The Des Moines Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 75th anniversary season debut with the world premiere of a newly commissioned piece written by Minnesota composer Steve Heitzeg. In addition, "Prelude to Act III" from Lohengrin (1850) composed by Richard Wagner and "Scherherazade, Op. 35 (1888)" composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, as conducted by music director, Joseph Giunta, will also be performed.
Under the leadership of Joseph Giunta, the orchestra has offered a well-received, highly creative and diverse mix of programming and has commissioned and given the world premieres of 18 new works over the last 20 years. The Symphony and Giunta together received the League of American Orchestras prestigious ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming in recognition of their commitment to contemporary music.
The public events series brings top-name entertainers and performers from around the world to the College. Like most events at Grinnell, performances in the series are free.
Students looking for more entertainment can also catch comedienne Tracey Ashley on Oct. 5, sponsored by the Student Government Association’s All-Campus Events committee.
Tickets are required for the symphony, and may be obtained at the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts box office or the Pioneer Bookshop in downtown Grinnell. There is a two-ticket limit per person. Phone reservations are not accepted.