Concerts & Events

We invite you to experience the Des Moines Symphony live!

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.

2019-2020 Masterworks Concerts

Saturday, Feb 8, 2020 7:30pm Buy TicketsSubscribe
Sunday, Feb 9, 2020 2:30pm Buy TicketsSubscribe
Program

Christopher THEOFANIDIS  Rainbow Body

MENDELSSOHN  Violin Concerto in E Minor

BRAHMS  Symphony No. 2

Peter Oundjianconducting

Grace Parkviolin

Location

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

Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 7:30pm Buy TicketsSubscribe
Sunday, Mar 15, 2020 2:30pm Buy TicketsSubscribe
Program

BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 8

WAGNER  Siegfried Idyll

ORFF  Carmina Burana

Joseph Giuntaconducting

Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble Timothy McMillin, director

Des Moines Choral Society James Rodde, director

Heartland Youth Choir Sandy Miller, director

Location

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

Saturday, Apr 18, 2020 7:30pm Buy TicketsSubscribe
Sunday, Apr 19, 2020 2:30pm Buy TicketsSubscribe
Program

ELGAR  Polonia

ELGAR  Cello Concerto in E Minor

DEBUSSY/Arr. CAILLIET  Clair de lune

OFFENBACH/Arr. ROSENTHAL  Music from Gaite Parisienne

Joseph Giuntaconducting

Camille Thomascello

Location

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

Saturday, May 9, 2020 7:30pm Buy TicketsSubscribe
Sunday, May 10, 2020 2:30pm Buy TicketsSubscribe
Program

GLINKA  Overture to Russlan & Ludmilla

TCHAIKOVSKY  Piano Concerto No. 1

KHACHATURIAN  Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia from Spartacus

STRAVINSKY  The Firebird Suite

Joseph Giuntaconducting

Alessio Baxpiano

Location

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

2019-2020 Pops Concerts

Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019 8:00pm Buy TicketsSubscribe
Featuring

Joseph Giuntaconducting

Troupe Vertigo

Location

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

Saturday, Apr 4, 2020 7:30pmSubscribe
Location

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

Ticketing Information

Order Des Moines Symphony tickets three easy ways:

  • Order Masterworks, Pops, or Flex subscriptions online
  • Call Des Moines Performing Arts at 515.246.2300
  • In person at the Civic Center Ticket Office, 221 Walnut Street (9a-5p, Monday through Friday and two hours before any concert)

 

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Plan Your Visit

We’re excited to have you join us and experience the music… LIVE! 
Our performances are held at the Des Moines Civic Center.


Des Moines Civic Center
221 Walnut Street Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 246-2300

Where can I park?

We recommend arriving early to find parking. Click here to view the Greater Des Moines Partnership Map containing detailed information, location and cost of available parking in downtown Des Moines.

On-street metered parking is available around downtown Des Moines. Parking meters charge Monday through Saturday from 9AM – 9PM.

Valet Parking: Available at all Des Moines Symphony performances. Advanced valet purchases are available through the ticket office or online. Starting one hour prior to the performance, valet is available for purchase curbside.

Fourth and Grand Parking Ramp: You may enter this parking garage from Grand Avenue, just east of Fourth Street or you may enter the garage from Fourth Street, just north of Locust Street. Event parking fees are charged at most downtown ramps.

Third and Court Parking Ramp: You may enter this parking garage directly from Third Street, just south of Walnut Avenue. Event parking fees are charged at most downtown ramps.  This ramp is connected to the Civic Center by Skywalk.

Elliott Apartments – Located at 216 3rd St. and 219 4th st. Downtown Des Moines: This is a surface pay lot that costs $5.

Can I buy tickets at the door?

Any unsold tickets can be purchased at the door starting two hours before our concerts. With the exception of student rush tickets, all ticket prices increase by $5 on the day of the concert. Tickets purchased at the door will be automatically assigned the best available seats within a section. If you wish to choose your seats, please purchase at least one day in advance of the concert. We encourage you to buy your tickets early for best seating availability and the lowest prices.

How long is a typical concert?

Des Moines Symphony performances are usually just over two hours long, which includes a 20-minute intermission.

Can I use my cell phone?

For the consideration of the musicians and your fellow audience members, please turn off your phone or other mobile devices during the concert.

Can I take photos and videos?

Because of our contractual agreement with the American Federation of Musicians, unauthorized photographic, audio recording and video equipment may not be used during this performance.

What should I wear?

While some our guests enjoy dressing up for the evening, you don’t have to wear anything formal to enjoy a Des Moines Symphony concert!  Most of our patrons wear business casual or cocktail attire.

When should I arrive?

Doors to the Civic Center generally open one hour before performance time. Our concerts start on time and we recommend allowing extra time for parking, so we invite you to arrive early and enjoy a drink in our lobby prior to the performance. Even better, if you arrive 45 minutes before any Masterworks concert, you can attend a free Concert Prelude Talk in the Prairie Meadows (East) Lobby and learn more about the pieces you’ll hear!

What if I arrive late or need to leave early?

In order not to disturb other audience members who have already begun listening to the music, latecomers will be seated by ushers at designated times throughout the performance or during intermission. If you arrive after the concert begins, you will be asked to wait outside of the hall doors in the lobby until a break in the program occurs. If you have to leave a concert before its end, please do so between pieces.

What am I listening to?

Learn about the pieces you’ll hear and the musicians performing them by clicking on each concert page and reading the program notes (you’ll receive a hard copy of this program book at our concerts). Our 30 Second Notes provide a brief overview, and the program notes that follow provide historical context, analysis and performance history. Learn more about our Orchestra musicians here.

When should I clap?

We ask that you applaud to show your appreciation when each piece is fully complete. Some pieces contain several smaller sections, called movements, which often have a pause between them. If a piece has four movements, for example, we ask that you clap only after the last movement. You’ll receive a program book at the concert which will tell you the number of movements in each piece. You can also take your cue from the conductor – he’ll turn around when the piece is over!

What if I need to cough?

Do you have a tickle in your throat or are you anticipating a coughing attack? Please visit the Guest Services Counter or see a Civic Center usher for a lozenge.

Is the Orchestra amplified?

At Masterworks concerts – no. The microphones you see suspended above the Orchestra and in front are solely for recording the Orchestra for later broadcast on IPR Classical, The Radio Home of the Des Moines Symphony. View the 2018-2019 IPR rebroadcast schedule here.

Can I bring my children?

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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