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Des Moines Symphony Performs Livestreamed Season Finale, Fantaisie en Français


The Des Moines Symphony performs the eighth and final livestreamed concert in its 2020-2021 “Live from the Temple” series, Fantaisie en Français, on Thursday, May 13 at 7 p.m.

Marianna Martines wrote over 200 works and performed with Mozart; her Sinfonia in C Major opens the Symphony’s season finale with rhythmic vitality and flowing melodies. Written more than a century later, Grieg’s Baroque-inspired Holberg Suite echoes the sparkling, delightful music of an earlier time. Principal Flutist James Blanchard is featured as soloist in Gluck’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits and Faure’s expressive, virtuosic Fantaisie. The “Dean of African-American Composers,” William Grant Still’s Tamborito and Cumbia y Congo from his Danzas de Panama were inspired by the vibrant, percussive musical influences of African slaves in Panama. The concert concludes in grand fashion with the Allegro from Mozart’s brilliant, thrilling “Paris Symphony.”

Filmed at the Temple for Performing Arts and broadcast live at, these concerts feature a reduced-size orchestra spaced appropriately to ensure musician safety. Each broadcast includes special interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, along with a post-concert interview with Maestro Joseph Giunta.

Streaming concert passes are $20 per household; each includes a link and access code for one device. Ticketholders can watch these livestreamed concerts on a Smart TV, a laptop, or even on a phone, and can replay them for 30 days after the live broadcast.

Symphony patrons can sign up for “dinner & a show” by adding specially selected dinner and wine pairings when purchasing concert tickets. The full menu from Aposto is available on the Symphony’s website and can be ordered through 5 p.m. on Monday, May 10.

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The concert broadcast begins at 6:30 p.m. with a video Concert Prelude Talk; the concert will begin at 7 p.m. More information, including streaming FAQs and a digital program book, can be found on


Teachers and healthcare workers can reserve complimentary streaming passes to access a livestreamed Des Moines Symphony concert of their choice; nonprofits and community organizations can also apply for free access to share the Symphony’s livestreamed concerts with the communities they serve. Those eligible can find more details and apply online at


The concert will be preceded by a full week of online programming including classes, virtual social events, prelude talks, and more, including restaurant and bar partnerships. The concert week schedule includes the following events:

Sun, May 9 at 7 p.m.: Symphony with a Twist (Maestro’s Circle Exclusive)
Members of the Maestro’s Circle are invited to join us for our virtual donor lounge – Symphony with a Twist!

Tue, May 11 at 7 p.m.: ReMix (Free)
This fun and free event combines a live beer tasting class from Confluence with music-themed team trivia over Zoom.

Wed, May 12 at 6:30 p.m.: Classical Conversations ($15)
Go inside the music in this informative and entertaining online class. Add on optional wine + cheese pairings from The Cheese Shop.

Thu, May 13 at 7 p.m.: Fantaisie en Français ($20)
Principal Flutist James Blanchard is featured as soloist in Gluck’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits and Faure’s expressive, virtuosic Fantaisie. The concert begins with Marianna Martines and ends with Mozart – plus, William Grant Still’s Danzas de Panama. Tune in at 6:30PM for our Concert Prelude Talk, or add on a dinner box or wine pairings from Aposto to join us for dinner and a show.

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