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Des Moines Symphony – Season Finale – Rhapsody In Blue

Des Moines Symphony – Season Finale – Rhapsody In Blue

J. STRAUSS, Jr.  Voices of Spring Waltz

SHOSTAKOVICH  Piano Concerto No. 2

GERSHWIN  Rhapsody in Blue

RAVEL  La Valse

Joseph Giuntaconducting
Charlie Albright, piano

Season Finale! The final program of our 80th Season begins with the swirling music of the waltz king, Johann Strauss, Jr., and ends with Ravel’s brilliantly colored take on the music of Strauss, La Valse. But first, our season of ‘Music in Motion’ concludes as award-winning pianist Charlie Albright returns to play George Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue. Abright’s artistry and passion will bring you to your feet as our season reaches its exciting conclusion.

Des Moines Symphony – Season Finale – Rhapsody In Blue

Des Moines Symphony – Season Finale – Rhapsody In Blue

J. STRAUSS, Jr.  Voices of Spring Waltz

SHOSTAKOVICH  Piano Concerto No. 2

GERSHWIN  Rhapsody in Blue

RAVEL  La Valse

Joseph Giuntaconducting
Charlie Albright, piano

Season Finale! The final program of our 80th Season begins with the swirling music of the waltz king, Johann Strauss, Jr., and ends with Ravel’s brilliantly colored take on the music of Strauss, La Valse. But first, our season of ‘Music in Motion’ concludes as award-winning pianist Charlie Albright returns to play George Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue. Abright’s artistry and passion will bring you to your feet as our season reaches its exciting conclusion.

Des Moines Symphony – Beyond the Score – Elgar’s Enigma Variations

Des Moines Symphony – Beyond the Score – Elgar’s Enigma Variations

ELGAR  Enigma Variations

Joseph Giunta, conducting
Beyond the Score – In Collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Gerard McBurney, Creative Director

Martha Gilmer, Executive Producer

The great English composer Edward Elgar wrote his much-loved Enigma Variations to depict “friends pictured within,” but the titular enigma is an unplayed “theme” that Elgar often hinted at but never revealed. This Beyond the Score® performance delves into the special personalities of those closest to Elgar in an acclaimed multi-media presentation created by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and brought to life by actors and live theatre. After intermission, the Des Moines Symphony performs the complete Enigma Variations, including the sublime “Nimrod” variation.

Des Moines Symphony – Beyond the Score – Elgar’s Enigma Variations

Des Moines Symphony – Beyond the Score – Elgar’s Enigma Variations

ELGAR  Enigma Variations

Joseph Giunta, conducting
Beyond the Score – In Collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Gerard McBurney, Creative Director

Martha Gilmer, Executive Producer

The great English composer Edward Elgar wrote his much-loved Enigma Variations to depict “friends pictured within,” but the titular enigma is an unplayed “theme” that Elgar often hinted at but never revealed. This Beyond the Score® performance delves into the special personalities of those closest to Elgar in an acclaimed multi-media presentation created by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and brought to life by actors and live theatre. After intermission, the Des Moines Symphony performs the complete Enigma Variations, including the sublime “Nimrod” variation.

Des Moines Symphony – Apotheosis Of The Dance

Des Moines Symphony – Apotheosis Of The Dance

Augusta Read THOMAS  BRIO for Orchestra (2018 World Premiere)

BEETHOVEN  Piano Concerto No. 1

BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 7

Joseph Giuntaconducting
Christopher O’Rileypiano

From beginning to end, it is among the most beloved symphonies ever written. Wagner called Beethoven’s celebratory Seventh Symphony “the apotheosis of the dance.” Experience its sheer joy and rhythmic energy as we continue our 80th Season, ‘Music in Motion.’ But first, pianist and host of NPR’s ‘From the Top’ Christopher O’Riley returns to Des Moines for a bravura performance of Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto. The vigor and grandeur of Beethoven’s spirited composition will uplift and inspire.

Des Moines Symphony – Apotheosis Of The Dance

Des Moines Symphony – Apotheosis Of The Dance

Augusta Read THOMAS  BRIO for Orchestra (2018 World Premiere)

BEETHOVEN  Piano Concerto No. 1

BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 7

Joseph Giuntaconducting
Christopher O’Rileypiano

From beginning to end, it is among the most beloved symphonies ever written. Wagner called Beethoven’s celebratory Seventh Symphony “the apotheosis of the dance.” Experience its sheer joy and rhythmic energy as we continue our 80th Season, ‘Music in Motion.’ But first, pianist and host of NPR’s ‘From the Top’ Christopher O’Riley returns to Des Moines for a bravura performance of Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto. The vigor and grandeur of Beethoven’s spirited composition will uplift and inspire.

Des Moines Symphony – Stravinsky’s Petrouchka

Des Moines Symphony – Stravinsky’s Petrouchka

ELGAR  In the South

SIBELIUS  Violin Concerto in D Minor

STRAVINSKY  Petrouchka

Christopher Seaman, guest conducting
Simone Porterviolin

 

English conductor Christopher Seaman is renowned for his long and distinguished career leading orchestras here and abroad. At the invitation of Joseph Giunta, he leads the Symphony in Petrouchka. You’ll hear the strains of Russian folk songs and dazzling melodies in this historic collaboration between Stravinsky and Diaghilev at the Ballet Russes. But first, violinist Simone Porter returns to Des Moines by popular demand to play Sibelius’s brilliant, impassioned Violin Concerto. Her rendition of this virtuosic work will take your breath away.

Des Moines Symphony – Stravinsky’s Petrouchka

Des Moines Symphony – Stravinsky’s Petrouchka

ELGAR  In the South

SIBELIUS  Violin Concerto in D Minor

STRAVINSKY  Petrouchka

Christopher Seaman, guest conducting
Simone Porterviolin

 

English conductor Christopher Seaman is renowned for his long and distinguished career leading orchestras here and abroad. At the invitation of Joseph Giunta, he leads the Symphony in Petrouchka. You’ll hear the strains of Russian folk songs and dazzling melodies in this historic collaboration between Stravinsky and Diaghilev at the Ballet Russes. But first, violinist Simone Porter returns to Des Moines by popular demand to play Sibelius’s brilliant, impassioned Violin Concerto. Her rendition of this virtuosic work will take your breath away.

Des Moines Symphony – Invitation to the Dance

Des Moines Symphony – Invitation to the Dance

WEBER  Invitation to the Dance

BRUCH  Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor

RACHMANINOFF  Symphonic Dances

Joseph Giuntaconducting
Jennifer Frautschiviolin

 

Joseph Giunta and the Des Moines Symphony open our 80th Season, ‘Music in Motion,’ with Weber’s graceful, vivacious Invitation to the Dance. Two-time GRAMMY nominee Jennifer Frautschi makes her triumphant return to Des Moines for a richly textured performance of Bruch’s beloved First Violin Concerto. Rachmaninoff’s final work, the brilliantly scored Symphonic Dances, ends our Season Debut in a blaze of whirling, lavish melodies.