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Spring Serenade

Spring Serenade

From the lyrical woodwind and horn melodies of Richard Strauss’s Serenade in E-flat Major to Gounod, Delius and Mozart, our March concert heralds the arrival of spring

Richard Strauss’s Serenade in E-flat Major, composed when he was just seventeen years old, opens our March concert with lyrical woodwind and French horn melodies. Gounod’s sparkling, elegant Petite Symphonie was modeled after Mozart’s wind serenades; here, it precedes the dramatic first movement of Mozart’s “little” G Minor Symphony, used to great effect in the movie “Amadeus.” Finally, Delius’s On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring evokes the composer’s impressions of the Norwegian countryside by using the oboe, strings and clarinet to imitate the cuckoo heralding spring.

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  • R. STRAUSS Serenade in E-flat Major Listen
  • GOUNOD Selections from Petite Symphonie Listen
  • MOZART “Allegrio con Brio” from Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, K. 183 Listen
  • DELIUS On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring from Two Pieces for Small Orchestra Listen


  • Joseph Giunta Conductor Bio

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Dinner and a Show

Want to enhance your experience? Join us for dinner and a show! We’re partnering with local restaurants throughout the Symphony season to pair a custom multi-course dinner box with each concert. At our March concert, Table 128 in West Des Moines will be creating a custom food + wine pairing. Sales for food and wine will end on Tuesday, March 16 at 12:00 PM.

First: Spinach salad - baby spinach, red onion, apple, cranberries, walnuts, poppyseed vinaigrette

Main: Duck confit - confit of duck leg, bean cassoulet, bacon, onion, garlic, charred broccolini

Dessert: Profiteroles (2) - vanilla pastry cream, cream puff, chocolate glaze

Red Wine: Merlot - Heron, Mendocino, California, 2017

White Wine: Reisling - St. Urbans-Hof, Mosel, Germany, 2016