Now in its 77th season, the Des Moines Symphony is a not-for-profit, full-service professional orchestra formed in 1937 to enrich, educate, and entertain the community by performing great orchestral music. The Des Moines Symphony is led by Music Director and Conductor Joseph Giunta and is Central Iowa’s largest and most-active, year-round professional performing arts producing organization.
Des Moines Performing Arts and the Des Moines Symphony are collaborating on a special event this February. Join us for Audra McDonald in Concert. Tickets are on sale now as an add-on to the Willis Broadway Series and the Des Moines Symphony’s season.
The Symphony Association supports the Symphony Academy and its numerous music education programs, including three youth orchestras at The Temple for Performing Arts, and supports the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, which performs seven pairs of Masterworks concerts, the annual New Year’s Eve Pops concert, education, outreach and family concerts, and other special events in its home at the Des Moines Civic Center.
The Des Moines Symphony also produces and performs the annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert in July on the grounds of the Iowa State Capitol, which last year attracted more than 100,000, the largest single day attendance of any concert event in the State.