Fantaisie en Francais/Live From the Temple

  • Overview

    The Des Moines Symphony performs the eighth and final livestreamed concert in its 2020-2021 “Live from the Temple” series, Fantaisie en Français,on Thursday, May 13 at 7:00PM.

    Marianna Martines wrote over 200 works and performed with Mozart; her Sinfonia in C Major opens the Symphony’s season finale with rhythmic vitality and flowing melodies. Written more than a century later, Grieg’s Baroque-inspired Holberg Suite echoes the sparkling, delightful music of an earlier time. Principal Flutist James Blanchard is featured as soloist in Gluck’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits and Faure’s expressive, virtuosic Fantaisie. The “Dean of African-American Composers,” William Grant Still’s Tamborito and Cumbia y Congo from his Danzas de Panama were inspired by the vibrant, percussive musical influences of African slaves in Panama. The concert concludes in grand fashion with the Allegro from Mozart’s brilliant, thrilling “Paris Symphony.”

    Filmed at the Temple for Performing Arts and broadcast live at, these concerts feature a reduced-size orchestra spaced appropriately to ensure musician safety. Each broadcast includes special interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, along with a post-concert interview with Maestro Joseph Giunta.

    Streaming concert passes are $20 per household; each includes a link and access code for one device. Ticketholders can watch these livestreamed concerts on a Smart TV, a laptop, or even on a phone, and can replay them for 30 days after the live broadcast.

    Symphony patrons can sign up for “dinner & a show” by adding specially selected dinner and wine pairings when purchasing concert tickets. The full menu from Aposto is available on the Symphony’s website and can be ordered through 5pm on Monday, May 10.

    The concert broadcast begins at 6:30PM with a video Concert Prelude Talk; the concert will begin at 7:00PM. More information, including streaming FAQs and a digital program book, can be found on