Des Moines Symphony Announces Kemin Industries Support of Guest Artist Program

September 19, 2017

DES MOINES –The Des Moines Symphony is pleased to announce it has received a five-year commitment totaling $100,000 from Kemin Industries in support of its Guest Artist Program. This support will help the Des Moines Symphony engage renowned visiting soloists from around the world and the best emerging guest artists to perform alongside the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra.

The Des Moines Symphony & Academy invests nearly two-thirds of its $3.5 million budget to employ musicians, teaching faculty, visiting artists, and staff to create extraordinary, live musical experiences and outstanding educational opportunities for Central Iowa. Kemin’s gift will support the Des Moines Symphony’s 80th Anniversary Season Debut concert Sat Sep 23 & 24 featuring Grammy nominee and American violinist Jennifer Frautschi.

“Kemin’s generous support recognizes the important role the Des Moines Symphony plays in providing opportunities for Central Iowans to hear the world’s leading classical artists, in collaboration with their own Symphony musicians, in the most revered concerto repertoire,” said Richard Early, the Des Moines Symphony’s Executive Director. “These are the same artists who perform with the orchestras in the world’s musical capitals of New York, Chicago, London and Vienna.  We thank Dr. Chris Nelson, President and CEO of Kemin and a leader on the Symphony Board of Trustees, and everyone at Kemin for helping make Des Moines a truly great place to live.”


Kemin ( has been dedicated to using applied science to improve the quality of life for over half a century. As a global company touching 3.8 billion people every day with its products, Kemin is committed to improving the quality, safety and efficacy of food, feed and health-related products to feed a growing population and be a resource for others in need.

Committed to feed and food safety, Kemin maintains top-of-the-line manufacturing facilities where over 500 specialty ingredients are made for humans and animals in
the global feed and food industries, as well as the health, nutrition and beauty markets. The company provides product solutions and options to customers in more than 120 countries.

A privately held, family-owned and operated company, Kemin has more than 2,500 global employees and operates in 90 countries including manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Russia, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.


2017-2018 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). For complete program details, please use the links below:

2017-2018 Pops concerts at the Des Moines Civic Center (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines IA, 50309):

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 $3.5 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.