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Live from the Temple: Winter Fantasia

  • Overview

    Celebrate the holiday season with the Des Moines Symphony! From Bach to Boyce, this festive evening of music will inspire warmth, joy and peace.

    Boyce’s charming Symphony No. 5 was dedicated to St. Cecilia, patron saint of music whose feast day, November 22, begins the holiday season in countries around the world – and so begins our seasonally inspired evening of music. Torelli’s calm, peaceful “Holy Nativity” Concerto recalls the shepherds of Bethlehem watching flocks by night, while Michael Torke’s December, originally commissioned by the Des Moines Symphony in 1995, conjures childhood memories of the first snowfall. Elgar composed the beguiling Love’s Greeting for his future wife Caroline Alice Roberts, and played it for her every Christmas morning until his death. The concert concludes with Bach's endearing Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring and Vaughan Williams’ peaceful and serene Fantasia on “Greensleeves.”

    Thursday, December 17 at 7:00 PM - Join us for dinner and a show! We’ve partnered with Django to pair a custom multi-course dinner box with this concert. Want to add food and wine pairings to your livestream? Just reserve them here and follow the instructions for pickup. After purchasing, please contact with any dietary restrictions or to request a vegetarian option. Sales for food and wine will end on Thursday, December 10 at 5:00 PM.

    First: Django salad - House greens, feta cheese, shaved fennel, radish, tomato, red onion, cucumber and classic vinaigrette

    Second: Coq au Vin - Pan-seared chicken breasts, lardons, mushrooms, cipollini onions, fresh thyme, Burgundy demi-glace and fingerling potatoes

    Third: Chocolate Pot de Creme