The next time you head to the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park, don’t let your eyes have all the fun. The Des Moines Symphony, in cooperation with the Des Moines Art Center, now offers free cellphone tours of “Symphony in Sculpture,” a 30-minute musical celebration of nine Sculpture Park pieces. The symphony commissioned the piece to mark the orchestra’s 75th season in 2012-13.
The cellphone tour begins with Emmy Award-winning composer Steve Heitzeg introducing his work and includes his comments after each movement. Access the tour by calling 515-657-8264. Then, enter the stop number as indicated by the music note on the sculpture plaque or on this handy Des Moines Art Center guide. You can hear the complete “Symphony in Sculpture” at stop 823.
You also can buy a DVD of the work, including an original film by Blur MediaWorks, a behind-the-scenes documentary and a 24-page booklet, from the symphony here or at the Art Center’s gift shop (and museum stores nationwide).