Masterworks 4: Gerard Schwarz conducts Brahms

January 14, 2016

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 6, 2016

Contact: Megan Helmers, Director of Marketing & Public Relations ● 515.280.4000, ext. 4011 ●



DES MOINES – The Des Moines Symphony continues its 2015-2016 78th Season with Masterworks 4: Gerard Schwarz Conducts Brahms, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 30 & 2:30 p.m. Sunday, January 31, 2016 – at the Des Moines Civic Center (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines).

Guest Conductor Gerard Schwarz is world-renowned for his leadership at the Seattle Symphony and at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, and he has earned international acclaim for his more than 350 orchestral recordings. He was the first American to become Musical America’s Conductor of the Year, and he has received 13 Grammy Award nominations and two Emmy Awards. At the invitation of Joseph Giunta, he leads the Orchestra in Brahms’ sweeping Fourth SymphonyHe is joined by his son, Julian Schwarz, first-place winner of the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition, in Shostakovich’s impassioned First Cello Concerto– a unique father and son collaboration.

Tickets: Single tickets are $15-$60
 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-$30 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. Tickets will be available at the door.

2015-2016 Masterworks concerts, 7:30 p.m. Saturdays & 2:30 p.m. Sundays at the Des Moines Civic Center (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines IA, 50309):


2015-2016 Pops concerts, at the Des Moines Civic Center (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines IA, 50309):

Visit for complete season details and for 2015-2016 Season high resolution photos. Watch our season announcement video here.

For questions or to interview Joseph Giunta, Gerard Schwarz, or Julian Schwarz, please contact Megan Helmers at or 515.280.4000, ext. 4011.

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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 four youth orchestras, and supports the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra which performs seven pairs of Masterworks concerts, a Pops series 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 organization also produces and performs the Des Moines Symphony’s annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert in July on the grounds of the Iowa State Capitol, which attracts more than 100,000, the largest single day attendance of any concert event in the State.