• About us

    Founded in 1929 Burlington Civic music has offered many performances each season.

    For 85 years the Burlington Civic Music Association has presented Southeast Iowa and Western Illinois numerous memorable performances. Starting in 1929 with Claudia Muzio, a Chicago Civic Opera soprano, Civic Music has dazzled audiences for decades and will surely continue for generations to come.

    Our History

    Season 1929 - 1930

    The First 10 Seasons Had 3 or 4 Performances per Season. Performances Were Held at Local Churches and Schools. Claudia Muzio - Soprano - October 24, 1929 - Jose Echanis - Pianist - December 12, 1929 - Jose Mojica - Tenor - February 21, 1930

    Fast Forward 20 Years. 1939 - 1948 Performances Were Held at the Newly Constructed Memorial Auditorium.

    1949 -1960 44 performances, including - Arthur Rubenstein - Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Robert Shaw Chorale - Mantovani - Van Cliburn 1961 to 1970 Highlights - Boston Pops - Ray Bolger, The Wizard of Oz Scarecrow - Peter Nero - Roger Williams

    1971 to 2015 Highlights

    Marcel Marceau - Rich Little - Henry Manchini - Bob Hope - Red Skelton - Pat Boone - Showboat Forrest Tucker - Victor Borge - Bill Cosby - Imogene Coca - Bob Newhart - West Side Story - Gypsy - Cabaret - Oklahoma - Oklahoma - Red Star Red Army Chorus - GIGI - Porgy & Bess - Chicago - Camelot - My Fair Lady - South Pacific - Singing in the Rain - Fiddler on the Roof - Glenn Miller Orchestra - Doc Severinsen's Big Band - Addams Family - Oliver - Cabaret - Oklahoma

    See the Burlington Civic Music History on YouTube

    Link to YouTube, Civic Music has a history overview video.

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  • Season Tickets

    Season Ticket Sales

    Reserved season seats are available.
    Main Floor $ 120.00
    First Balcony $ 105.00
    Second Balcony $ 95.00
    Students $ 20.00

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    Burlington Memorial Auditorium

    All performances take place in the Burlington Memorial Auditorium situated at 200 Front Street, located at the foot of Jefferson Street on the Mississippi River, with a seating capacity for BCM concerts of 1,700.

    Individual Performance Tickets

    Single Tickets

    Single tickets sales may be purchased 30 days prior to a concert at The Welcome Center Port of Burlington, 400 Front Street from 10 AM to 4 PM, Wednesday - Sunday. Tickets may be purchased via 319 752-0336. Tickets may be purchased at the venue, Memorial Auditorium, 200 Front Street, the evening of the concert. Cash, checks and Visa and Master Card are Accepted. No credit cards accepted at Welcome Center. Single tickets on sale starting August 12th : $ 35.00 to $ 45.00. Email sales.support@burlcivicmusic.com

  • 2016-2017 Season

    Presidio Brass - 7:30 PM Wednesday, September 14, 2016

    …”a wild ride of blazing technique and seamless precision” - Ponca City News, OK Brass with a Blast of Sass & Class…By combining a brass quintet, piano and percussion instruments with fresh, original arrangements, the unique sound of the ensemble from San Diego, CA, has become a trademark, captivating audiences everywhere. Presidio Brass came together with the primary mission to promote music education and music appreciation in youngsters. At every opportunity including in Burlington, their concert performances couple with clinics and student concerts. They have performed with major symphony orchestras, and shared the stage with pops artists that include Stevie Wonder, John Williams, and Quincy Jones. When not on tour, they continue to perform with orchestras, maintain private teaching studios at local universities, arrange and compose new music and operate an annual summer music camp for students….just a few accomplishments from the artists all of whom began their career path in high school bands.

    Capitol Steps - 7:30 PM Thursday, October 6, 2016

    What a political adventure 2016 has become…and it’s not over! This hilarious satire on America’s political process is more than timely even though it has been on the comedy scene since 1981. The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored conventional wisdom (“Don’t quit your day job”) and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of House and Senate staff experience. They dig into the headlines of the day, and create song parodies and skits that convey a special brand of satirical humor. Indeed, a great deal of material to work with in this presidential campaign year. “Over the decades, the Steps have staked out space for themselves at the side of every big Washington blowup. Merging a wide interest in politics, even policy, with a deep love for musical theater, they form a wonky-tonk geek chorus at the wings of our political theater.” -The Washington Post

