Our 2020-2021 Season

Our 2020-2021 Season, Beethoven 250, is one we have been planning and looking forward to for some time. 

We hope to find a way to perform this exciting, long-awaited season for you. However, we must prioritize the health and wellbeing of you, our audience members, as well as our musicians and staff. We don't yet know how social distancing guidelines might impact the number of audience members in the hall or musicians on stage, or when it will be safe to resume large, indoor gatherings. We are currently exploring a wide variety of options in the hope that we can deliver these transformative musical experiences to you in a way that prioritizes the health of our community. 

We appreciate your understanding and patience as we work through potential solutions. Any updates or changes to our 2020-2021 Season will be announced here and communicated to all ticketholders. In the meantime, please know that you can subscribe risk free. In the event that our season must be cancelled, you will have the opportunity to receive a full refund or to apply your tickets to a future Des Moines Symphony season. 

All of us - our musicians, staff, and board - look forward to welcoming you back to the Civic Center as soon as it if safe to do so.

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.

Postponed Concerts

The Des Moines Symphony's Annual Yankee Doodle Pops Concert as well as its second season of Water Works Pops concerts will be performed on Labor Day weekend. These free, outdoor concerts, offered Saturday, September 5 through Monday, September 7, will be presented thanks to the generous support of Linda & Tom Koehn. Read the full announcement here.

Carmina Burana,originally scheduled March 14 & 15, has been rescheduled and will be performed in the Des Moines Civic Center on September 19 & 20, 2020. No action is required from Carmina Burana ticketholders; all previously issued tickets will be valid for the rescheduled performance date.


The following concerts have been cancelled and will not be rescheduled:

  • Masterworks 6: April in Paris (April 18 & 19)
  • Masterworks 7: The Firebird (May 9 & 10)
  • Sensory-Friendly Concert: American Folk Tales (June 14)

Ticketholders for these concerts should visit this page for further information. 


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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