October 4, 2019 Friday | 11:15 AM | Uihlein Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
October 5, 2019 Saturday | 8:00 PM | Uihlein Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
October 6, 2019 Saturday | 2:30 PM | Uihlein Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
FALLA Nights in the Gardens of Spain for Piano and Orchestra
BIZET Selections from Carmen
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Capriccio espagnol, Opus 34
Jun Märkl, conductor
Jorge Federico Osorio, piano
October 4, 2019 Friday | 11:15 AM | Uihlein Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
October 12, 2019 Saturday | 7:30 PM | Des Moines Civic Center
October 13, 2019 Sunday | 2:30 PM | Des Moines Civic Center
MUSSORGSKY/RIMSKY-KORSAKOV A Night on Bald Mountain
Steve HEITZEG Suite from Symphony in Sculpture I, II & III
Joseph Guinta, conductor
Heartland Youth Choir - Sandy Miller, Director
November 30, 2019 Saturday | 7:30 PM | Des Moines Civic Center
December 1, 2019 Sunday | 1:30 PM | Des Moines Civic Center
John Beal, conductor
A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to picture by the Des Moines Symphony. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who’s accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves. Hilarious and heart-warming, Home Alone is holiday fun for the entire family!
December 14, 2019 | 2:00PM | Peoria Civic Center
December 14, 2019 | 7:30 PM | Peoria Civic Center
December 15, 2019 | 2:00 PM | Peoria Civic Center
The Nutcracker presented by the Peoria Ballet and Heartland Festival Orchestra
September 20, 2019 Friday | 11:15 AM | Uihlein Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
September 21, 2019 Saturday | 8:00 PM | Uihlein Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
KAIJA SAARIAHO Ciel d’hiver
SIBELIUS Concerto in D minor for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 47
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Opus 36
Ken-David Masur, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin
September 13, 2019 Friday | 8:00 PM | Uihlein Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
September 14, 2019 Saturday | 8:00 PM | Uihlein Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
September 15, 2019 Saturday | 2:30 PM | Uihlein Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
WAGNER Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
SCHUMANN Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 54
DETLEV GLANERT Brahms-Fantasie, Heliogravure for orchestra
STRAUSS Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, Opus 59
Ken-David Masur, conductor
Nicolas Namoradze, piano
June 2, 2019 Sunday | 10:00 AM | Cafe Sopra Mare, Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum
Enjoy coffee and pastries with a view, while listening to music for flute and harp.
Program includes works by:
Charles Rochester Young
May 18, 2019 Saturday | 7:30 pm | Des Moines Civic Center
May 19, 2019 Sunday | 2:30 pm | Des Moines Civic Center
Our season-long celebration of Leonard Bernstein culminates in his iconic, belovedWest Side Story. But first, Maestro Joseph Giunta pays a personal tribute with Rossini’s Overture to Italian in Algiers, a piece he studied with Bernstein. Virtuoso violinist Philippe Quint joins the Orchestra to play Korngold’s lush Violin Concerto, then the evening concludes with Respighi’s Pines of Rome. A stunning blaze of brass will bring you to your feet as our season reaches its thrilling conclusion.
SAINT-SAËNS Fantaisie for Violin and Harp
BERLIOZ L’enfance du Christ – Trio des Ismaelites
HARRISONThe Perilous Chapel
Linda Pfund Swanson, violin
Alyssa Griggs, flute
Sonja Giles, flute
Yoo-Jung Chang, cello
Erin Brooker-Miller, harp
Aaron Williams, percussion
Spotlight at the Temple is an exciting new concert experience curated by Des Moines Symphony musicians and performed in a unique, intimate atmosphere. Grab a cocktail and experience our musical artistry up close and personal as our musicians take center stage – with a few surprises along the way.
