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  • Thursday, February 11, 2021 7:00PM — Online
Past and Present

Past and Present

A study in past and present, from Haydn and Saint-Georges to Jessie Montgomery’s modern, multicultural tribute to “The Star-Spangled Banner”

Our February concert evokes both humor and history, contrasting old and new. Haydn’s merry “La Poule (the Hen)” takes its nickname from a clucking motif in the first movement, while Pulitzer Prize-Winning American composer William Bolcom’s Commedia for an (Almost) 18th Century Orchestra is a witty commentary on the orchestral traditions of Haydn’s time. The elegant Sinfonia No. 2 was written in 1775 by the first known classical composer of African ancestry, Saint-Georges; Black American composer Jessie Montgomery’s 2014 piece Banner is a modern, multicultural tribute to “The Star-Spangled Banner,” weaving together that theme with the commonly named Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” The concert concludes with 19th Century American composer Edward MacDowell’s tender, serene To a Wild Rose.

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  • William BOLCOM Commedia for (Almost) 18th Century Orchestra Listen
  • SAINT-GEORGES Symphony No. 2 Listen
  • Jessie MONTGOMERY Banner Listen
  • HAYDN Selections from Symphony No. 83 in G Minor (La Poule) Listen
  • MACDOWELL/Laughlin To a Wild Rose from Ten Woodland Sketches Listen


  • Joseph Giunta Conductor 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 and caterers to pair custom multi-course dinner boxes with each concert. Click the "tickets" link above to add on the following options from Cyd's Catering: 

Cyd's Seven-Course Take & Bake Dinner Box: $35 per person

Cheese and Charcuterie Box with Assorted Crackers 

Gouda Puffs

Salad including Romaine, Cucumbers, Peppers, Carrots, a Cherry Tomato with Champagne Vinaigrette Dressing

Fresh In-Season Fruit Kabobs

Artichoke Dip - Pita Chips

Pesto Parmesan Marinara Stuffed Chicken Breast with Penne Pasta and Crispy Parmesan Topping

Dessert - Petit Four Delights and Mini Cheesecakes

Wine Pairings: $20 per bottle

Decoy Sonoma County Red Wine

Decoy Sonoma County Chardonnay

Orders must be placed by Monday, Feb 8 at 5:00PM. Dinner boxes can be picked up at the Temple for Performing Arts (1011 Locust St., Des Moines) between 4:30pm and 5:30pm on Thursday, Feb 11. Take and bake instructions will be provided. Please contact Amanda Drish with any dietary restrictions or to request a vegetarian meal.