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Members of the Des Moines Symphony Low Brass take a ride on the DART D-Line for a performance for the Side Sessions music project. The performance coincides with the release of the Des Moines Symphony's 80th anniversary season, "Music in Motion." Michael Zamora and Brian Powers/Juice

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Strike a celebratory note, art appreciators, because the Des Moines Symphony announced Tuesday plans for 15-plus concerts as part of its 2019-20 musical season. 

The orchestra's 82nd season kicks off Sept. 21 with Grammy Award-winning violinist Gil Shaham joining the symphony to play Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Season highlights include a 10-year celebration of the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park, Antonin Dvorak's "Eighth Symphony" and a season finale featuring Tchaikovsky’s "Firebird." 

This year's programming includes "a certain slant towards romantic music," Des Moines Symphony maestro Joseph Giunta told the Register. "For the most part, people love this music because it has a beautiful melody. That’s how all those things kind of piece together." 

The Symphony performs a pair of free concerts at the to-be-opened Water Works Amphitheater, set to take place July 14 and July 28 on the Lauridsen Stage. 

Beloved Fourth of July special Yankee Doodle Pops returns July 3 to the steps of the Iowa State Capitol and the upcoming season continues the symphonic success to pairing popular cinema with celebrated scores as "Home Alone" comes to life Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the Civic Center. 

An intimate series curated by orchestra members, "Spotlight at the Temple," offers a chance for classical connoisseurs to see musicians play up close at the Temple Theater. 

Audiences love to have that behind-the-curtain look of what goes into all this," Giunta said. " It's a lot of fun for our musicians and a lot of appeal for our audiences." 

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Full season details, courtesy of the symphony: 

2019-20 Masterworks season 

  • Sept. 21 and 22: Gil Shaham Plays Tchaikovsky: Grammy award-winner and Musical America’s “Instrumentalist of the Year” Gil Shaham joins the Symphony for a thrilling all-Tchaikovsky Season Debut. 
  • Oct. 12 and 13: Symphony in Sculpture: The Des Moines Symphony celebrates the tenth anniversary of a cultural landmark with "Symphony in Sculpture" — plus, the thrilling adventure of Scheherazade.
  • Nov. 9 and 10: Grieg & Dvorak: Experience Dvorak’s sublime "Eighth Symphony," plus the brilliance and lyricism of Grieg’s "Piano Concerto" played to perfection by Jon Kimura Parker.
  • Feb. 8 and 9, 2020: Mendelssohn & Brahms: Rising star Grace Park plays Mendelssohn’s dazzling "Violin Concerto," then Peter Oundjian conducts Brahms' lush "Second Symphony" and the shimmering Rainbow Body. 
  • March 14 and 15, 2020: Carmina Burana" Orff’s spellbinding choral masterwork bursts to life as 200 voices join the Des Moines Symphony, plus Beethoven’s ebullient "Eighth Symphony" and Wagner’s tender "Siegfried Idyll."
  • April 18 and 19, 2020: April in Paris" Franco-Belgian sensation Camille Thomas joins the Symphony for a sparkling evocation of the "City of Lights," plus — Elgar’s searing, rhapsodic "Cello Concerto."
  • May 9 and 10, 2020: The Firebird: From the romantic thrill of Tchaikovsky’s "First Piano Concerto to the dazzling, colorful "Firebird."

2019-2020 Pops season 

  • Oct. 26: Havana Nights: Star soprano Camille Zamora and the Mambo Kings present a sultry, passionate and exciting evening of Latin rhythms. This hot evening of music includes orchestral and vocal selections from the Spanish Zarzuela period combined with the electrifying Afro Cuban rhythms of the Mambo Kings. 
  • Dec. 31 (New Year's Eve Pops): Cirque With The Symphony: With jaw-dropping feats of athletic prowess and gravity-defying acrobatics, Troupe Vertigo’s acrobats, aerialists, jugglers and more will take you on a spellbinding journey — all backed by the full orchestral power of the Des Moines Symphony.
  • April 4, 2020: Bernadette Peters in Concert: Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters has dazzled audiences and critics with her performances on stage and television, in concert, and on recordings. Don’t miss this unique chance to hear this legend live with the Des Moines Symphony. 

Holiday event

  • Nov. 30 and Dec. 1: 'Home Alone': A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to picture by the Des Moines Symphony. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who's accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves. 

Spotlight at the Temple 

  • Oct. 10, 2019 and April 14, 2020: An exciting new concert experience curated by Des Moines Symphony musicians and performed in a unique, intimate atmosphere.

Water Works Pops 

  • July 14 and July 28: Join the Des Moines Symphony in its inaugural season on the Lauridsen Stage at the brand-new Water Works Park Amphitheater for two family-friendly concerts. 

Concerts take place at the Des Moines Civic Center, unless noted otherwise. Season tickets can be purchased now via dmsymphony.org, by calling 515-246-2300 or in-person at the Civic Center box office (221 Walnut Street). Single-performance tickets plan to go on sale at a later date. 

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