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

Rescheduled: 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.

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


  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8 Listen
  • WAGNER Siegfried Idyll 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


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.