Masterworks 2: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons

Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 7:30pm Buy Tickets
Sunday, Oct 26, 2014 2:30pm Buy Tickets

Des Moines Civic Center (221 Walnut Street, Downtown Des Moines)

 Joseph Giunta, conducting
Anne Akiko Meyers, violin

VERDI Overture to La forza del destino
VIVALDI The Four Seasons
RESPIGHI The Pines of Rome

On the heels of the release of her Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album, Avery Fisher Career Grant-winner Anne Akiko Meyers joins the Orchestra in Vivaldi’s famous and fiery Four Seasons. She has been called a “master violinist” and “passionate performer” and her sound has been described as “a tone so pure that it emerges just a few times in a generation.” Experience it live as Joseph Giunta conducts Meyers and the Orchestra through the Seasons: storms rumble and roar in Summer, and glittering pizzicato notes in the highest registers depict Winter’s icy snow. The all-Italian program concludes with a different image of nature – the mighty Pines of Rome – with the sonic grandeur and orchestral force of your Des Moines Symphony raising the roof at the Civic Center! Kemin Industries, Inc. is the Guest Artist Sponsor for this program.

Tickets: Single tickets are $15-$55 and are available through Ticketmaster (up until two hours prior to performances) and the Civic Center Ticket Office (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines; open 9a-5p Monday through Friday and two hours prior to performances). Student tickets are $7.50-$27.50 and are available through the Civic Center Ticket Office. Student rush tickets, subject to availability, are $5 for junior high and high school students and $10 for all other students the day of the concert through the Civic Center Ticket Office.

Concert Prelude Talks begin 45 minutes prior to each Masterworks concert in the Stoner Theater.

AUDIO: Experience the excitement of The Four Seasons in this radio spot!
PROGRAM NOTES: Learn more about the pieces on this program.
PLAN YOUR VISIT: Discover where to dine, where to park and more.

Joseph Giunta’s suggested recordings:

  • VERDI Overture to La forza del destino; Vienna Philharmonic; Giuseppe Sinopoli, conducting; Philips
  • VIVALDI The Four Seasons; English Chamber Orchestra; Anne Akiko Meyers, violin; E One
  • RESPIGHI The Pines of Rome: Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra; Antal Dorati, conducting; Mercury; Philadelphia Orchestra; Riccardo Muti, conducting; EMI
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