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The best gifts don't have to come with a bow on top. Give the gift of a lasting musical memory this holiday season. (And you won't even have to leave the house!) 

New Year's Eve Pops: Cirque de la Symphony

On Sunday, December 31 at 8 PM, celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Des Moines Symphony! Expect the unexpected when world-renowned Cirque performers take the stage with the Orchestra – from gravity-defying aerials and acrobatics to jaw-dropping contortion and quick-change – all choreographed to thrilling symphonic music. Ring in the new year with an electrifying evening of entertainment as these incredible artists swing from the rafters of the Civic Center!  

Gift price: Tickets start at $50 and are selling fast. Give the best tickets when you purchase today!

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Discover Gershwin - March 9 & 10

Award-winning pianist Michelle Cann makes her Des Moines debut performing of George Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue, celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2024. The concert opens with Grammy-nominated composer Carlos Simon’s Gospel-inspired Amen! The soaring lyricism and brooding intensity of César Franck’s Symphony in D Minor brings the concert to a close.

Gift price: Tickets start at just $15.

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4-Ticket Flex Package

Got someone on your list who's difficult for buy for? No worries! Our Flex packages include four Masterworks tickets to use any way you choose! One person can attend four concerts, four people can attend one concert, whatever works best for you!

Gift price: Flex packages start at just $78 and include four vouchers that can be used toward any Masterworks concert the recipient wants!

A Semester of Lessons at the Des Moines Symphony Academy

Give the young musicians in your life a truly special gift this year, the opportunity to learn from professional musicians in private lessons or small groups, and participate in ensembles conducted by the Symphony's accomplished faculty.   The Symphony Academy supports six youth ensembles (Preludio Strings, Youth Sinfonia, Youth Philharmonic, Youth Symphony, Youth Wind Ensemble, and Youth Jazz Orchestra) in addition to a Beginning Strings Program, Honors Ensembles, Zauberflöte, and private lessons. The Spring semester starts in January. 

Gift price: Private lessons are $36 per 30-minute lesson. The Des Moines Symphony Academy offers tuition assistance in the form of need-based scholarships to ensure that family finances do not prevent any student from participating in private lessons, classes, or ensembles at the Symphony Academy.  

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Season Finale: (Re)Discover the Ode to Joy

Be captivated by Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony as the Symphony is joined by soaring voices in a triumphant “Ode to Joy.”

Our 86th Season Finale begins with Suppe’s driving and exciting Pique Dame, or “Queen of Spades,” Overture. Simple, beautiful melodies tackle the complex subject of human endeavor in Valerie Coleman’s UMOJI, Anthem of Unity. Finally, discover (or re-discover) the elation of Beethoven’s immortal Ninth Symphony. 

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