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The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Eye on the Arts column

May 4, 2014

By Craig Neises, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa

May 04--To gain admission to even the last two shows of the Burlington Civic Music Association season, a full-season subscription was required of those living within 25 miles of the city.

But for the final event of 2013-14, a 3:30 p.m.May 11 performance by China's Golden Dragon Acrobats at Memorial Auditorium, general admission seating is available to all comers. Those tickets went on sale Friday, and are $25 for adults and $10 for students. For more information or to buy tickets, visit

From BMCA: "Offering countless thrills, the Gold Dragon Acrobats present time-honored traditions that began more than 25 centuries ago. Juggling everything from umbrellas to soccer balls, and with props as varied as ladders and giant spinning wheels, the Golden Dragon Acrobats are recognized worldwide as today's premier Chinese acrobatic touring company. They blend lavish costumes, award-winning acrobatics and traditional dance to create a spectacular performance."

Prior to the performance, details of the 2014-15 season -- Civic Music's 85th -- will be announced. This sapphire anniversary season will feature a special kickoff event for season ticket holders, an enhanced reserved-seating structure and single-show sales for all performances.

Toy with science today at Capitol Theater

A children's science show that originated in Boston and has toured the United States and Canada since 1995 comes to Burlington today for a 2 p.m. presentation at the Capitol Theater.

Created by Garry Krinsky, "Toying With Science," is described as a "silly and entertaining" take on the science of gravity and leverage.

From the Capitol: "Combining circus skills, mime and original music, Krinsky and his audience investigate basic scientific information and delve into the imaginations of scientists who explore our world. During the program, he brings his science toys to life with motion, music, humor and insight."

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students, and can be purchased at, by calling (319) 237-1099, or by visiting the theater box office, 211 N. Third St., Monday through Saturday.

SCC choral concert Tuesday

The Southeastern Community College Concert Choir will present its spring program at 7 p.m. Tuesday at First Congregational Church, 313 N. Third St., Burlington.

Admission is free.

Music will include works by Bach, a German madrigal, Scottish folk tune, African-American spiritual, the hymn "Festive Gloria," and a pair of songs from the TV show, "Glee." Also included will be songs from SCC's recent spring musical, "Rent."

The choir is directed by Diane Mahoney, with piano accompaniment by Leigh Pirtle. Joining the choir's 22 singers will be Diane Novak on violin and Dakota McWhorter on guitar.

Brown piano recital set

Iowa Wesleyan College music professor Joel Brown will give a piano recital Friday at First United Methodist Church in downtown Burlington.

The recital is set for 7:30 p.m. at the church, which is at Fifth and Washington streets.

It will feature works by Chopin, Mozart and Schumann. Admission is free.

Treble Clef awards scholarships

The Treble Clef Club of Burlington has announced the recipients of its annual summer music camp scholarships.

Aaliyah Hayes, an Aldo Leopold Middle School eighth-grader, plays the flute. She will attend the Western Illinois University Summer Jazz Camp in Macomb, Illinois.

Alexandra Moad, a junior at West Burlington High School, plays the piano. She will attend the WIU Senior Piano Camp. Athena Moad, a freshman at WBHS, is a voice student. She will attend the Senior High Vocal/Choral Camp at WIU.

Burlington High School junior and euphonium player Joseph Morris IV will attend the International Euphonium Tuba Festival in Decater, Ga.

Jeremiah Reed, a BHS freshman, plays percussion. He will attend the University of Iowa Summer Music Camps in Iowa City.

WBHS sophomore Kristyn Vedder, who plays oboe, will attend the WIU Senior High Concert Band Camp.

Nicole Williams, a seventh-grader at Aldo Leopold and a percussionist, will attend the Summer Jazz Camp at WIU.

Money for scholarships is raised through donations at the annual Treble Clef Club Musical Christmas Card concert and from members' dues.

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