Masterworks 7: Memorial Day Tribute Season Finale – Appalachian Spring

Saturday, May 23, 2015 7:30pm Buy Tickets
Sunday, May 24, 2015 2:30pm Buy Tickets

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

Joseph Giunta, conducting
Simpson College Choir & Chamber Singers
Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble
Timothy A. McMillin, Director

COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man; A Lincoln Portrait; Appalachian Spring

Steve HEITZEG Symphony In Sculpture II
I. air gets into everything even nothing (Ugo Rondinone)
II. Order (Tony Cragg)
III. Untitled (Ellsworth Kelly)
IV. Seating for Eight/Cafe Table I (Scott Burton)
V. Decoy (Martin Puryear)
VI. panoramic awareness pavilion (Olafur Eliasson)

John WILLIAMS An American Saga: Music from The Patriot, Lincoln, Midway and Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan

HANSON Song of Democracy

Experience Copland’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Appalachian Spring, one of the most iconic pieces of music ever written. The evocative film music of John Williams: The Patriot, Lincoln, Midway and Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan, honors those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy. And, as an encore to the hugely successful Symphony In Sculpture, we have commissioned Steve Heitzeg to compose a new work inspired by the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, including its newest addition, Olafur Eliasson’s colorful Panoramic Awareness Pavilion.

Please allow extra travel and parking time because of road closures due to IAA’s CelebrAsian at Western Gateway Park. More information here.

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.

SPECIAL TICKET PRICING FOR ACTIVE AND RETIRED MILITARY: $10 per ticket for these concerts with a military ID or proof of service in person at the Civic Center Ticket Office. Limit four per person.

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

The duration of these concerts is approximately two hours and ten minutes, which includes a 20-minute intermission.

PLAN YOUR VISIT: Discover where to dine, where to park and more.
LEARN MORE: Discover more about the concerts with our program notes. Read the Symphony In Sculpture II program notes here.


Joseph Giunta’s suggested recordings:

  • COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man; A Lincoln Portrait; Appalachian Spring: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; Zubin Mehta and Gregory Peck, conducting; London.
  • HANSON Song of Democracy: Eastman-Rochester Orchestra; Howard Hanson, conducting; Mercury.
View all Concerts and Events