• 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 $ 105.
    First Balcony $ 90
    Second Balcony $ 80
    Students $ 20

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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 Texas Tenors, Moscow Ballet: $ 45.00. All others $ 35.00, Students: $ 10.00. Email sales.support@burlcivicmusic.com

  • 2015-2016 Season

    Artrageous 7:30 PM Wednesday, September 9, 2015

    ESPN noted, "absolutely awesome" Art and music go wild as this group of singers and painters explode with energy and talent. It is oft noted it is rare when we get to experience the best things in life in one place. Artrageous on our stage is one such place. Improvisational a bit; a happy song of course. As paint jumps to the music, the evening fills with fine sounds set to canvas and images appear before the eye from the real to the sublime. As CBS noted "Go see this show."

    Cantus 7:30 PM Thursday, October 29, 2015

    from Fanfare "the premier vocal men's ensemble in the United States." They return to us as nationally recognized artists of inspired artistic excellence. Known worldwide for their trademark warmth, this nine-member acappella group blends music from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Their vision: To give voice to the shared human experience. In doing so, they have appeared in concert at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and worked with thousands of students. The Washington Post refers to their music making as "spontaneous grace."

    The Five Browns 7:30 PM Thursday November 12, 2015

    have pianos, will travel. Siblings, The 5 Browns attended Julliard as a "first family" as they were accepted simultaneously. Well tuned, these five have garnered accolades before and after People Magazine dubbed them the "Fab Five." Classically trained, they bring their pianos with them, and have released three CDs which landed #1 on Billboard Magazine's Classical Album Chart. Performing internationally, highlights include their Carnegie Hall Debut and release of their 6th album.

    The Texas Tenors 7:30 PM Tuesday December 8, 2015

    Emmy Award Winning and Billboard Top 10 Recording Artists The Texas Tenors ride into town with their heart warming and touching holiday concert "Deep in the Heart of Christmas" From Unchained Melody to O Holy Night, The Texas Tenors bring a unique blend of country, classical and holiday favorites to the stage. Bring the whole family and join The Texas Tenors in making new and lasting holiday memories.

    Moscow Festival Ballet 7:30 PM Monday January 11, 2016

    Founding Artistic Director, Sergei Radchenko, in MFB has realized his vision of a company which would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies. Radchenko, who graduated from the Moscow School of Dance, joined the Bolshoi Ballet where he worked for 25 years and danced the entire repertoire of the Bolshoi. Under his direction, leading dancers from across Russia have forged this exciting company founded in 1989. In superb Classic Ballet Tradition they present another classic Cinderella. From the ugly step sisters to the beautiful ball and fairytale conclusion, Sergei Prokofiev's wondrous score comes alive.

    Celtic Nights - Spirit of Freedom 7:30 PM Saturday February 13, 2016

    Just as a plant craves light, Celtic people are drawn to music and song. Scattered around the world like seeds on the wind, they are propelled by the powerful rhythms and motifs of a mysterious and exuberant ancient culture. Music is the soul, the very lifeblood of their tradition. It binds them together, even as it sets them apart. This driving passion for music and dance is the keystone of Celtic identity. (CAMI Music.com) These artists tell the story of the struggle for Irish freedom beginning 100 years ago with the Easter Uprising through music-song, dance, and storytelling. They give a Celtic voice to the yearning for independence and true democracy with their music culture. The dance is joyful, the songs plaintive and melodious, and the stories-legendary. "I have seen the original Riverdance and it was great BUT there is no comparison with the entertainment Celtic Nights gave"--Michelle Pelletier Cormier

    Alanzo King... Lines Ballet 7:30 PM Monday 21, 2016

    Visionary choreographer Alonzo King has been altering the way we look at ballet since founding his company Lines Ballet in 1982. Collaborating with noted composers, musicians, and visual artists from around the world, he creates works that draw on deeply rooted cultural traditions. As part of our program, King brings his most recent and celebrated choreographic artistry to our stage. This resulted from working with soundscape artist Bernie Krause and composer Richard Blackford. Krause who has traveled the globe with microphones tuned to the earth and its creatures captures the sonic imprint of entire ecosystems. Blackford, hearing what Krause had captured, was inspired to create music which could bring to the listener a living orchestra. From there to the vision of Alanzo King, a new work was created. Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle dance critic Allen Ulrich, as a"riveting" performance, "Biophony" will entrance as dancers interpret sound and music. What do you hear? What of the natural kingdom do you see? Funded in part by a grant from the National Dance Project.

    An Evening with Bradford Marsalis 7:30 PM Sunday April 3, 2016

    NEA Jazz Master, renowned Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and Tony Award nominee Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time. Appearing with major orchestras such as the N Y Philharmonic, collaborating with The Grateful Dead, touring with Sting, and loved as music director of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Marsalis is leader of one of the finest jazz quartets today. A frequent soloist with classical ensembles, Marsalis' most current recording with his quartet is Four MFs Playin' Tunes. On this album, the song takes center stage, with the band members bringing their considerable musical expertise to bear, as they focus on each tune as an important musical entity unto itself and not merely a vehicle for showcasing individual talent. Charles Gans from the Associated Press exclaims, "Saxophonist Marsalis leads one of the most cohesive, intense small jazz ensembles on the scene today." The Branford Marsalis Quartet is one of the most innovative and forward-thinking jazz ensembles around to day!

  • 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
    John Roth, Treasurer
    Jane Schulte, Secretary
    Beth Ash
    Kevin Carr
    Kay Conrad
    Monika Coursey
    Eric Danielson
    Susan Houseal
    Maryann Jordahl
    Julie Kirk
    Stephanie Koziowski
    Becky Luers
    Betty Morlan
    Linda Riley
    Becky Rump
    Ruth Ann Sandrock
    Jane Sanford
    Mary Saxton
    Dick Seager
    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

    Southeast 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"