Friday, Sep. 21, 2012 6:06 pm

Grinnell, IA - [[{"fid":"5181","view_mode":"media_original","type":"media","attributes":{"height":155,"width":225,"style":"width: 225px; height: 155px; float: right;","alt":"orchestraciviccenterinside.jpg","class":"media-element file-media-original"}}]]The Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, central Iowa's largest and most professional performing arts producing organization, will perform on Monday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Herrick Chapel on the Grinnell College campus.

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.

Tickets are required for this free public performance and may be obtained at the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts box office, beginning Wed., Sept. 26, noon to 5 p.m. A limited number of tickets are also available beginning at noon, Sept. 26, at the Pioneer Bookshop in downtown Grinnell. There is a two-ticket limit per person present at the box office. Phone reservations are not accepted. For more information on ticketing, please visit

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.

Herrick Chapel is located at 1128 Park St., with parking available along the street in front of the venue and in nearby parking lots. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Information on parking and accessibility is available on the college website, here.

Photo courtesy of Des Moines Symphony Orchestra