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History and Folklore

History and Folklore

From Bach’s colorful, inventive Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 to Gabriela Lena Frank’s Leyendas, take a musical journey spanning three continents and 300 years.

The first concert in our “Live from the Temple” series opens with Bach’s colorful, inventive Brandenburg Concerto No. 3. Next, Debussy’s Sacred and Profane Dances, featuring Principal Harpist Erin Brooker-Miller, pairs lush harmonies with rich textures. Gabriela Lena Frank’s Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout draws from Peruvian writer José María Arguedas’ concept of mestizaje, where cultures can coexist without the subjugation of one by the other. The folk traditions of Leyendas connects to Bartok’s energetic and lively Romanian Dances. Finally, Argentinian tango composer Astor Piazzolla brings the program to a hauntingly melodic end with Oblivion.

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  • J.S. BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 Listen
  • DEBUSSY Sacred and Profane Dances Listen
  • Gabriela Lena FRANK Movements I, II, III, IV, and VI from Leyenadas: An Andean Walkabout Listen
  • BARTOK Romanian Folk Dances Listen
  • PIAZZOLLA/Longfield Oblivion Listen


  • Joseph Giunta Conductor Bio
  • Erin Brooker-Miller Principal Harp Bio

Tickets & Access

Streaming passes are $15. 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. 

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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 three local restaurants to pair a custom multi-course dinner box with each concert. Click the "tickets" link above to add on the following options from Alba Restaurant: 

Alba: Two-Course Take & Bake Dinner Box: $30 per person

Berkwood Farms Osso Buco with late summer tabouleh salad and tomato vinaigrette

Vietnamese coffee tres leche cake, compressed berries, sweetened condensed whip

Wine Pairings: $15 per bottle

2017 Campo Viejo Tempranillo, Rioja Spain $15

2018 Oveja Negra Sauvignon Blanc, Maule Valley, Chile $15

Orders must be placed by Wednesday, Sep.30 at 12:00PM. Dinner boxes can be picked up at Alba (524 E 6th St, Des Moines, IA) between 3:00pm and 4:30pm on Thursday, October 1. Take and bake instructions will be provided. Please contact Amanda Drish with any dietary restrictions or to request a vegetarian meal.