Symphony To Kick Off Season This Weekend

Pianist Awadagin Pratt will make a guest appearance during the Des Moines Symphony’s concert this weekend. Photo: Des Moines Symphony  

The Des Moines Symphony’s 2021-22 season will begin this weekend with concerts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday — their first in-person shows at the Des Moines Civic Center since early 2020.

The symphony will perform Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony as well as John Corigliano’s “Promenade Overture” and Florence Price’s “Piano Concerto in One Movement,” featuring an appearance from celebrated pianist Awadagin Pratt.

If you want to celebrate before the show, attend the symphony’s opening night ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, with live music from symphony musicians, drinks and food at the Savory Hotel’s courtyard downtown. Tickets start at $125. The organization will also announce its “Sounds of the City” capital campaign.

Tickets for the weekend concerts start at $15. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is required for admission. All audience members must wear masks as well. Find more information on the 2021-22 schedule here.

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