Masterworks 3: Bernstein’s Famous 1943 Broadcast

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SCHUMANN  Overture to Manfred

RÓSZA  Theme, Variations, & Finale

STRAUSS  Don Quixote                                                     

WAGNER  Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Joseph Giunta, conducting

Julian Schwarz, cello

Yee Ling Elaine Ng, viola


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

On November 14, 1943, Leonard Bernstein made one of the most dramatic debuts in Carnegie Hall’s history when he stepped in at the last minute to conduct the New York Philharmonic for Bruno Walter. With no time for a rehearsal, the 25 year-old Bernstein led the orchestra through its program of Schumann, Rósza, Strauss, and Wagner. The concert, broadcast nationwide by CBS Radio, was a stunning success. Bernstein became famous overnight — and was immediately on his way to becoming one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century. In this special concert, Joseph Giunta and the Des Moines Symphony, along with virtuoso cellist Julian Schwarz, recreate Bernstein’s historic 1943 debut as audio from the original radio broadcast tells the story of the concert that launched the career of America’s most famous classical musician.

Tickets: Single tickets are $15-$68 and are available through Des Moines Performing Arts. Please note single ticket prices are subject to a $5 increase on the day of the concert, excluding student rush tickets.

Student tickets are $7.50-$34 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. One ticket sold per valid Student ID.

The duration of these concerts is approximately two hours and ten minutes, which includes a 20-minute intermission. This program will be rebroadcast at 4 pm on March 10 and at 7 pm on March 11 on Iowa Public Radio, the Radio Home of the Des Moines Symphony.

The Des Moines Symphony welcomes children five years and older to attend performances. Children of any age are welcome to attend youth and family concerts. All children, regardless of age, must have their own ticket to attend performances.

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LEARN MORE: Concert Prelude Talks begin 45 minutes prior to each Masterworks concert in the Prairie Meadows (East) Lobby.

Read our program notes to learn more about the pieces being performed.

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