Des Moines Symphony Academy announces The Four Seasons Project

October 21, 2014


Joshua Barlage, Managing Director
Richard L. Early, Executive Director
The Temple for Performing Arts ● 1011 Locust Street, Suite 400 ● Des Moines, IA 50309
Date: October 21, 2014

Contact: Sophia S. Ahmad, Director of Marketing & Public Relations ● 515.280.4000, ext. 4011 ●


In collaboration with the Pointe Academy of Ballet & Contemporary Dance, the Science Center of Iowa and The Des Moines Art Center, the Des Moines Symphony Academy is pleased to announce The Four Seasons Project. The Project, sponsored by the Meier Bernstein Foundation, kicks off Friday, October 24 with a FREE and open to the public Master Class with violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, who will coach four Des Moines Symphony Youth Symphony students playing each of the four movements of The Four Seasons. Meyers also plays The Four Seasons with the Des Moines Symphony on Saturday, October 25 & Sunday, October 26.

Instructors, faculty and lecturers from all four organizations will work with more than 90 students over the course of the 2014-2015 school year to integrate the different disciplines into exploring Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Participants will work alongside like-aged students, teachers, faculty and community members in this  nine-month, multi-disciplinary program that culminates with two performances of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, 7 p.m. Friday, May 8 & 1 p.m. Saturday, May 9 at the First Christian Church in Des Moines. Learn more about the Project here.

Des Moines Symphony Academy
: 35 students, comprised of Des Moines Symphony Youth Symphony string players and four student violin soloists, will perform Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Students will begin preparing music in November 2014.

Science Center of Iowa: Around 20 students will develop a science experience to enhance the performances of The Four Seasons. This student-led project will showcase how weather and climate dictate the changing seasons, and the project will be displayed at the performances. Work will begin in November 2014.

Des Moines Art Center: Around 20 Art Center students will create visual elements for the final performances, including set pieces, murals and lobby displays. Work will begin in January 2015.

Pointe Academy of Ballet: Around 10-15 Pointe Academy senior dance ensemble dancers will perform original choreography to The Four Seasons, which will accompany the Des Moines Symphony Youth Symphony musicians. Choreography is currently being created and dancers will begin learning choreography in November 2014.

THE FOUR SEASONS PROJECT SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (*Events are open to the public):
The Four Seasons Project Open Rehearsal
Thu Oct 23, 2014 at 7pm, Des Moines Civic Center
Des Moines Symphony Youth Orchestras students and collaborative partners will attend an open rehearsal of the Des Moines Symphony rehearsing The Four Seasons.  Youth Symphony students will sit onstage during this rehearsal.

Master Class with violinist Anne Akiko Meyers*
Fri Oct 24, 2014 at 4pm, Des Moines Civic Center, FREE
Youth Symphony violinists selected to perform each of the four concertos will work with Anne Akiko Meyers on their assigned concerto.

The Four Seasons with violinist Anne Akiko Meyers
Sat Oct 25 & Sun Oct 26, 2014, Des Moines Civic Center, $15-$55, half-price for students
Anne Akiko Meyers performs The Four Seasons with the Des Moines Symphony.

The Four Seasons Partners Kick-Off Event
Sun Dec 14, 2014 at 1pm, Science Center of Iowa
All student participants from each of the collaborative partners will attend an opening kick-off event to become acquainted with one another and learn more about the scope of this project.

Youth Symposium
Sun Mar 1, 2015 at 1pm, Des Moines Art Center
Partner organizations present a Youth Symposium for participating students to facilitate interdisciplinary experiences.

Art Center’s Art Sampler*
Sun Apr 12, 2015 at 1pm, Des Moines Art Center, FREE
Art Center hosts Art Sampler, a community event to promote The Four Seasons Project.

The Four Seasons Project Culminating Performances
Fri May 8, 2015 at 7pm & Sat May 9, 2015 at 1pm, First Christian Church
Culminating concerts of The Four Seasons Project.

The Des Moines Symphony is a not-for-profit, professional orchestra formed in 1937 to enrich, educate and inspire the community by performing great orchestral music. The Symphony Association, governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and operating on an annual budget of more than $3 million, supports the Symphony Academy and its numerous music education programs including three youth orchestras, and supports the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra which performs seven pairs of Masterworks concerts, Pops concerts including the traditional New Year’s Eve Pops, education, outreach and family concerts,  and other special events in its home at the Des Moines Civic Center. The Des Moines Symphony also produces and performs the annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert in July on the grounds of the Iowa State Capitol, which for the past several years attracted more than 100,000, the largest single day attendance of any concert event in the State.  -DMSO-