2013-14 Symphonies of Iowa Season Comes to a Close!

Dec 8, 2014

Iowa Public Radio is pleased to present the final Symphonies of Iowa broadcast for 2014. The encore broadcast will feature the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks 7: Season Finale – Brahms, Grosvenor & Afternoon of a Faun performance. This statewide broadcast can be heard Monday, December 8 at 7 p.m.  Tune in to hear The Des Moines Symphony’s triumphant final concert of their 2013-2014 season. The program opens with Roman Carnival Overture. Berlioz restructured the second act of his opera Benvenuto Cellini, to create an exciting stand-alone concert overture that outshines its operatic origins. Debussy’s ethereal Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun was one of Debussy’s most influential works, helping pioneer Impressionism, a radical new approach and twentieth century musical sound. Benjamin Grosvenor, British pianist and Gramophone’s youngest ever double-award winner, joins the Des Moines Symphony for Saint-Saens’s Piano Concerto No. 2. The most popular of Saint-Saens’s five piano concertos, it was written for Anton Rubinstein. The concert closes with Brahms’s monumental first symphony.  After revising, destroying, and continuously altering his sketches for twenty-one years, Brahms finally was willing to share his masterpiece with the world. We hope you will tune in to hear the final Symphonies of Iowa broadcast, Monday December 8 at 7p.m.