Masterworks 5: Ellis Island / The New World

Ellis Island / The New World
Presenting Sponsor

The Symphony's Healthcare Circle

Saturday, Mar 16, 2019 7:30pm Buy TicketsSubscribe
Sunday, Mar 17, 2019 2:30pm Buy TicketsSubscribe

Peter BOYER  Suite from Ellis Island: The Dream of America

GERSHWIN  Concerto in F

DVORAK  Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”

Joseph Giunta, conducting

Aaron Diehlpiano

Katy Merriman, Roger Mueller, Kerry Skram, Stephen Yoakam, Jill Shellabarger, actors


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

Experience Dvorak’s masterful Ninth Symphony in a concert celebrating the journey to the New World. First, our nation’s immigrant heritage is brought to vivid life in Ellis Island: The Dream of America, an ambitious new work which blends theatre, narration, historical images, and music to portray immigrants in search of the American dream. Next, celebrated pianist Aaron Diehl plays Gershwin’s uniquely American, jazz-infused Concerto in F. Finally, Dvorak’s famed “New World” Symphony features the evocative sounds of his own American journey.

To our patrons: We are indebted to renowned pianist Aaron Diehl, who agreed to step in and perform this program on very short notice when guest artist Anne-Marie McDermott withdrew due to a family emergency. This will be Mr. Diehl’s first appearance with the Des Moines Symphony.

Tickets: Single tickets are $15-$68 and are available through Des Moines Performing Arts. Please note single ticket prices are subject to a $5 increase on the day of the concert, excluding student rush tickets.

Student tickets are $7.50-$33 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. One ticket sold per valid Student ID.

The duration of these concerts is approximately two hours and ten minutes, which includes a 20-minute intermission. This program will be rebroadcast at 4 pm on April 21 and at 7 pm on April 22 on Iowa Public Radio, the Radio Home of the Des Moines Symphony.

The Des Moines Symphony welcomes children five years and older to attend performances. Children of any age are welcome to attend youth and family concerts. All children, regardless of age, must have their own ticket to attend performances.

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LEARN MORE: Concert Prelude Talks begin 45 minutes prior to each Masterworks concert in the Prairie Meadows (East) Lobby.

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