Guest Conductor Sponsors
Nixon Lauridsen & Virginia Croskery Lauridsen
BERNSTEIN Divertimento for Orchestra
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 2
Des Moines Civic Center (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA)
Celebrated conductor Gerard Schwarz has led many of the world’s greatest orchestras and opera companies. He was the first American to become Musical America’s Conductor of the Year, and he has received 14 Grammy Award nominations and six Emmy Awards. Now at the invitation of Joseph Giunta, Maestro Schwarz makes his triumphant return to Des Moines to lead the Orchestra in a program that features Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovich. You’ll hear Bernstein’s witty Divertimento, a celebration of American dance dedicated to the Boston Symphony, and Schumann’s expressive Symphony No. 2. But first, Rabinovich’s bravura performance of Prokofiev’s jazz-infused, lyrical Third Piano Concerto will take your breath away.
To our patrons: This concert was originally titled ‘Nelson Conducts Bernstein.’ We are indebted to world-renowned conductor Gerard Schwarz, who agreed to step in and conduct this program on very short notice when guest conductor John Nelson withdrew for health reasons. Maestro Schwarz made his much-acclaimed debut with the Des Moines Symphony in January of 2016, and we are very pleased to be able to present this return engagement.
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-$33 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 31 and at 7 pm on April 1 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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