets on Seniors Day at the Freeborn County Fair. Tickets can also be purchased online at

Season tickets cost $ 45 each for adults, $ 15 for students, and $ 95 for families.

There will be no price increase for the 2021-22 season.

Albert Lea Civic Music is also partnering with Albert Lea Community Theater to present the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD operas at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center. These should start in October. Check out the Tribune for a story on the upcoming Met Opera lineup.



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