Masterworks 6: Simon Sings Porgy & Bess

Simon Estes
Presenting Sponsor

Principal Financial Group

Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 7:30pm Buy Tickets
Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 2:30pm Buy Tickets

SHOSTAKOVICH  Festive Overture

BERNSTEIN  Chichester Psalms

GERSHWIN  Music from Porgy & Bess

Joseph Giunta, conducting

Simon Estes, bass-baritone

Janice Chandler-Etemesoprano

Anthony Petruconis, boy soprano

Luther College Nordic Choir

Andrew Last, director


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

Iowa native and internationally-renowned singer Simon Estes has filled opera houses from New York City to Paris and beyond. Now, experience his powerful voice in person as Simon performs selections from Gershwin’s beloved Porgy & Bess with Janice Chandler-Eteme, one of the world’s foremost lyric sopranos, and the Des Moines Symphony. This special concert also features Luther College’s celebrated Nordic Choir singing Bernstein’s choral masterpiece Chichester Psalms, but first, the breathtaking joy of Shostakovich’s brilliant, colorful Festive Overture.

Tickets: Single tickets start at $15 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 start at $7.50 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. 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 May 19 and at 7 pm on May 20 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.

Read our program notes to learn more about the pieces being performed.

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