Des Moines Symphony Plays World Premiere: BRIO for Orchestra

March 9, 2018

On March 24 & 25, the Des Moines Symphony will premiere a new work by composer Augusta Read ThomasBRIO for Orchestra, a Music from the Heartland commission by the Des Moines Symphony, is dedicated to Carolyn (Kay) Bucksbaum – Arts Devotee, Innovator, Philanthropist and dear friend – and was commissioned as a gift from her son and daughter John Bucksbaum and Ann Bucksbaum Friedman. The piece will receive its World Premiere at the Des Moines Symphony’s Masterworks 5 concerts, Beethoven 7: Apotheosis of the Dance. 

Thomas writes, “Kay Bucksbaum is radiant, elegant, brilliant, expressive, graceful, fun, beautiful, generous, sophisticated and positive. I am humbled by this opportunity to compose an orchestral work in her honor for its world premiere on Maestro Giunta’s ‘Apotheosis of the Dance’ concert. The Webster’s Dictionary definition of the noun brio reads in part: ‘Let’s give this celebration the brio it deserves! — vigor, vivacity, gusto, verve, zest, enthusiasm, vitality, dynamism, animation, spirit, energy; informal pep, vim, get-up-and-go.’ The title BRIO hopefully captures the spirit of Kay’s magnificence, twinkle and positive energy.”

Visit Thomas’s website for further information on BRIO for Orchestra. 

Tickets to the March 24 & 25 concerts can be purchased here.