Our 2020-2021 Season

The Des Moines Symphony season will begin on Thursday, October 1 with the first of three livestreamed concerts in a new Live from the Temple concert format. The concert broadcasts, featuring a reduced-size orchestra spaced appropriately to ensure musician safety, will include special interviews and behind-the-scenes footage along with a live Q&A session with Maestro Joseph Giunta. The performances will be professionally filmed and recorded to ensure the highest possible audio and video quality. No audience will be present; instead, performances will be livestreamed for at-home viewing.

Each of the concerts in this series will be broadcast live from the Temple for Performing Arts and will be preceded by a full week of online programming including classes, virtual social events, prelude talks, and more. Season ticket holders will receive free access to the livestreamed concerts as well as admission to additional events based on their subscription level. Single tickets will be available for sale at a later date, and will include optional pre-concert meals for pickup from local restaurant partners.

The Des Moines Symphony’s season will open in October with Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3. Additional highlights of the “Live from the Temple” series include Gabriela Lena Frank’s Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout; Debussy’s Sacred and Profane Dances featuring Principal Harpist Erin Brooker-Miller as soloist; Copland’s Appalachian Spring; Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Trumpets featuring Principal Trumpet Andrew Bishop and Second Trumpet Andrew Classen; Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on “Greensleeves,” and more. View the full season here.

Information for Subscribers

All Masterworks season subscribers can opt in to receive free access to the October and November livestreamed concerts. In addition, Gold and Platinum subscribers will receive complimentary access to Classical Conversations events as well as the December add-on concert, Winter Fantasia. All subscribers have the opportunity to add on additional events including ReMix and virtual social events, as well as optional pre-concert food and drink pairings for pickup from local restaurant partners. 

Details for gaining complimentary access to these performances were emailed to all subscribers on August 3; if you did not receive this message and would like to opt in, please contact us at info@dmsymphony.org.

Ticketholders may exchange their fall Masterworks tickets into a different performance or receive a refund by contacting the Civic Center Ticket Office at info@dmpa.org, or by leaving a message at (515) 246.2300. Calls will be returned during Ticket Office hours Monday-Thursday between 10AM and 5PM.

Flex ticket holders who hold tickets for Masterworks 1 or 2 can also choose to exchange from fall into spring concerts or receive vouchers for use at a later date; please contact the Ticket Office with your desired action. Flex Subscribers may redeem their vouchers for concerts in the Live from the Temple series; to do so, contact the Civic Center Ticket Office at info@dmpa.org.

Single tickets and add-on events will go on sale September 1.

Postponed Concerts

Three concerts originally scheduled for September and October 2020, Carmina Burana, Bernadette Peters in Concert, and Revolution: The Music of the Beatles, have been postponed into 2021. All previously issued tickets will be valid for the rescheduled performance dates; ticket holders will be informed of the rescheduled dates as soon as those dates have been confirmed with both the artists and the venue.

DMSO at Home

DMSO at Home is a Des Moines Symphony project aimed at connecting with our community online through videos, livestreamed concerts, and more. New content is added each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with a livestreamed performance every Sunday.

Click here to view our entire collection of videos, concerts, and more.

Office Closures

Des Moines Symphony and Des Moines Performing Arts staff are working remotely while the physical offices are closed. We encourage you to mail info@dmpa.org with ticketing questions and requests for the quickest response. The Ticket Office Staff has limited ability to answer ticket inquires and requests by phone at this time, and appreciates your patience in these circumstances.

If you prefer to leave a phone message for your ticket requests and inquires, call the Civic Center Ticket Office at (515) 246.2300. Someone will call you back between the hours of 10AM and 5PM Monday-Thursday.

Thank you for your continued support of the Des Moines Symphony as we work to fulfill our mission and protect your health and safety. 


We are particularly grateful to our supporters during these challenging times. Please help us continue our work of enriching our community through classical music! Your donation today will support the musicians and music you love, helping us through this unprecedented time so we can continue making music for years to come. Make a gift today.

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