On Saturday, September 24, and Sunday, September 25, the Symphony will perform the first-ever Harriet S. and J. Locke Macomber Concert featuring guitarist Sharon Isbin and the works of Gershwin, Rodrigo and Ravel, along with a world premiere commission by composer Kevin Puts. 

As part of its Opening Night celebrations, the Symphony will livestream its Season Debut concert at three Central Iowa venues. Attendees can bring a blanket, share a picnic and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Des Moines Symphony with friends and family. The Saturday evening concert will be livestreamed from the Civic Center and projected on a giant screen – all free to the community.

Made possible by the generosity of the Harriet S. and J. Locke Macomber Des Moines Symphony Fund, these free community events are central to the Symphony’s mission to enrich and inspire the community through great music. 

The Prairie Meadows Riviera Stage at Riverview Park
710 Corning Ave, Des Moines, IA 50313
Sat Sep 24 7:30PM

Riverview Park is home to the Prairie Meadows Riviera Amphitheater which can hold crowds of 10,000 or more. Through a partnership with the City of Des Moines, the Parks Area Foundation operates the stage and invests revenue into the revitalization of the surrounding neighborhoods.

Riverview is located off the Neal Smith trail. Parking around the venue includes approximately 1100 spots within 1/2 mile of the venue, as well as street parking. Find more information about the venue here, then pack your picnic blankets and chairs to enjoy the Symphony's Season Debut on a giant screen at Riverview.

Johnston Town Center
6245 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, IA 50131
Sat Sep 24 7:30PM

The Johnston Town Center is a commercial center for the City of Johnston serving as a local destination for dining, shopping and entertainment. Its central green space, "The Yard," features regular event programming including concerts, a splash pad and a seasonal ice skating rink.

Bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Des Moines Symphony as Johnston Town Center streams the Season Debut concert free for the community. 

Ames Band Shell Park
125 E 5th St, Ames, IA 50010
Sat, Sep 24 7:30PM

Band Shell Park is the first and oldest park in the city of Ames. Located within the Downtown Cultural District, the park frequently hosts concerts, movie screenings, and other community activities.

Pack your picnics and enjoy the Symphony's Season Debut projected on a giant screen in the Durham bandshell. 

The Harriet S. and J. Locke Macomber Des Moines Symphony Fund — a $5 million endowment — was established at the direction of Harriet Macomber upon her passing in 2020. Administered by the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, the Macomber Des Moines Symphony Fund enables the Symphony to create exciting, innovative programming designed to sustain and build the Symphony’s audience while growing the Orchestra’s artistic standard of excellence.

Learn more about the Symphony's Season Debut: Gershwin, Rodrigo and Ravel.