Quincy Civic Music Association schedules four concerts during 2023-24 season

Quincy civic Music Assoc.

QUINCY — The Quincy Civic Music Association’s season for 2023-24 will present four concerts this season with performances from a dynamic crossover string quartet, a chamber music wind quintet, a salsa band and an energetic a capella group.

QCMA is partnering with Quincy Public Schools for String Fest and Wind Fest. Musicians from ATLYS will hold workshops for area students during their visit to Quincy. ATLYS is a classically trained, crossover string quartet lauded for their passionate performances and signature sound. ATLYS is always searching for new spaces and distinctive methods to captivate and inspire an ever-growing audience. They will perform for the public on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at St. John’s Anglican Church.

Orquesta Alto Maiz, a popular Latin-jazz-dance band, is one of the hottest bands in the Midwest. The group plays a wide range of Latin musical styles including merengue, samba, cha-cha-cha, salsa, calypso and boleros. Audience participation (dancing and singing) is enthusiastically encouraged. Mark your calendars for Saturday, Dec. 9, at State Street Theatre.

Take 6 has been in the recording studio to work on their first-ever treatment of a set of songs from such composers as Gershwin, Ellington, Holiday, Berlin, Brubeck and more. Identifying songs that have transcended genre and become those termed timeless, classic, standard, gives the group the creative opportunity to bring their brand of “classic and timeless” to this material. The multiple Grammy award winning group pays tribute to both the music and the artists that made them famous. Take 6 crosses most musical genres, from jazz to pop to R&B to doo wop and blues. Take 6 has been inducted into The Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Take 6 will perform in Quincy on Friday, March 8, with the location still to be determined.

Another QCMA-QPS collaboration will occur in May with Wind Fest. The mission of Wild Prairie Winds is to promote the performance, education and accessibility of chamber music through diverse programming and creative concert settings. The group is devoted to small communities through disaster relief, diversity inclusion and awareness and environmental initiatives.

Five innovative musicians founded Wild Prairie Winds in 2017 at the University of Iowa. They created online educational content in the fall of 2020 and shared it with school directors across the state. This group will work with area schools and perform for the public on Saturday, May 11, at St. John’s Anglican Church.

Tickets for the performances may be bought at the door or at HyVee and Niemann’s in Quincy. High school students and younger may attend at no cost. Faculty, staff and students from JWCC, Quincy University and Culver-Stockton College gain free admission with their school ID. A single admission ticket is $25. Season tickets are $80.

For tickets and more information, go to quincycivicmusic.org.

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