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Symphony in Sculpture Oct. 12-13


The Des Moines Symphony will perform its second program of the season, Symphony in Sculpture, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12 & 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Des Moines Civic Center (221 Walnut St., Des Moines).

Ten years ago, the John & Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park opened to the public, forever changing the cultural landscape of central Iowa. On Oct. 12 & 13, the Des Moines Symphony celebrates this artistic milestone with a suite from Symphony in Sculpture, originally commissioned by the Symphony to portray the sculptures in the park through music and film, and now updated to include three new additions to the Sculpture Park – including a musical evocation of Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE featuring the Heartland Youth Choir. The Symphony opens the concert with Mussorgsky’s unearthly tone poem A Night on Bald Mountain; then, after Symphony in Sculpture, the performance concludes with the exhilarating Scheherazade.

“We are so excited for the release of Symphony in Sculpture III, in conjunction with the 10th anniversary celebration of the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park,” said Des Moines Art Center Director Jeff Fleming. “These compositions and the accompanying film truly respond to our collection in a completely different format – it is a wonderful partnership that we deeply value and enjoy.”

These concerts mark the first time the Des Moines Symphony has collaborated with the Heartland Youth Choir on a World Premiere composition. “This will be a performance our singers will never forget,” said Sandy Miller, Artistic Director of Heartland Youth Choir. “Not only will they grow as musicians in working with amazing professionals like Maestro Guinta and composer Steve Heitzeg, but every time they pass by that sculpture in the heart of their community, they’ll relive that moment, that music, that message of LOVE.”

Single tickets are $15-$70 and are available online through (up until two hours prior to performances) and at the Civic Center Ticket Office (515.246.2300), 221 Walnut St., Des Moines. Single ticket prices are subject to a $5 increase on the day of the concert, excluding student rush tickets.

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Student tickets are $7.50-$36 and are available through the Civic Center Ticket Office with valid student ID. Student rush tickets, subject to availability, are $5 for junior high and high school students and $10 for all other students the day of the concert through the Civic Center Ticket Office. Tickets will be available at the door.

Joseph Giunta, conducting
Heartland Youth Choir
Sandy Miller, Director

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