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Des Moines Symphony

221 Walnut St., Des Moines, IA 50309
515-243-1140
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Ranked #20 of 45 Attractions in Des Moines
Type: Symphonies, Performances
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Indianola, Iowa
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

The Des Moines Symphony is a treat and is wonderful for the Des Moines area. If you love symphony music, you will love the Des Moines Symphony at the beautiful Civic Center in Downtown Des Moines.

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Des Moines
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62 reviews 62 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Des Moines is a hidden gem of culture, and the symphony is one of those secret treasures. The instrumentalists are seasoned professionals, adept at many schools of music: classical, baroque, romantic, and contemporary. The conductor truly understands music theory and creates a well rounded performance. Ticket prices are actually fairly reasonable, too, especially for a symphony.

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Indianola, Iowa
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115 reviews 115 reviews
25 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed the Des Moines Symphony's performance of George and Ira Gershwin's music. What a great evening. The symphony is very good - great sound. They worked great with the visiting performers. The use of the large video screen - showing pictures of the Gershwins and showing the keyboard skills of the pianist was great. It was a great... More

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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

If you are not a symphony fan, you might find the New Years Eve concert to be a way 'in'. The Symphony always invites a pop-type group and the Symphony provides back-up. We've seen many of their 'normal' concerts as well...but the New Years Eve concert has become a tradition for us. The only downside to a wonderful night is... More

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Des Moines
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The Des Moines symphony has the sound of any symphony you'd hear around the world! The conductor has been conducting for 25 years . . . and you can tell by the qualilty of the sound. Absolutely fantastic concerts for the money and for a smaller venue like Des Moines. A perfect add-in for a visit to Des Moines.

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Norwalk
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19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The Des Moines Symphony is a wonderful conglomeration of very talented artists. The director, Joseph Guinta is a master with the baton. The symphony performs at the Des Moines Civic Center. They have a season of 8-10 performances during the year, including the Pops performance on the Capital grounds every 4th of July. They provide a powerful classical experience for... More

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

For a city of Des Moines' size, we are fortunate to have a symphony of such quality. At the concert I attended, they played the Grieg Piano Concerto, with guest pianist Joyce Yang, and Mahler 5. What a fun evening.

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Monroe, Iowa
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76 reviews 76 reviews
23 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Don't miss it. The concert season is always a highlight of the year. Sit as close to the front as you can afford. The Orchestra works very hard to put on a great performance. You will want to come back.

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Des Moines
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36 reviews 36 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

We were surprised by the positive reviews for the Des Moines Symphony. Having lived in places like Washington DC, Boston and Cleveland, we have an appreciation for really fine symphonies. We would not expect that calibre in a small city like Des Moines but we did expect more. We found their music lacked depth, energy and refinement.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

haven't been for awhile but surprisingly strong performances when last heard...just need to get back to some classic Beethoven a bit more often for my taste.

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