Masterworks 4: Gerard Schwarz conducts Brahms

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RIMSKY-KORSAKOV   Suite from The Snow Maiden 
SHOSTAKOVICH   Cello Concerto No. 1
BRAHMS   Symphony No. 4

Gerard Schwarzconducting
Julian Schwarzcello 


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

Guest Conductor Gerard Schwarz is world-renowned for his leadership at the Seattle Symphony and at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, and he has earned international acclaim for his more than 350 orchestral recordings. He was the first American to become Musical America’s Conductor of the Year, and he has received 13 Grammy Award nominations and two Emmy Awards. At the invitation of Joseph Giunta, he leads the Orchestra in Brahms’ sweeping Fourth Symphony. He is joined by his son, Julian Schwarz, first-place winner of the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition, in Shostakovich’s impassioned First Cello Concerto – a unique father and son collaboration.

Tickets: Single tickets are $15-$60 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-$30 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.

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 27 and at 7 pm on March 28 on Iowa Public Radio, the Radio Home of the Des Moines Symphony.


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