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Address: 221 Walnut St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2104
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Mussorgsky is wonderful!

Mussorgsky is one of my favorite composers, for both his intensity and variety in instrumentation. Hearing his work in this setting was a phenomenal experience. I'm glad I came... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Tasha J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Mussorgsky is one of my favorite composers, for both his intensity and variety in instrumentation. Hearing his work in this setting was a phenomenal experience. I'm glad I came back for another show, and will continue to return in the future--the Des Moines Symphony is a hidden gem in a city that doesn't usually come to mind when you think... More 

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Ames
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

We have spent the last three New Year Eves with the Des Moines Symphony and will probably make it a annual outing with a pre concert dinner at "Spalsh" across the street from the Civic Center. Des Moines is fortunate to have this first class Symphony playing in a beautiful packed House each year on this night! The guest artist... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Ever since I can remember, I've wanted to hear a live rendition of a Wagner piece. Today was our first time at the Des Moines Symphony, and the Overture to The Flying Dutchman is one of the most fabulous things I have ever heard. Maestro Giunta does such an excellent job--he used to come and bring a few musicians to... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2015

How does a city as small as Des Moines have a treasure like the Des Moines Symphony? It is truly incredible, and so few people know that so much talent and ability is here! The recent combination of Tony award winner, Audra McDonald, combined with the symphony made for a magical evening. I only wish more combinations like tonight's event... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2015

Whatever the Symphony plays, it will sound fabulous. Each performer puts so much of themselves into the show, you know you'll love it. The special New Year's show could not have been better...wonderful music accompanied by wonderful Cirque performers...perfection!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2015

Fabulous! I was invited by a friend. It was a combination of Cirque de Solei preformers and the Des Moines Symphony. I find the Symphony along kind of boring, but this was great!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2014

We have attended many events with the Des Moines Symphony. The musicians are fabulous and they mesh so well with all the special guest artists who come in to perform. It's not boring, it's enlightening. Try it -- (I highly recommend Yankee Doodle Pops, it's free!!)

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Indianola, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2014

The Des Moines Symphony is a treat and is wonderful for the Des Moines area. If you love symphony music, you will love the Des Moines Symphony at the beautiful Civic Center in Downtown Des Moines.

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Des Moines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2014

Des Moines is a hidden gem of culture, and the symphony is one of those secret treasures. The instrumentalists are seasoned professionals, adept at many schools of music: classical, baroque, romantic, and contemporary. The conductor truly understands music theory and creates a well rounded performance. Ticket prices are actually fairly reasonable, too, especially for a symphony.

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Indianola, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed the Des Moines Symphony's performance of George and Ira Gershwin's music. What a great evening. The symphony is very good - great sound. They worked great with the visiting performers. The use of the large video screen - showing pictures of the Gershwins and showing the keyboard skills of the pianist was great. It was a great... More 

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