Masterworks 4: Jorge Mester conducts La Mer

Saturday, Feb 7, 2015 7:30pm Buy Tickets
Sunday, Feb 8, 2015 2:30pm Buy Tickets

Des Moines Civic Center (221 Walnut Street, Downtown Des Moines)

Jorge Mester, conducting
Robert Edward Thies, piano

MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 “Scottish”
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 1

Mexican-born conductor Jorge Mester, winner of the Ditson Conductor’s Award and renowned for his leadership of the Aspen Music Festival, leads the Orchestra in one of his signature pieces: Debussy’s beloved La Mer. His interpretation of this impressionistic work depicting the sea is considered one of the most poignant and historically authentic. He is joined by pianist Robert Edward Thies, winner of the Second International Prokofiev Competition, playing Prokofiev’s rhythmic and virtuosic First Piano Concerto. Nixon Lauridsen and Virginia Croskery Lauridsen are the Guest Conductor Sponsors.

Tickets: Single tickets are $15-$55 and are available through Ticketmaster (up until two hours prior to performances) and the Civic Center Ticket Office (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines; open 9a-5p Monday through Friday and two hours prior to performances). Student tickets are $7.50-$27.50 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.

Concert Prelude Talks begin 45 minutes prior to each Masterworks concert in the Stoner Theater.

The duration of these concerts is approximately two hours and ten minutes, which includes a 20-minute intermission.

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Joseph Giunta’s suggested recordings:

  • MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 “Scottish”: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Christoph von Dohnanyi conducting; Decca
  • PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 1: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; Yefim Bronfman, piano; Zubin Mehta, conducting; Sony
  • DEBUSSY La Mer: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; Simon Rattle, conducting; EMI
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