Events

Dali Quartet: Classical Roots. Latin Soul.

January 23, 2016 - 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm at Sheslow Auditorium
2507 University Ave

Performing an enticing mix of classical/romantic string quartet repertoire with Latin American chamber music – including popular danzons and more – the Dalí Quartet creates an extraordinary concert experience that will take listeners on an eclectic journey of rhythm and sound.

Des Moines Symphony’s Gerard Schwarz Conducts Brahms

January 30, 2016 - 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm at Des Moines Civic Center
221 Walnut Street

Gerard Schwarz, conducting
Julian Schwarz, cello

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV  Suite from The Snow Maiden
SHOSTAKOVICH  Cello Concerto No. 1
BRAHMS  Symphony No. 4

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 100 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 Symphony. He 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.

Guest Conductor Sponsor: Nixon Lauridsen and Virginia Croskery Lauridsen

Visit http://dmsymphony.org/orchestra/concerts-and-events/ for more information.

Des Moines Symphony’s Gerard Schwarz Conducts Brahms

January 31, 2016 - 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm at Des Moines Civic Center
221 Walnut Street

Gerard Schwarz, conducting
Julian Schwarz, cello

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV  Suite from The Snow Maiden
SHOSTAKOVICH  Cello Concerto No. 1
BRAHMS  Symphony No. 4

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 100 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 Symphony. He 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.

Guest Conductor Sponsor: Nixon Lauridsen and Virginia Croskery Lauridsen

Visit http://dmsymphony.org/orchestra/concerts-and-events/ for more information.

Gregory Porter

February 3, 2016 - 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm at Sheslow Auditorium
2507 University Ave

Gregory Porter, who has been compared to artists such as Joe Williams, Nat Cole and Marvin Gaye, is a disarmingly sincere performer with a groove that never quits and a voice of incredible virtuosity. This Grammy winner, called “Jazz’s next great male vocalist” by Jazz Times, has developed a worldwide following based on moving performances of self-penned originals and a style that slides confidently between jazz and R&B.

 

Des Moines Symphony’s Romeo & Juliet and the King of Instruments

February 27, 2016 - 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm at Des Moines Civic Center
221 Walnut Street

Joseph Giunta, conducting
Jeffrey Brillhart, organ

BERLIOZ Introduction & Love Scene from Romeo & Juliet
POULENC  Concerto for Organ, Timpani & Strings
SAINT-SAËNS  Symphony No. 3 “Organ”

Romeo & Juliet is history’s greatest love story – experience the passion and drama of it live in this concert. Then, Jeffrey Brillhart, the small-town Iowa boy who studied at Drake University with our own Carl Staplin and grew up to be one of the world’s most prominent organists and also soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, takes his seat at the king of instruments in performances that will amaze and inspire.

Exclusive Sponsor: The Symphony’s Healthcare Circle

Visit http://dmsymphony.org/orchestra/concerts-and-events/ for more information.

Des Moines Symphony’s Romeo & Juliet and the King of Instruments

February 28, 2016 - 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm at Des Moines Civic Center
221 Walnut Street

Joseph Giunta, conducting
Jeffrey Brillhart, organ

BERLIOZ Introduction & Love Scene from Romeo & Juliet
POULENC  Concerto for Organ, Timpani & Strings
SAINT-SAËNS  Symphony No. 3 “Organ”

Romeo & Juliet is history’s greatest love story – experience the passion and drama of it live in this concert. Then, Jeffrey Brillhart, the small-town Iowa boy who studied at Drake University with our own Carl Staplin and grew up to be one of the world’s most prominent organists and also soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, takes his seat at the king of instruments in performances that will amaze and inspire.

Exclusive Sponsor: The Symphony’s Healthcare Circle

Visit http://dmsymphony.org/orchestra/concerts-and-events/ for more information.

Bria Skonberg Quintet

March 26, 2016 - 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm at Sheslow Auditorium
2507 University Ave

Canadian native Bria Skonberg has set the New York jazz scene on fire following her arrival in 2010. This young talent, best known for her mastery of classic jazz trumpet, swept the 2014 Hot House Jazz Magazine Awards in all categories nominated – Best Jazz Artist, Best Trumpet, Best Female Vocalist and Best Group for the Bria Skonberg Quartet – and was identified by the Jazz Journalists’ Association as an Up and Coming Jazz Artist of the Year nominee.

Des Moines Symphony’s The Moldau, Don Juan & Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto

April 9, 2016 - 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm at Des Moines Civic Center
221 Walnut Street

Joseph Giunta, conducting
Charlie Albright, piano

STRAUSS  Don Juan
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3
SMETANA Music from Má Vlast (My Fatherland)
The High Castle; The Moldau; Sarka; From Bohemia’s Forests and Meadows

The mighty, soaring Moldau is so evocative that it has become one of the most famous melodies in all of music and the anthem of Czech culture. Pianist Charlie Albright has been described by The Washington Post as “among the most gifted musicians of his generation,” and he makes his Des Moines Symphony debut in Beethoven’s passionate C Minor Piano Concerto.

Guest Artist Sponsor: The Symphony’s Legal Circle

Visit http://dmsymphony.org/orchestra/concerts-and-events/ for more information.

Des Moines Symphony’s The Moldau, Don Juan & Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto

April 10, 2016 - 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm at Des Moines Civic Center
221 Walnut Street

Joseph Giunta, conducting
Charlie Albright, piano

STRAUSS  Don Juan
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3
SMETANA Music from Má Vlast (My Fatherland)
The High Castle; The Moldau; Sarka; From Bohemia’s Forests and Meadows

The mighty, soaring Moldau is so evocative that it has become one of the most famous melodies in all of music and the anthem of Czech culture. Pianist Charlie Albright has been described by The Washington Post as “among the most gifted musicians of his generation,” and he makes his Des Moines Symphony debut in Beethoven’s passionate C Minor Piano Concerto.

Guest Artist Sponsor: The Symphony’s Legal Circle

Visit http://dmsymphony.org/orchestra/concerts-and-events/ for more information.

Des Moines Symphony’s Season Finale: All Tchaikovsky

May 22, 2016 - 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm at Des Moines Civic Center
221 Walnut Street

Joseph Giunta, conducting
Simone Porter, violin

TCHAIKOVSKY  Capriccio Italien
TCHAIKOVSKY  Violin Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY  Symphony No. 5

Our All-Tchaikovsky Season Finale opens with the full dynamic force of the Orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s riveting and festive Capriccio Italien. The brilliant, young violinist Simone Porter’s playing has been described as “dynamic” and “impassioned,” and she makes her Des Moines debut in the famous and romantic Violin Concerto in D Major. The program, which concludes with the composer’s Symphony No. 5, will be long-remembered as one of Des Moines’s most beautiful and dramatic nights of music.

Visit http://dmsymphony.org/orchestra/concerts-and-events/ for more information.

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