Des Moines Symphony’s Masterworks 4 – Jorge Mester conducts La Mer, Feb 7 & 8, 2015

January 29, 2015


Joseph Giunta, Music Director & Conductor
Richard L. Early, Executive Director
The Temple for Performing Arts ● 1011 Locust Street, Suite 200 ● Des Moines, IA 50309
Date: January 29, 2015

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

Masterworks 4: Jorge Mester Conducts La Mer

DES MOINES  – The Des Moines Symphony continues its 2014-2015 77th Season with Masterworks 4: Jorge Mester conducts La Mer, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 7 & 2:30 p.m. Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the Des Moines Civic Center (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines).

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. 

Arrive 45 minutes early to each performance and join Dr. Eric Saylor in the Stoner Theater (new location) for a Concert Prelude Talk to learn about the composers and pieces. Concert Prelude Talks are free and open to the public.

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. Students must present a valid student ID to receive student pricing. Tickets will be available at the door.

For questions or to interview Jorge Mester, please contact Sophia S. Ahmad at or 515.280.4000, ext. 4011. Visit us at and


Des Moines Symphony’s 2014-2015 Masterworks Season:
Sep 27 & 28: Season Debut – The Firebird
Oct 25 & 26: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons
Nov 15 & 16: Beethoven’s Fifth – Beyond the Score: Fate Knocks?
Feb 7 & 8: Jorge Mester Conducts La Mer
Mar 28 & 29: Giunta Conducts Mozart, Chopin & Les Preludes
Apr 18 & 19: Roman Returns – Dvorak Cello Concerto
May 23 & 24 (Memorial Day Weekend):  Season Finale: Appalachian Spring – A Memorial Day Tribute

Des Moines Symphony’s 2014-2015 Pops Concerts:
Dec 31: New Year’s Eve Pops: Cirque de la Symphonie
Feb 21: Audra McDonald In Concert (in collaboration with Des Moines Performing Arts)

Visit for complete season details.

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-