6:30pm Doors open
7:30pm Spotlight at the Temple
$15 – General Admission: cocktail tables (standing) or row seating
$40 – VIP Reserved: cabaret table seating and a complimentary drink ticket
May 11, 2019 Saturday | 7:30 pm | Des Moines Civic Center
With stunning voices and booming Broadway careers, award-winning Broadway superstars Megan Hilty and Brian Stokes Mitchell bring fresh insight to a program of timeless standards and unforgettable songs, including music from Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and much more. Darlings of the Broadway scene, Hilty and Mitchell have each carved out a niche for their immense talents. Don’t miss this unforgettable evening with two of Broadway’s brightest stars!
May 1, 2019 Wednesday | 12:15 PM | Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
In February 2002 the Wednesday Noon Concert Series was begun. For the most part, each Wednesday year round half-hour concerts take place between 12:15 and 12:45. A variety of performers, including choir, guitar, cello, piano, organ, voice, string trio, harp and others, provide a mid-day respite to downtown workers and guests. Though a freewill offering is taken, there is no charge to attend the concerts. The Wednesday Noon Concert Series is the only on-going series of its kind in the Greater Milwaukee area.
April 27, 2019 Saturday | 7:30 pm | Des Moines Civic Center
April 28, 2019 Sunday | 2:30 pm | Des Moines Civic Center
SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture
BERNSTEIN Chichester Psalms
GERSHWIN Music from Porgy & Bess
Iowa native and internationally-renowned singer Simon Estes has filled opera houses from New York City to Paris and beyond. Now, experience his powerful voice in person as Simon performs selections from Gershwin’s beloved Porgy & Bess with the Des Moines Symphony. This special concert also features Luther College’s celebrated Nordic Choir singing Bernstein’s choral masterpiece Chichester Psalms, but first, the breathtaking joy of Shostakovich’s brilliant, colorful Festive Overture.
April 4, 2019 Saturday | 7:30 pm | Orpheum Theatre
2019 Composer of the Year World Premiere
BATES Alternative Energy
STRUASS Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30
Ryan Haskins, Conducting
Mason Bates, Guest Artist
Sasha Cooke, Guest Artist
Hilary Purrington, Guest Artist
The Symphony welcomes back Musical America’s 2017 Composer of the Year, composer/DJ Mason Bates for a tradition-filled concert on April 6th. Alternative Energy, an ‘energy symphony’ spanning four movements and hundreds of years, while highlighting many symphonic and electronic effects performed, cued, and integrated by Mason Bates who will be seated in front of his MacBook on stage. The program will then focus on one of Mason’s more provocative works, Passage, for mezzo-soprano, orchestra, and laptop. Famed mezzo Sasha Cooke will join the Symphony for this performance. Commissioned to commemorate the centennial of John F. Kennedy, the work examines the theme of American exploration through the visionary words of Walt Whitman and actual recorded fragments of JFK’s “moonshot” speech. The 50th Anniversary of the moon landing is celebrated in 2019. This performance will end with Richard Strauss’ classic, Also Sprach Zarathustra. The opening is one of the most recognizable musical excerpts in history, famously used at the start of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. This grand style climax brings the Orchestra full circle, as they end their incredible season as they began - in space.
March 16, 2019 Saturday | 7:30 pm | Des Moines Civic Center
March 17, 2019 Sunday | 2:30 pm | Des Moines Civic Center
Peter BOYER Suite from Ellis Island: The Dream of America
GERSHWIN Concerto in F
DVORAK Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”
Experience Dvorak’s masterful Ninth Symphony in a concert celebrating the journey to the New World. First, our nation’s immigrant heritage is brought to vivid life in Ellis Island: The Dream of America, an ambitious new work which blends theatre, narration, historical images, and music to portray immigrants in search of the American dream. Next, celebrated pianist Anne-Marie McDermott plays Gershwin’s uniquely American, jazz-infused Concerto in F. Finally, Dvorak’s famed “New World” Symphony features the evocative sounds of his own American journey.