    Havana Cuban All Stars - 7:30 PM Sunday October 30, 2016

    Drawing their inspiration from traditional Cuban Son, Cuba’s greatest musicians have brought their unique sound with rhythmic flair to North America. In keeping with the fiery warmth and energy of Cuban music, the Havana Cuban All-Stars is a band comprised of Cuba’s greatest and most prominent musicians, and is devoted to promoting the entire tapestry of Cuban music. The origin of the ensemble began when it was created to exemplify the great musical traditions of the country’s people. This is the debut tour of Cuba’s greatest musicians who newly travel to the United States and Canada. Staying true to an acoustic base, they have developed a fresh sound with inventive songwriting, have preserved the traditions of the Cuban musical art form, and maintained the songs and music of the rich culture in their “Cuban Nights” program.

    Fame - The Musical - 7:30 PM Thursday November 17, 2016

    Since its inception as a musical film in 1980, Fame the TV series - 1982-87 - and Fame the Musical - 1988, this story of youthful yearning grew from its American roots to continued success in national and international touring. Its characters became household names and their vibrant if often discombulated lives engaged thousands. There are few who do not know the lyrics of its title song, an Academy Award winner and Golden Globe designee, which span a time frame of 1980 into the 2000s. The story evolves from a group of students who gather to audition for the NYC High School of Performing Arts. The dreams and determination of these multi-ethnic, multi cultural young people endeared them to all. Their aspirations will leave you singing with them: “I’m gonna live forever. I’m going to learn how to fly. I’m gonna make it to heaven -Baby, remember my name.”

    Russian National Ballet Theatre - 7:30 PM Saturday January 17, 2017

    Even if the study of Cervantes and his novel Don Quixote with its literary legacy didn’t make the wider curriculum, this tale of knight errant and ingenious gentleman of La Mancha has been told for over four hundred years. The Russian National Ballet Theatre returns to bring this tale of Don Quixote and his sidekick squire, Sancho Panza. Don Q’s mission in the 1600s is to revive chivalry and to undo the wrongs and injustices of the world. Love and war, honor and deception thematically follow his zany schemes and misguided adventures. Built around the lush score by renowned Russian composer Minkus with choreography by the celebrated Petipa, this company returns to our stage not to “tilt windmills,” but to delight and enchant in their bold and brilliant theatrical tradition. With all of the technical mastery of Bolshoi training in their expressive athleticism of lifts, powerful leaps, and incredible pointe work, they will swirl us into Don Quixote’s “golden age.”

    Five Irish Tenors - 7:30 PM Tuesday February 14, 2017

    Black tie and tails, bright lights, two baby grand pianos, and five tenors. It must be something very special…it is: it’s Valentine’s Day with five exciting voices from the Emerald Isle. Following in the footsteps of the great Irish tenor John McCormack in a sensational program, these five tenors fuse Irish wit and boisterous charm with lyricism, dramatic flair and operatic style to bring a unique Irish tenor concert experience. Featuring both famously beloved Irish songs and our own beloved Broadway favorites in combinations of tenor solos, duets, trios, quartets, quintets and tutti, this distinctive program is performed by Ireland’s most legendary tenors. The first North American tour for this popular Irish ensemble, the tenors come from major cities in Ireland in a program that has been especially created for them and the orchestras with which they will sing, and the audiences they will sing to. Perhaps they “will steal your heart away.”

    Chicago Harp Quartet - 7:30 PM Thursday March 30, 2017

    Formed in 2012, these artists have quickly established themselves as the leading harp ensemble in the United States. While performing currently with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Chicago Philharmonic, and regional orchestras, in 2015 their concerts took them to Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. With Masters from the Eastman School of Music and studies at the Chicago College of Performing Arts among other highly respected music institutions, they are dedicated to presenting innovative, charismatic, and forward-thinking programs of existing classics. The Quartet has enjoyed new commissions from composers across the globe, has collaborated with other cutting-edge musicians such as Mozawa, and Ho Etsu Taiko, and continues their educational endeavors as instructors and residency participants.

    Jim McDonough Spring Concert - 7:30 PM Friday April 21, 2017

    Think Spring! The sounds of nationally acclaimed Iowa-based pianist in concert halls across the state returns to BCM. McDonough playing on his Steinway concert grand piano is joined on stage by his professional 14-piece orchestra. Featuring spectacular arrangements of songs from the silver screen, Broadway, favorites from the Big Band era, and with spice from both country and classical music, McDonough is welcomed throughout his home state. Piano Favorites is his mantra and as this audience will well remember, there is a shout out of favorite pieces which he blends into a piano soliloquy that brings the audience into the flow of the music that lives within all of us. After surviving an accident that could have rendered his hands crushed forever, his commitment to play defined him. “It was my life, and I was determined to play again.” He has, he will, and we will enjoy!

