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A Virtual New Year's Eve Celebration

  • Overview

    The Des Moines Symphony considers the health & well-being of its audiences, musicians & staff to be its top priority. Amid increasing concerns regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, the Symphony has come to the conclusion that it cannot reliably ensure the safety of its audiences or its musicians onstage in order to perform the in-person concerts scheduled through May 2021.

    In place of its planned New Year's Eve Pops Concert, the Symphony will host A Virtual New Year’s Eve Celebration on Thursday, December 31. This online gala fundraiser features appearances & performances from guest artists across the country including Leslie Odom, Jr., Renee Elise Goldsberry, Christiane Noll, Spectrum & many more. The performance will be free to enjoy on the Symphony's website & YouTube channel; those interested in supporting the Symphony can choose from three levels of event participation including musician meet-and-greets, dinner packages & more.

    The Symphony’s five spring Masterworks concerts, originally scheduled from January-May 2021 in the Civic Center, will be converted to livestreamed concerts broadcast as part of its Live from the Temple series. These online concert broadcasts, featuring a reduced-size orchestra spaced appropriately to ensure musician safety, include special interviews & behind-the-scenes footage along with a live Q&A session with Maestro Joseph Giunta. Each broadcast is available to ticketholders for on-demand viewing for 30 days following the initial livestream.

    Ticketholders for New Year’s Eve Pops 2020 will automatically receive tickets to next year’s event, while those with tickets for in-person Masterworks concerts in the spring will receive access to the corresponding Live from the Temple concerts. Audience members may also donate their tickets back to the Symphony or request a refund by contacting

    Each concert in the series is now available for purchase online at In addition, the Symphony will continue community outreach efforts aimed at providing concert access to area nonprofit organizations, as well as free streaming passes for teachers and healthcare workers. More information on those partnerships can be found at

    6:00 PM              Pre-broadcast virtual Musician Meet & Greet -  Event Supporters are invited to an intimate gathering on Zoom where they will have the opportunity to chat with Des Moines Symphony musicians.

    6:45 PM              Pre-broadcast countdown

    7:00 PM              Main Broadcast