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The Music of Billy Joel

The Music of Billy Joel

Michael Cavanaugh, who played the Piano Man himself in the hit Broadway show Movin’ Out, brings the music of Billy Joel to life alongside your Des Moines Symphony Orchestra! Rock out to all your favorites including “Uptown Girl,” “River of Dreams,” “Movin’ Out,” “My Life,” “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” and many more. Bring your picnics and blankets and join the Symphony for this free, family-friendly performance at the Lauridsen Amphitheater at Water Works Park! 

Event Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

  • Linda and Tom Koehn


  • Joseph Giunta Conductor Bio
  • Michael Cavanaugh Vocalist & Piano Bio

How to Get There

Parking for our Water Works Pops concerts is free! Lots will open at 5:00PM. Follow the signage to enter Water Works Park from Fleur Drive; an attendant will direct you to our free parking lots. You can view a full map of the concert grounds, including parking locations, here.

Those requiring accessible parking may park to the south of the stage. For those who would like additional assistance reaching the concert grounds, a golf cart will shuttle between the ADA lot and the concert grounds to transport up to five people at a time.

Want to ride the trails to the concert? A free bicycle valet service will be available starting at 5:00PM. 

What to Bring

Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome on the lawn – no beach umbrellas or tents, please, as they may obstruct others’ view of the concert. 

You are welcome to bring a picnic basket or a cooler to Water Works Pops. Wine and beer can be consumed on park grounds, but please take any trash with you when you leave. There will also be a wide variety of food trucks onsite selling treats.