  • Message from President

    Welcome to the website of the Burlington Civic Music Association. My good fortune is to serve as President of this organization. president, I am chairman of the Program Committee. We are always seeking out entertainment and I hope you consider us as part of your tour. You can reach me at program@burlcivicmusic.com

    Board of Directors

    The Civic Music board has up to 24 members. With a wide range of talent and skills. There are seven committees which have 2 to 3 board members on each.

    Mission Statement

    Burlington Civic Music offers a series of outstanding and varied programs to entertain, enrich, and educate audiences from Southeast Iowa and Western Illinois.


    Barbara McRoberts, President
    Craig Borchard, Vice President
    Kevin Carr, Treasurer
    Jane Schulte, Secretary
    Beth Ash
    Kevin Carr
    Kay Conrad
    Monika Coursey
    Eric Danielson
    Maryann Jordahl
    Julie Kirk
    Betty Morlan
    Linda Riley
    Becky Rump
    Ruth Ann Sandrock
    Jane Sanford
    Mary Saxton
    Lori Wilson
    Laurie Paule: ExOfficio, Endowment Chair
    Pat Whitmore, Data Base Manager

  • 2013-14 Season

    Doc Severinsen's Big Band
    Tap The Show
    Molly Ringwald
    The Addams Family
    California Guitar Trio Montreal Guitar Trio
    Golden Dragon Acrobats
  • 2012-13 Season

    Dave Bennett's Clarinet Swing Kings
    Church Basement Ladies II 2nd Helping
    Home Free Vocal Band
    The Hunts
    The International Rat Pack
    Siberian Virtuosi
    Simon Estes Roots and Wings
    The Water Coolers
  • 2011-12 Season

    My Fair Lady
    The Girl Singers of the Hit Parade
    International Chamber Soloists
    James Sewell Ballet
    John Jorenson Quintet
    The New Reformation Band
    Red Star Army Chorus Dance Ensemble

    Endowment Fund helps fund performances each season.

    Ticket sales can cover only about two-thirds of the mounting costs of a year's production and programming expenses. Your financial support can help ensure continued community cultural excellence and entertainment.

    How Can You Help?

    CASH - Send a check today Securities - Receive a charitable deduction for the fair market value of your securities and avoid long-term capital gains taxes.

    PLEDGES - Outright gifts spread over three to five or more years.

    MEMORIAL GIFTS - Honor a deceased relative or friend

    COMMEMORATIVE GIFTS - In tribute to a birthday, anniversary or special event.

    DEFERRED GIVING - Bequests, trust, gift annuities, or life insurance. Contact your financial planner to assess how best to include The Endowment in your Estate Plan.


    Sponsors This Season

    Burlington Fine Arts League

    Southeastern Community College

    Harry and Virginia Murray Foundation

    Great River Health Systems

    John H. Witte Jr. Foundation

    Two Rivers Financial Group

    Burlington Civic Music Endowment Fund


    Burlington Civic Music supports music education in the community. Great Western Bank sponsors all student concerts held at the Memorial Auditorium and Master Classes in specific skill areas such as string, brass and dance. These concerts coincide with the artist groups who choose to do student offerings. Beginning at 1:00 PM on an announced date, arrangements are made with area schools. Transportation is provided by the school district; individual students may make their own arrangements. Any adult must be accompanied by a student.

  • Our Address

    Burlington Civic Music

    PO Box 812,
    Burlington, IA 52601.
    Telephone: 319 752-0336
    E-mail: sales.support@burlcivicmusic.com

    Our Recommended Links

    Burlington Memorial Auditorium - VenuWorks
    Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra
    Burlington Capitol Theater
    Burlington Steamboat Days
  • Privacy Policy

    Burlington Civic Music takes your privacy very seriously. We want to confirm that your information will not be sold or shared with any other entity. We welcome your questions and feedback on this privacy policy, and invite you to contact us.

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    Season Tickets

    Tickets are sold on a subscription-basis as well as single performance. Truly an entertainment bargain wrapped in an eight-concert package.

    While sales for an upcoming season begin in the spring, season tickets may be ordered at any time during the season.
    To order tickets, or for more ticket information, call 319-752-0336 or email Sales.Support@BurlCivicMusic.com"