Symphony Season Debut to Feature Star Guitarist

A white woman with brown hair and brown eyes sits on a step holding an acoustic guitar

Sharon Isbin will join the Des Moines Symphony for its inaugural Harriet S. and J. Locke Macomber Concert. Photo courtesy Des Moines Symphony.

Internationally acclaimed guitarist Sharon Isbin will join the Des Moines Symphony this weekend, Sept. 24-25, to kick off the orchestra’s 85th season at the Des Moines Civic Center.   

The first half of the concert will feature a trio of American composers, including the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ “Heartland Canons.” In the second half, Isbin will perform Rodrigo’s “Fantasia para un gentilhombre,” and more than 100 musicians will conclude the concert with Ravel’s passionate “Daphnis et Chloe.”

Saturday’s performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday’s is at 2:30 p.m. There will be free community screenings of the Saturday concert at three Central Iowa venues: the Prairie Meadows Riviera Stage at Riverview Park in Des Moines, Johnston Town Center, and Ames’ Band Shell Park.

Tickets to the Civic Center performances are $15-$70 and are available online at or at the Civic Center ticket office.

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