Albert Lea Civic Music gears up for another schedule of concerts

Published 9:00 am Saturday, August 13, 2016

Ticket sales are underway for the 2016-17 Albert Lea Civic Music series.

Sue Jorgensen, who oversees publicity for the music series, said this year’s tickets cover 14 concerts, including five in Albert Lea, plus four in Clear Lake, Iowa, and five in Austin under reciprocity agreements.

Jorgensen said there is something for all musical tastes.

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“The concerts are wonderful,” she said. “We’re really thrilled with the concerts we have lined up this year.”

Admission to the series of five concerts is by season ticket only. The fee for the season is $45 per adult, $15 per student and $95 per family.

“It’s an incredible concert deal,” Jorgensen said.

Following is a description of each of the Albert Lea concerts:


Seraph Brass, 3 p.m., Sept. 25

This group of five women represents a new generation of brass players, presenting a diverse body of repertoire, including original transcriptions, newly commissioned works and well-known classics.

Radiant and charismatic, Seraph Brass is sure to make an exciting musical evening.


FIR, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 15

FIR is made up of a pair of Irish singers who have traveled the globe performing for audiences around the world. From singing with top orchestras to landing leading roles in the musicals and operas of London and Ireland, these two voices are sure to impress.


Chamber Orchestra Kremlin,
4 p.m., March 5, 2017

Fourteen of the finest young musicians in Moscow come together to make this ensemble, which has a large and devoted following in Russia and several countries throughout the world. Founded in 1991, the orchestra did its last major Midwest concert tour in spring 2003. The night of the concert in Albert Lea, there will be an option for the audience to choose which concert selections they would prefer to hear, as well as which member will solo that evening.


Rhythm Future Quartet,
7:30 p.m., March 20, 2017

Four young jazz virtuosos join forces to perform a fiery arrangement of gypsy jazz and original compositions drawn from rhythms heard around the world.


Twin Fiddle Express,
7:30 p.m., May 13, 2017

Known for his flying fingers and magic bow fiddling, the featured performer of Twin Fiddle Express is one of Canada’s fiddling champions. This act combines old-time fiddling with gospel songs, perennial favorites, step dancing, dueling fiddles and humor.


In addition to the Albert Lea concerts, local Civic Music members may attend the following concerts in Clear Lake: A Band Called Honalee, Jenn Bostic, Stride Piano and Seraph Brass.

The following concerts are available in Austin: Dallas Brass, Jenn Bostic, Stride Piano, Acoustic Eidolon and Wylie & The Wild West.

A bonus concert featuring Civic Music scholarship recipients from the previous year will be May 31, 2017.

Tickets, please 

What: Albert Lea Civic Music concert series

Where: Albert Lea concerts will be in the Albert Lea High School auditorium

When: Various dates

Cost: $45 per adult, $15 per student or $95 per family for annual membership

Info: Memberships available at or before each local concert at Albert Lea High School