• Ticket Price
    Students Half Price
  • Duration
    2hrs 10min
    One intermission
Season Debut: Gershwin, Rodrigo & Ravel

Season Debut: Gershwin, Rodrigo & Ravel

Season Debut! Classical guitar’s brightest star headlines a dazzling program packed with new and familiar classics.

Sharon Isbin, called “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time” by Boston Magazine, joins the Symphony in its first annual Harriet S. and J. Locke Macomber Concert, an artistic initiative aimed at presenting once-in-a-lifetime works and internationally renowned soloists. The first half of the concert features a trio of American composers beginning with the world premiere of Kevin Puts’s Heartland Canons. Sharon Isbin performs Christopher Brubeck’s Affinity, written as an homage to his late father, jazz great Dave Brubeck, and composed for Isbin to perform. Finally, the impressionistic and intoxicating rhapsody of Gershwin’s An American in Paris. After intermission, Ms. Isbin performs Rodrigo’s dazzling Fantasia para un gentilhombre. The Symphony’s Season Debut concludes with more than 100 musicians performing Ravel’s rapturous, passionate Daphnis et Chloe.

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  • These concerts have been made possible by a generous gift from the Harriet S. and J. Locke Macomber Des Moines Symphony Fund


  • Kevin PUTS Heartland Canons (2022) World Premiere Commissioned by the Des Moines Symphony
  • Christopher BRUBECK Affinity: Concerto for Guitar & Orchestra Listen
  • GERSHWIN An American in Paris Listen
  • RODRIGO Fantasia para un gentilhombre Listen
  • RAVEL Daphnis et Chloe: Suite No. 2 Listen


  • Joseph Giunta Conductor Bio
  • Sharon Isbin Guitar Bio


Single tickets are $15-$70 and are available through Des Moines Performing Arts. Ticket prices are subject to a $5 increase on the day of the concert, excluding student rush tickets.

Student tickets are $7.50-$35 and are available through the Civic Center Ticket Office. Student rush tickets, subject to availability, are $5 for junior high and high school students and $10 for all other students the day of the concert through the Civic Center Ticket Office. One ticket sold per valid Student ID.

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Join us 45 minutes before the concert in the Prairie Meadows (East) Lobby for a free Concert Prelude Talk. Led by Dr. Eric McIntyre of Grinnell College, these discussions are complimentary to ticket holders and offer engaging and topical commentary on the featured program.