When the Des Moines Symphony kicks off its newest season, astute ears will notice a difference in the way the music sounds. The Des Moines Civic Center has made a number of subtle changes to its stage and seating area with the goal of eliminating echos and noise, and creating a warmer, fuller sound for its symphony. Most noticeable will be the new wood veneer bandshell, but the changes also include increased cloth baffling along one wall and a change to the dampening material in the back of the theater as well. The result is increased acoustic fidelity, less reverb and warmer midtones.
This week’s Pick o’ the Week is at Lefty’s on Thursday, Oct. 1, when you can check out The Dawn Drapes, Pets With Human Names and Foxholes, all starting at 9 p.m. $5 at the door. Mahalo. CV
Chad Taylor is an award-winning news journalist and music writer from Des Moines who would love to take his talents abroad if the rent were not so much more affordable in Des Moines.