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  • Thursday, January 21, 2021 7:00PM — Online
Dance, Rhythm, & Blues

Dance, Rhythm, & Blues

From Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat to the ragtime riffs of Joplin’s The Entertainer, this wide-ranging program spans a century of dance music

From Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat to the ragtime riffs of Joplin’s The Entertainer, this wide-ranging program features dance music from French and American Impressionism to jazz, blues and swing. Iowa composer Michael Daugherty’s Sinatra Shag kicks off the program with swirling chromatic grooves; D’Indy’s spirited Chanson et Danses evokes the French countryside. Milhaud’s Brazilian-influenced Concerto for Percussion and Small Orchestra features Principal Percussionist Aaron Williams as soloist, while Piazzolla’s Libertango evokes Argentinian tango salons. Finally, the works of two Black American composers, William Grant Still and Scott Joplin, conclude the concert with notes of jazz, blues, and ragtime.  

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  • Michael DAUGHERTY Sinatra Shag Listen
  • D’INDY Danses from Chanson et Danses Listen
  • MILHAUD Concerto for Percussion and Small Orchestra Listen
  • STRAVINSKY Three Dances from L’Histoire du Soldat Listen
  • PIAZZOLLA/Kazik Libertango Listen
  • STILL Blues from Lenox Avenue Listen
  • JOPLIN/Hamlisch Solace Listen
  • JOPLIN/Schuller The Entertainer Listen


  • Joseph Giunta Conductor Bio
  • Jonathan Sturm Violin Bio
  • Nicholas Roth Piano Bio
  • Aaron Williams Percussion Bio

Tickets & Access

Streaming passes are $20. Each ticket is valid for one device. Subscribers who have opted in to our streaming concerts will receive automatic access and do not need to purchase passes. 

These livestreamed concerts can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home – and replayed at your convenience. Click here to read detailed instructions for accessing these concert broadcasts, making it easy to enjoy them on a Smart TV, a laptop, or even on your phone.

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Join us throughout the week leading up to the concert for prelude talks, virtual cocktail parties, Classical Conversations, and more! Just click "Tickets" at the top of this page to create your own custom concert week schedule.

Dinner and a Show

Want to enhance your experience? Join us for dinner and a show! We’ve partnered with a variety of local restaurants to pair custom multi-course dinner boxes with each concert. Click the "tickets" link above to add on the following options from HoQ Restaurant: 

HoQ Three-Course Take & Bake Dinner Box: $35 per person

FIRST COURSE: Sopes with local black beans, crème fraiche, Milton creamery cheddar cheese and local pickled red onions

MAIN COURSE: Grass-fed Braised Beef. Ebersole Cattle Co sirloin, local bell green pepper risotto, red kale and HoQ steak sauce 

DESSERT: Apple Galette served with homemade whipped cream

Wine Pairings: $20 per bottle

Red: Il Principe Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont Italy, 2018

White: Long Meadow Ranch Sauvignon Blanc, Napa, 2017

Orders must be placed by Monday, Jan 18 at 5:00PM. Dinner boxes can be picked up at HoQ (303 E 5th St, Des Moines, IA) between 4:30pm and 5:30pm on Thursday, Jan. 21. Take and bake instructions will be provided. Please contact Amanda Drish with any dietary restrictions or to request a vegetarian meal.