Des Moines Symphony Announces Water Works Pops Series

May 6, 2019

The Des Moines Symphony today announced the details of its new Water Works Pops Series.

Beginning in the summer of 2019, the Symphony will offer a yearly series of free outdoor concerts in the newly constructed Lauridsen Amphitheater at Water Works Park. These concerts, along with the Symphony’s Annual Yankee Doodle Pops Concert, are free to attend and are central to the Symphony’s mission to enrich and inspire the community through great music.

The Symphony will open the inaugural Water Works Pops Season on July 14 with guest artist Renée Elise Goldsberry, winner of the 2016 Best Featured Actress Tony Award for her portrayal of Angelica Schuyler in the smash hit musical, Hamilton. Audiences will experience a memorable evening of Broadway, pop and soul concluding with a spectacular fireworks display. On July 28, the Symphony will celebrate the music of iconic film composer John Williams. From Star Wars to Harry Potter and more, Joseph Giunta will lead the Orchestra in this celebration of beloved film favorites under the stars.

Both concerts in this summer’s Water Works Pops Series invite guests to choose from a range of seating options and admission prices.

  • General Admission to the concerts will be free and open to the public; concert attendees are welcome to bring blankets or lawn chairs, and can purchase food and drinks from an array of vendors at the concert.
  • The Water Works Pops VIP Club offers premium general admission seating near the front of the Lauridsen Amphitheater along with light snacks, drink voucher, and more.
  • Guests may also choose to upgrade to a Patron Package for additional benefits including a catered dinner, early access to seating, and reserved parking.

VIP Club Tickets will go on sale Monday, May 6 at 9:30AM and may be reserved online.

The Des Moines Symphony’s Water Works Pops is made possible through generous lead support from Linda & Tom Koehn and Supporting Sponsor Corteva Agriscience.

Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:30PM

Celebrate under the stars as the Symphony kicks off its free outdoor concert series with Renée Elise Goldsberry! This Tony and Grammy Award-winning Broadway star originated the role of Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton; now, she lends her incredible voice to a glittering evening of Broadway, pop and soul in the Lauridsen Amphitheater at Water Works Park. Don’t miss your shot to hear this Hamilton star live with the Des Moines Symphony.


Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:30PM

Enjoy a thrilling evening of music and movies as the Orchestra celebrates iconic composer John

Williams. Bring your picnic blankets and join us for an evening of beloved film favorites, from Jaws to Star Wars and beyond, played live by the musicians of your Des Moines Symphony. Join us under the stars in in the Lauridsen Amphitheater at Water Works Park for this free, family-friendly symphonic celebration.