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Final 2011-2012 Nielsen Concert Series: Treasures at Home


Treasures at Home – it’s something to be proud of! It’s well known that we have great musical talent in central Iowa. The Nielsen Concert Series has recognized this and has consistently included professional local musicians in its programming. This year we are going all out showcasing our Treasures at Home by featuring central Iowa musicians. Join us in celebrating some of the rich professional talent in our midst. The Nielsen Concert Series, founded by Grand View University in 1981 to honor past-president Ernest Nielsen and his wife, Frances, is dedicated to enriching cultural life in the Des Moines area by presenting the finest in chamber music and solo recitals. No admission fee.
Ballyhoo Foxtrot Orchestra
I’m Gonna Jazz My Way: The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Story Told in Song
Sunday, February 19 • 3:00 p.m.
Student Center, Viking Theatre
The nine-piece Ballyhoo Foxtrot Orchestra recreates the music of the 1910s and 20s. In “I’m Gonna Jazz My Way,” the Orchestra celebrates the lives of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. F. Scott Fitzgerald is remembered today as the author of the classic American novel, The Great Gatsby (1925). During the 1920s, however, he and his wife Zelda were more famous for their flapper lifestyle, which to many observers epitomized the spirit of the Jazz Age. The Orchestra traces the arcs of these two remarkable lives in a program of narration and song.