The Des Moines Symphony is postponing its performances of Carmina Burana, originally scheduled for March 14 & 15, in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. All ticketholders are being notified directly of the postponement; the rescheduled concerts will be held in fall 2020.

The safety and security of our audiences, musicians, and staff is our highest priority. Given the potential risks, we feel this is the right decision for the safety of our audiences as well as our musicians, guest choirs and soloists. We are committed to do our part in slowing the transmission of COVID-19, and look forward to presenting this fantastic program of great music to our audiences later this year.

The Orchestra will announce on or before Wednesday, April 1 whether any additional concerts on its calendar will be cancelled due to COVID – 19.

The Des Moines Symphony will be directly in touch with all ticketholders with further information on the rescheduled concerts. For maximum efficiency, ticketholders are encouraged wait to receive communication from the Orchestra that will outline a variety of options around their tickets.

In addition, the Des Moines Symphony Academy has announced it will cancel all lessons, classes and events from March 15-22. From March 23 to April 4, the Academy will move all private lessons and group classes online. Large ensemble rehearsals including the Youth Orchestras, Youth Wind Ensembles, Barcodes and Honors Ensembles have been cancelled through April 4. The Academy will communicate further details directly with faculty, parents and students.

We thank you for your continued support of the Symphony. Please continue to visit for further information and updates.