New Des Moines Symphony concert series coming to Water Works Park
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Central Iowans can catch a "Hamilton" star and favorite songs from movie scores this summer at Des Moines' newest music venue.
The Des Moines Symphony has announced its new Water Works Pops series, which provides free, outdoor concerts at the newly constructed Lauridsen Amphitheater at Water Works Park.
Tony and Grammy Award-winning artist Renée Elise Goldsberry — who played Angelica Schuyler in the smash hit "Hamilton" — will kick off the series on July 14 with a night of Broadway, pop and soul music followed by a fireworks display.
The symphony will then celebrate John Williams' iconic film compositions on July 28, when they bring the music from "Harry Potter," "Star Wars" and other films to life under the direction of Joseph Giunta.
Guests can pack their picnic blankets or lawn chairs and buy food and drinks from vendors at the concert.
For those looking to up their experience, VIP access offers premium seating along with snacks and a drink voucher. The Patron Package offers additional benefits such as a catered dinner, early access to seating and reserved parking.
Upgraded tickets are available on the Des Moines Symphony website.
Yankee Doodle Pops, the symphony's beloved Fourth of July special, returns July 3 to the steps of the Iowa State Capitol.
The symphony series helps to fill out the new amphitheater's summer lineup, which includes previously announced acts the Struts with the Glorious Sons on July 15; the Flaming Lips with Claypool Lennon Delirium on July 24; and Ben Folds with Violent Femmes on Aug. 15.
If you go: Water Works Pops
Renée Elise Goldsberry: 7:30 p.m., July 14, Lauridsen Amphitheater
A John Williams Spectacular: 7:30 p.m., July 28, Lauridsen Amphitheater