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Des Moines Community Orchestra

Winter Concert

Join us to brighten your winter season! 

February 12, 2017, Sunday.
Concert begins at 2:00 p.m. in Performing Arts Hall in Harmon Fine Arts Center, Drake University.
Pre-concert talk begins at 1:00 p.m.

Parking is available in the big lot bounded by 24th-25th Streets (east-west) and Forest -Carpenter (north-south).

Chase away the winter blahs with music that will lift your spirits.

A Sit-In Adventure: Ever wished you could sit in the middle of an orchestra? Let's do it! Continuing a tradition started several years ago, we invite students to sit in with the orchestra for dress rehearsal. Dress rehearsal starts at 9:30 a.m., the Saturday before the Sunday concert. Dress rehearsal and concert are at Sheslow Auditorium at Drake University. Students may sit on stage in their chosen instrumental section. Parents, your children will love it!. We orchestra members love it! Just show up and we will find students a place to sit. If sitting in the audience seats is preferred, that's fine too. Come and sit with us!



Carl Johnson  (email Carl at

Theme: Gee Whiz

"Oh, Lady Be Good!" [George & Ira Gershwin]
"The Man I Love" [George & Ira Gershwin]
"Fascinating Rhythm" [George & Ira Gershwin]
     All songs feature Tina Haase Findlay, vocals, and Bruce Martin, piano
Episodes for Horn and Orchestra [James Goodwin] (world premiere)
     Joy Lucas, French horn, James Goodwin, guest conductor
"I Loves You Porgy" [George & Ira Gershwin]
"Summertime" [George Gershwin music, DuBose Heyward lyrics]
"I Got Rhythm" [George & Ira Gershwin]
Piano Concerto in F [George Gershwin]
     Aaron Bartz, piano


Poster: click here.


(click here for Program Notes)

(click here for an invitation letter)