• Ticket Price
    Students half-price
  • Duration
    2hrs 10min
    One intermission
Beethoven & Shostakovich

Beethoven & Shostakovich

Jahja Ling leads the Orchestra in Shostakovich’s dramatic Fifth Symphony, plus rising star Janice Carissa plays Beethoven’s turbulent, tender Third Piano Concerto

Jahja Ling, the first and only conductor of Chinese descent to hold a music director position with a major American orchestra, leads the Symphony in a program which begins with American composer John Harbison’s glittery, effervescent Remembering Gatsby. Rising star Janice Carissa plays Beethoven’s poetic Third Piano Concerto, equal parts turbulent and tender. Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, composed under Stalin’s oppressive Soviet regime, expresses hope and despair alike in a dramatic cry of rebellion.

Join us early! Concert Prelude Talks led by Dr. Eric McIntyre begin 45 minutes prior to each Masterworks concert in the Prairie Meadows (East) Lobby.

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  • Nixon Lauridsen & Virginia Croskery Lauridsen


  • John HARBISON Remembering Gatsby: Foxtrot for Orchestra
  • BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 Listen
  • SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5 Listen


  • Jahja Ling Guest Conductor Bio
  • Janice Carissa Piano Bio


Single tickets are $15-$70 and are available through Des Moines Performing Arts. Ticket prices are subject to a $5 increase on the day of the concert, excluding student rush tickets.

Student tickets are $7.50-$35 and are available through the Civic Center Ticket Office. Student rush tickets, subject to availability, are $5 for junior high and high school students and $10 for all other students the day of the concert through the Civic Center Ticket Office. One ticket sold per valid Student ID.


Watch from home! Each Saturday night Masterworks concert is broadcast live on dmsymphony.org with on-demand access available for 30 days. 

Streaming tickets are $20 per device. Streaming passes allow you to watch the concert live from the Civic Center during the Saturday night performance, with on-demand viewing for an additional 30 days.

Already have access? Watch the livestream here.