• Ticket Price
    Students half-price
  • Duration
    One intermission
Mendelssohn & Brahms

Mendelssohn & Brahms

Rising star Grace Park plays Mendelssohn’s dazzling Violin Concerto, plus Peter Oundjian conducts Brahms’s lush Second Symphony and the shimmering Rainbow Body

The Winner of the 2018 Naumburg International Violin Competition, Grace Park is a dynamic violinist and a rising star. Hear her play Mendelssohn’s dazzling Violin Concerto conducted by Peter Oundjian,  former first violinist of the Tokyo Quartet who became Music Director of the Toronto Symphony. Brahms’s Second Symphony will transport you with its lush, flowing melodies, but first – experience the sunburst and splendor of Christopher Theofanidis’s Rainbow Body, one of the most-performed new orchestral works of the last fifteen years.

Read our program notes to learn more about the pieces to be performed. 

Event Sponsors

Guest Conductor Sponsors

  • Nixon Lauridsen & Virginia Croskery Lauridsen


  • Christopher THEOFANIDIS Rainbow Body
  • MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E Minor Listen
  • BRAHMS Symphony No. 2 Listen


  • Peter Oundjian Guest Conductor Bio
  • Grace Park Violin Bio


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.

Learn More

Concert Prelude Talks begin 45 minutes prior to each Masterworks concert in the Prairie Meadows (East) Lobby.