• Ticket Price
    Students half-price
  • Duration
    2hrs 10min
    One intermission
Season Debut: Beethoven's Ninth

Season Debut: Beethoven's Ninth

Joseph Giunta and the Orchestra are joined by a soaring choir in Beethoven’s joyful anthem for humanity

Our 83rd season opens with the heroic trumpet call of Beethoven’s Leonore Overture and the meditative, ringing resonance of Pärt’s Fratres. Janice Chandler-Eteme makes a memorable return singing Wagner’s passionate Liebestod. Finally, the Orchestra is joined onstage by two choirs and four soloists for Beethoven’s landmark Ninth Symphony. You’ll be swept off your feet as the Orchestra is joined by a soaring chorus singing the immortal, triumphant “Ode to Joy.”


  • BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3 Listen
  • Arvo PÄRT Fratres Listen
  • WAGNER Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde Listen
  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9, Choral; “Ode to Joy” Listen


  • Joseph Giunta Conductor Bio
  • Janice Chandler-Eteme Soprano Bio
  • Mary Creswell Mezzo-Soprano Bio
  • Charles Reid Tenor Bio
  • Darren Stokes Baritone Bio
  • Iowa State Singers James Rodde, Director Bio
  • Des Moines Choral Society James Rodde, Director Bio

Learn More

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


Single tickets for this concert will go on sale in fall 2020. 

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.

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