Joseph Giunta, music director, is leading the Des Moines Symphony through a virtual 2020-21 fall season, including a new virtual New Year’s Eve performance.
The Des Moines Symphony will perform virtually through the first half of 2021. The organization announced the rest of the 2020-21 season online, with livestreamed concerts taking place throughout the first half of 2021.
Perhaps most notably, the popular New Year’s Eve Pops concert is converting into a Virtual New Year’s Eve Celebration event on Dec. 31. This online gala fundraiser features appearances and performances from guest artists across the country including Leslie Odom, Jr., Renee Elise Goldsberry, Christiane Noll, Spectrum and more. The performance will be free on the Symphony’s website and YouTube channel.
The symphony’s five spring Masterworks concerts, originally scheduled next year from January to May, will be converted to livestreamed concerts broadcast as part of its Live from the Temple series. These online concert broadcasts, featuring a reduced-size orchestra spaced appropriately to ensure musician safety, include special interviews and behind-the-scenes footage along with a live Q&A session with music director Joseph Giunta.