March 12, 2019 Tuesday | 6:30 PM | Des Moines Public Library - Franklin Avenue
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with an evening of Irish harp music, performed by Erin Brooker-Miller. As a representative of the United States, Erin has competed and won numerous awards at All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoils, the highest level traditional Irish music competition held annually in Ireland. She is the Principal Harpist of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra and Executive Director of the USA International Harp Competition
February 16, 2019 Saturday | 7:30 pm | Des Moines Civic Center
February 17, 2019 Sunday | 2:30 pm | Des Moines Civic Center
BERNSTEIN Divertimento for Orchestra
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 2
John Nelson, guest conducting
Roman Rabinovich, piano
For five years, the Des Moines Symphony’s guest conductor program has attracted an impressive slate of prestigious musical leaders from the United States and abroad. Now at the invitation of Joseph Giunta, the Des Moines Symphony welcomes celebrated conductor John Nelson to lead the Orchestra in a program that features the Des Moines debut of Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovich. You’ll hear Bernstein’s witty Divertimento, a celebration of American dance dedicated to the Boston Symphony, and Schumann’s expressive Symphony No. 2. But first, Rabinovich’s bravura performance of Prokofiev’s jazz-infused, lyrical Third Piano Concerto will take your breath away.
January 25, 2019 Friday | 7:30 pm | Des Moines Civic Center
January 26, 2019 Saturday | 1:30 pm | Des Moines Civic Center
January 26, 2019 Saturday | 7:30 pm | Des Moines Civic Center
Cars fly, trees fight back, and monsters are on the loose in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! This concert features the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in high-definition, on a giant screen, while the Des Moines Symphony performs John Williams’ unforgettable score. Relive every magical moment as the music brings life to a story that has enchanted the world.
HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s18)
January 12, 2019 Saturday | 1:00 pm | Des Moines Civic Center
Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood is a new creation by critically acclaimed Brooklyn-based production company Giants Are Small, giving an invigorating new perspective on Prokofiev's classic. The live production is an unforgettable journey of classical music and visual wonder, with a narrator and the musicians of the Des Moines Symphony creating all the sound effects on stage. The production is based on the award-winning app and album co-produced by Deutsche Grammophon.
Prokofiev's tale is set in modern-day Los Angeles and anchored with a thrilling prequel that is set off when the wolf escapes from the local zoo. Peter is swept up in an exciting adventure that includes the building of a giant robot, a whirlwind helicopter chase, and a moment of poignant introspection--all before he enters the forbidden meadow where he finally captures the wolf. The prequel features excerpts of some of the greatest classical music ever written and leads seamlessly into Prokofiev's complete original score.
January 6, 2019 Sunday | 9:00 am | Morning Service - Selections from Britten’s Ceremony of Carols
January 6, 2019 Sunday | 11:15 am | Morning Service - Selections from Britten’s Ceremony of Carols
January 6, 2019 Sunday | 4:00 pm | Concert
BRITTEN Ceremony of Carols
GRANDJANY Aria in Classic Style
A SEQUENCE OF READINGS & CAROLS FOR EPIPHANY
Benjamin Britten’s magical A Ceremony of Carols for harp and upper voices serves as the backbone of this service, mixed with readings and scripture marking the birth of Jesus and the visit of the Magi to the manger in Bethlehem. Harpist Erin Brooker-Miller joins us for this service performing Grandjany’s Aria in Classic Style with organ.
Holiday Tea is a treasured past time soaked in history at Palm Court. Enjoy Holiday Tea this holiday season with sips of French tea and decadent pastry tiers while enjoying the festive sounds of the 12 Days of Christmas Carolers and a harpist.
