Welcome to our 85th Season! The 2022-2023 Season marks 85 years of making music for you, our Des Moines audiences. We truly believe that this great music is for everyone, and that all are welcome at the Symphony. You’ll find that philosophy reflected in this season’s bold choices. We perform for you – our City of Music.

This season’s music uplifts, inspires, challenges, and comforts. Much of the music on our season will be familiar, including beloved favorites like Stravinsky’s Firebird, Holst’s The Planets, and Gershwin’s An American in Paris, but we’ve also created concert programs that highlight new voices and ideas. In fact, of the 26 pieces in our Masterworks season, nearly half have never been performed on the Civic Center stage. Every program in our 85th Season blends familiar favorites with new experiences, incorporating a wide variety of sounds and colors to create a musical tapestry as unique and special as Des Moines itself.

This season there is something for everyone, much for all, and a bold path forward. I hope you will join us at the Civic Center!

JOSEPH GIUNTA                                                                              
Music Director & Conductor 

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