Principal Financial Group
ELGAR Enigma Variations
Joseph Giunta, conducting
Stephen Yoakam, actor
Micheal Davenport, actor
Kerry Skram, actor
Shawn Wilson, actor
Beyond the Score – In Collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Gerard McBurney, Creative Director
Martha Gilmer, Executive Producer
Des Moines Civic Center (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines)
The great English composer Edward Elgar wrote his much-loved Enigma Variations to depict “friends pictured within,” but the titular enigma is an unplayed “theme” that Elgar often hinted at but never revealed. This Beyond the Score® performance delves into the special personalities of those closest to Elgar in an acclaimed multi-media presentation created by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and brought to life by actors and live theatre. After intermission, the Des Moines Symphony performs the complete Enigma Variations, including the sublime “Nimrod” variation.
Tickets: Single tickets are $15-$65 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-$32.50 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. 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 May 20 and at 7 pm on May 21 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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