Holiday Tea Schedule
Seating available between 1pm-4:30pm, every half hour
November 1-9 | November 12-16 | November 19-22
Seating available from 11am-5pm, every half hour
November 10-11 | November 17-18 | November 23-January 13
November 30, 2018 Friday | 7:30 pm | Wauwatosa East High School Dale K. Hidde Theatre
December 1, 2018 Saturday | 7:30 pm | Wauwatosa East High School Dale K. Hidde Theatre
December 2, 2018 Sunday | 2:00 pm | Wauwatosa East High School Dale K. Hidde Theatre
December 7, 2018 Friday | 7:30 pm| Wauwatosa East High School Dale K. Hidde Theatre
December 8, 2018 Saturday | 7:30 pm| Wauwatosa East High School Dale K. Hidde Theatre
December 9, 2018 Sunday | 2:00 pm | Wauwatosa East High School Dale K. Hidde Theatre
Peter Pan, Broadway's timeless classic musical, whisks you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up! Join Peter, Wendy, and all of your favorite characters on a magical adventure through Neverland as we face the evil Captain Hook and his bumbling band of pirates, explore the mermaid's lagoon and meet Tiger Lily and her fearsome warriors! This joyful celebration of youth reminds us of the power of imagination and the importance of play.
November 17, 2018 Saturday | 7:30 pm | Des Moines Civic Center
November 18, 2018 Sunday | 2:30 pm | Des Moines Civic Center
On November 14, 1943, Leonard Bernstein made one of the most dramatic debuts in Carnegie Hall’s history when he stepped in at the last minute to conduct the New York Philharmonic for Bruno Walter. With no time for a rehearsal, the 25 year-old Bernstein led the orchestra through its program of Schumann, Rósza, Strauss, and Wagner. The concert, broadcast nationwide by CBS Radio, was a stunning success. Bernstein became famous overnight — and was immediately on his way to becoming one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century. In this special concert, Joseph Giunta and the Des Moines Symphony, along with virtuoso cellist Julian Schwarz, recreate Bernstein’s historic 1943 broadcast as accompanying visuals and multimedia tell the story of the concert that launched the career of America’s most famous classical musician.
October 27, 2018 Saturday | 7:30 pm | Des Moines Civic Center
October 28, 2018 Sunday | 2:30 pm | Des Moines Civic Center
BERNSTEIN Three Dances from On the Town
BERNSTEIN Prelude, Fugue & Riffs
MOZART Flute & Harp Concerto
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 1
Joseph Giunta, conducting
Gregory Oakes, clarinet
Kayla Burggraf, flute
Erin Brooker-Miller, harp
Our 81st Season, ‘Giunta Celebrates Bernstein,’ continues with Leonard Bernstein’s first musical – On the Town. His rhythmic, energetic valentine to New York comes to life in a colorful program that features three of the Des Moines Symphony’s principal musicians as soloists – first in Bernstein’s jazz-inflected clarinet showpiece Prelude, Fugue and Riffs, then in Mozart’s sparkling, elegant Flute & Harp Concerto. After intermission, listen as Sibelius’s rich, melodic First Symphony conjures the wintry landscape of his native Finland.
A family affair, Goodfoot is a traditional Irish trio of Brennan Brooker on fiddle, Erin Brooker-Miller on harp, and Andy Miller on bodhran.
Join the trio for an traditional Irish session at the Iron Post!
October 5, 2018 Friday | 7:30 pm | Northwestern Nazarene University Brandt Center, Nampa, ID
October 6, 2018 Saturday | 7:30 pm | The Morrison Center, Boise , ID
BERNSTEIN Overture to Candide
BERNSTEIN Chichester Psalms
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5 in E Minor
Eric Garcia, conducting
Sam Fritz, boy soprano
Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale
Eric Garcia leads the Phil in a celebration of Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday!
We celebrate the iconic and larger-than-life American composer Leonard Bernstein in his centennial year with his cherished Overture to Candide, crackling with energy and tender in tone. Based on sacred texts, Bernstein's three-movement masterpiece Chichester Psalms, which will feature the Boise Phil Master Chorale, showcases Bernstein's signature exuberant rhythms and haunting melodies. Tchaikovsky's dramatic and emotional Symphony No. 5 takes us on a journey through sorrow, courage and triumph.
