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.

2018-2019 Masterworks Concerts

Simon Estes
Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 7:30pm Buy Tickets
Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 2:30pm Buy Tickets
Program

SHOSTAKOVICH  Festive Overture

BERNSTEIN  Chichester Psalms

GERSHWIN  Music from Porgy & Bess

Joseph Giunta, conducting

Simon Estes, bass-baritone

Janice Chandler-Etemesoprano

Anthony Petruconis, boy soprano

Luther College Nordic Choir

Andrew Last, director

Location

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

Philippe Quint
Saturday, May 18, 2019 7:30pm Buy Tickets
Sunday, May 19, 2019 2:30pm Buy Tickets
Program

ROSSINI  Overture to Italian in Algiers

KORNGOLD  Violin Concerto

BERNSTEIN  Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

RESPIGHI  Pines of Rome

Joseph Giunta, conducting

Philippe Quint, violin

Location

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

2018-2019 Pops Concerts

Brian Stokes MItchell & Megan Hilty
Saturday, May 11, 2019 7:30pm Buy Tickets
Location

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

2019-2020 Masterworks Concerts

Saturday, Sep 21, 2019 7:30pm
Sunday, Sep 22, 2019 2:30pm
Program

TCHAIKOVSKY  Romeo & Juliet (Overture Fantasy)

TCHAIKOVSKY  Serenade for Strings

TCHAIKOVSKY  Violin Concerto

TCHAIKOVSKY  Polonaise & Waltz from Eugene Onegin

Joseph Giuntaconducting

Gil Shahamviolin

Location

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

Saturday, Oct 12, 2019 7:30pm
Sunday, Oct 13, 2019 2:30pm
Program

SIBELIUS  Symphony No. 7

Steve HEITZEG  Suite from Symphony in Sculpture I & II

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV  Scheherazade

Joseph Giuntaconducting

Location

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

Saturday, Nov 9, 2019 7:30pm
Sunday, Nov 10, 2019 2:30pm
Program

Michael TORKE  Javelin

GRIEG  Piano Concerto

DVORAK  Symphony No. 8

Joseph Giuntaconducting

Jon Kimura Parkerpiano

Location

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

Saturday, Feb 8, 2020 7:30pm
Sunday, Feb 9, 2020 2:30pm
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
Sunday, Mar 15, 2020 2:30pm
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
Sunday, Apr 19, 2020 2:30pm
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
Sunday, May 10, 2020 2:30pm
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

Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 7:30pm
Featuring

Joseph Giuntaconducting

Camille Zamorasoprano

The Mambo Kings

Location

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

Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019 8:00pm
Featuring

Joseph Giuntaconducting

Troupe Vertigo

Location

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

Saturday, Apr 4, 2020 7:30pm
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 structures are located at 3rd & Court or 4th & Grand. These parking garages are connected to the Des Moines Civic Center via skywalk. Parking fees are charged at most downtown ramps. Special event pricing may be implemented at the discretion of the City of Des Moines or Keck Parking.

Valet parking is available for all Des Moines Symphony performances at the Civic Center. The cost is $17 per event if pre-ordered through the Civic Center Ticket Office (221 Walnut Street, 9am-5pm Mon-Fri; 515.246-2300), or $20 if purchased at the event.

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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