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  • Thursday, December 17, 2020 7:00PM — Online
Winter Fantasia

Winter Fantasia

Celebrate the holiday season with the Des Moines Symphony! From Bach to Boyce, this festive evening of music will inspire warmth, joy and peace.

Boyce’s charming Symphony No. 5 was dedicated to St. Cecilia, patron saint of music whose feast day, November 22, begins the holiday season in countries around the world – and so begins our seasonally inspired evening of music. Torelli’s calm, peaceful “Holy Nativity” Concerto recalls the shepherds of Bethlehem watching flocks by night, while Michael Torke’s December, originally commissioned by the Des Moines Symphony in 1995, conjures childhood memories of the first snowfall. Elgar composed the beguiling Love’s Greeting for his future wife Caroline Alice Roberts, and played it for her every Christmas morning until his death. The concert concludes with Bach's endearing Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring and Vaughan Williams’s peaceful and serene Fantasia on “Greensleeves.”

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  • BOYCE Symphony No. 5 Listen
  • TORELLI Christmas Concerto in G Minor, Op. 8, No. 6 Listen
  • ELGAR/Anderson Salut d'amour (Love's Greeting) Listen
  • Michael TORKE December Listen
  • J.S. BACH/Ormandy Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring from Cantata No. 147 Listen
  • VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on "Greensleeves" 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.

Access instructions for the stream will be sent to your email address on the day of the concert. After purchasing, please add info@dmsymphony.org to your safe senders list so your confirmation doesn't get lost in your junk/spam folder.

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

We're sorry — Django's Food and Wine Pairings for December 17 are sold out. 

First: Django salad - House greens, feta cheese, shaved fennel, radish, tomato, red onion, cucumber and classic vinaigrette

Second: Coq au Vin - Pan-seared chicken breasts, lardons, mushrooms, cipollini onions, fresh thyme, Burgundy demi-glace and fingerling potatoes / ALT: Vegan sweet potato gnocci with hazelnut cream, local mushrooms, dried cranberries, sage, and spiced pepitas

Third: Chocolate Pot de Creme

Wine Pairings:$20 per bottle

White wine - La Vieille Ferme Blanc or Cavit Prosecco 

Red wine - La Vieille Ferme Red

Dinner boxes can be picked up at Django (1420 Locust St, Des Moines) between 4:30pm and 5:30pm on Thursday, December 17. Meals will be hot and ready to eat upon pickup. Please contact Amanda Drish with any dietary restrictions or to request a vegetarian meal.