• Ticket Price
    Students Half Price
  • Duration
    2hrs 10min
    One intermission
Season Finale: (Re)Discover the Ode to Joy

Season Finale: (Re)Discover the Ode to Joy

Be captivated by Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony as the Symphony is joined by soaring voices in a triumphant “Ode to Joy.”

Our 86th Season Finale begins with Suppe’s driving and exciting Pique Dame, or “Queen of Spades,” Overture. Simple, beautiful melodies tackle the complex subject of human endeavor in Valerie Coleman’s UMOJA, Anthem of Unity. Finally, re-discover the elation of Beethoven’s immortal Ninth Symphony. Marvel as over 100 voices become one with the Symphony in a triumphant “Ode to Joy.”

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Supporting Sponsors


  • SUPPE Pique Dame Overture Listen
  • Valerie COLEMAN UMOJA, Anthem of Unity Listen
  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 in D Minor “Choral Symphony” Listen


  • Joseph Giunta Conductor Bio
  • Hannah Ludwig Mezzo-Soprano Bio
  • Michelle Bradley Soprano Bio
  • Issachah Savage Tenor Bio
  • Kevin Deas Bass-Baritone Bio


Single tickets are $15-$70 and are available through Des Moines Performing Arts. 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

Join us 45 minutes before the concert in the Prairie Meadows (East) Lobby for a free Concert Prelude Talk. Led by Dr. Eric McIntyre of Grinnell College, these discussions are complimentary to ticket holders and offer engaging and topical commentary on the featured program.