The Planets

  • Overview

    Experience one of the greatest symphonic blockbusters ever written.
    Adolphus Hailstork's Fanfare on Amazing Grace is an explosion of joyous sound reflecting the influence of spirituals sung and loved since childhood. Scottish composer James MacMillan’s eloquent Larghetto for Orchestra is followed by Elgar’s Cockaigne Overture, a cheerful, rowdy musical portrait of Edwardian London. After intermission, Holst’s exuberant evocation of our solar system conjures the luminous night sky as well as the mythological deities associated with each of The Planets. Accompanied by a stunning high-definition film, the swirling energy of Holst’s composition conjures our unfathomable universe in a thrilling conclusion.
    Adolphus HAILSTORK Fanfare on Amazing Grace
    James MACMILLAN Larghetto
    ELGAR Cockaigne Overture (In London Town)
    HOLST The Planets
    Joseph Giunta, conductor
    Tickets are $15-$70 and are available through Des Moines Performing Arts. Ticket prices increase $5 on the day of the concert, excluding student rush tickets.
    Half-price student tickets are $7.50-$35 and are available through the Civic Center Ticket Office. Student rush tickets are $5 for junior high and high school students and $10 for all other students the day of the concert through the Civic Center Ticket Office. One ticket sold per valid Student ID.
    The Des Moines Symphony welcomes children five years and older to attend performances. Children of any age are welcome to attend youth and family concerts. All children, regardless of age, must have their own ticket to attend performances.