• Ticket Price
    Students half-price
  • Duration
    2hrs 10min
    One intermission
Carmina Burana

Carmina Burana

Orff’s spellbinding choral masterwork bursts to life as 200 voices join the Des Moines Symphony, plus Beethoven’s ebullient Eighth Symphony and Wagner’s tender Siegfried Idyll

Spellbinding, hypnotic and heart-pounding, Carmina Burana simply must be experienced live. Hear this choral masterwork like never before as the Des Moines Symphony is joined onstage by 200 voices for a sensational, spectacular performance long to be remembered. Beethoven’s ebullient Eighth Symphony ticks along merrily to open the concert, while Wagner’s musical love letter, the tender and intimate Siegfried Idyll, contrasts the more provocative Carmina with its gentle, lilting portrayal of love.

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  • WAGNER Prelude to Die Meistersinger Listen
  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8 Listen
  • ORFF Carmina Burana Listen


  • Joseph Giunta Conductor Bio
  • Amy Owens Soprano Bio
  • Christopher Pfund Tenor Bio
  • Craig Irvin Baritone Bio
  • Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble Timothy A. McMillin, Director Bio
  • Heartland Youth Choir Sandy Miller, Director Bio
  • Drake University/Community Chorus Eric Barnum, Director Bio
  • Des Moines Choral Society James Rodde, Director Bio

Health & Safety Protocols

The health and safety of our musicians, audiences, and staff is our top priority. We are developing a detailed plan for a safe return to the Civic Center which includes extensive mitigation measures for both audiences and musicians. 

We anticipate that our health and safety protocols will evolve throughout the season as the CDC’s guidelines for indoor gatherings are updated. Ticket holders should expect an email detailing specific protocols for entering Des Moines Performing Arts venues closer to the date of their performance(s).

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This concert has been rescheduled from the 2019-20 Season. All previously issued tickets will be valid. If you are not sure whether you hold tickets to this concert, please call the Civic Center Ticket Office at 515.246.2300. 

Single tickets for this concert will go on sale Monday, August 16, 2021. 

Single tickets are $15-$70 and are available through Des Moines Performing Arts. Please note single 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.