September 22, 2018 Saturday | 7:30 pm | Des Moines Civic Center
September 23, 2018 Sunday | 2:30 pm | Des Moines Civic Center
BERNSTEIN Overture to Candide
BEETHOVEN “Emperor” Concerto
MAHLER Symphony No. 1, “The Titan”
Joseph Guinta, conducting
Inon Barnatan, piano
Joseph Giunta’s 30th Anniversary Season begins with the music that launched his career at the Des Moines Symphony – Mahler’s virtuosic “Titan” Symphony. Inon Barnatan, called “one of the most admired pianists of his generation” by the New York Times, makes his Des Moines debut playing Beethoven’s iconic “Emperor” Concerto. But first, the Symphony’s 81st Season, ‘Giunta Celebrates Bernstein,’ opens with one of Leonard Bernstein’s most beloved works – the witty, effervescent Candide Overture.
A live performative reading of a selection of fictional letters along with music from Rebecca Holderness and Andy Miller’s installation in Look Here!. Look Here! is a collaboration between the UWM Libraries and artists from RedLine Milwaukee and the UWM Peck School of the Arts. Organized by Ann Hanlon, Marc Tasman, and Max Yela, the project asks artists to create works that reimagine, transform, and engage with the Libraries' unique archival, special, and digital collections in ways that bring new light and creative perspectives to these rare and unique materials.
More information about Look Here! is available on the UW-Milwaukee Digital Collections webpage: https://uwmdigitalcollections.blogspot.com/2017/09/the-look-here-project-interview-with.html.
The recorded instillation version of the letters can be heard in person at the museum until September 16, 2018 or online at https://soundcloud.com/sopramare.
R. WAGNER - Lohengrin, Act 2
R. WAGNER - Die Walküre, Act 2
Michael Rossi, conducting
Antoine Wagner, Die Walküre director
Marc Callahan, Lohengrin director
Through innovations focused on technology, the Miami Music Festival’s Wagner Institute advances the famed German composer Richard Wagner’s legacy of using an opera’s theatrics as part of the “total art.” This season, the festival has a special surprise for audiences as Wagner’s great, great grandson, Antoine Wagner, makes his directorial debut in the halls of the New World Symphony.
Wagner will create the concept, set design and direction for Act II of Die Walküre. Die Walküre brings Norse mythology to the stage with the continuance of Wagner’s 4-opera saga, The Ring. The second opera in the cycle, Die Walküre deals with the difficult relationship between gods and mortals as the main characters struggle with their pride in order to decide the ultimate destiny of mortals. Famous Bass Baritone Alan Held returns as Wotan and Long Time Wagnerian Soprano Linda Watson joins the cast of participants as Brunhilde.
Following Die Walküre is yet another epic Wagner episode, Act II of Lohengrin. Based on an old German legend, Lohengrin tells the story of a mysterious knight who appears by way of a magic swan boat. The enchanted story intertwines love and death with magical transformations and legendary quests.
Celebrate the 4th of July with the MMF Orchestra!
Capture the uniquely American spirit with music from Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring. Listen as Tchaikovsky’s bombastic 1812 Overture, movie music from John Williams, Stars and Stripes, and other patriotic favorites round out a fun evening of orchestral hits sure to please the whole family. Plus, rock out to 80s and 90s classic rock, with Michelle Kim on electric violin with the Miami Music Festival Orchestra.
After the concert, head over to Miami Shores Village to see the fireworks. at 9 PM.
R. STRUASS - Ariadne auf Naxos
Bradley Moore, conducting
Comedy and music are beautifully intertwined in Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss. Taking place in 18th century Vienna, one very serious group of opera singers is juxtaposed against a group of comedians, leading to an entertaining evening of unplanned performances and a love story in this opera-within-an-opera.