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October 9, 2013
Arts Center presents Turtle Island Quartet
The Arts Center at Iowa Western presents Turtle Island Quartet with Nellie McKay

Turtle Island Quartet and Nellie McKay team up for their latest project, “A Flower is a Lovesome Thing,” on Sunday, October 20 at 3:00 p.m.

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nellie McKay joins forces with the two-time GRAMMY® award winning Turtle Island Quartet to present a delightfully kaleidoscopic view of the music of Billie Holiday, Billy Strayhorn, and the Weimar cabaret of the 1920s. While the combination of voice and strings has long been a staple of the classical genre as well as of contemporary music, Nellie McKay’s talents on piano, mallets, and ukulele and Turtle Island’s famed innovative rhythmic techniques unleash an unprecedented range of possibilities.

The multi-award winning Turtle Island Quartet has released numerous recordings and toured internationally for more than a quarter of a century. Recent projects include programs dedicated to two pioneers of the American musical landscape; John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix. The ensemble has collaborated with some of the most sought-after artists of our day including; Paquito d’Rivera, The Assad Duo, Cyrus Chestnut, and Leo Kottke.

This project features Nellie McKay, who performed on Broadway in “The Three Penny Opera,” and the music of 1920’s Berlin as well as jazz standards made famous by Billie Holiday. Some of these pieces transcend time and genre: well-known standards such as “Street of Dreams,” “The Very Thought of You,” “I Cover the Waterfront” and “These Foolish Things,” to the more offbeat with Marlene Dietrich’s sultry version of “Black Market,” and “Alabama Song,” the German Cabaret tune once revisited by the Doors. A touch of Doris Day and songs by the great Billy Strayhorn complete a night of intoxicating revelry.

The Arts Center at Iowa Western is pleased to present Turtle Island Quartet with Nellie McKay on Sunday, October 20.  Tickets can be purchased through the Arts Center box office at (712)388-7140 or online at  Funding for this programming is provided in part by the Iowa West Foundation.

If you would like more information about the Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College, please contact Molly Noon at or Don Kohler at