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Des Moines Symphony: Season Finale – Bernstein’s West Side Story

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May 18, 2019 Saturday | 7:30 pm | Des Moines Civic Center
May 19, 2019 Sunday | 2:30 pm | Des Moines Civic Center


ROSSINI  Overture to Italian in Algiers
KORNGOLD  Violin Concerto
BERNSTEIN  Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
RESPIGHI  Pines of Rome

Joseph Giuntaconducting
Philippe Quintviolin

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.