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Jan
25
Sat
Magic Tree House: Showtime with Shakespeare @ Civic Center
Jan 25 @ 11:00 am

Wellmark Family Series

A new theatrical production based on the MAGIC TREE HOUSE adventure Stage Fright on a Summer Night by The New York Times best-selling author Mary Pope Osborne.

No matter what the show must go on! That’s what Jack and Annie learn when the MAGIC TREE HOUSE whisks them back to Elizabethan England. There​ the daring sibling duo​ meet​s​ William Shakespeare himself—one of the greatest writers of all time! ​Based on the critically-acclaimed book series by Mary Pope Osborne, this tuneful tale is a hip-hop hit with kids and grown-ups alike. ​

Mary Pope Osborne’s “Magic Tree House” series has been translated into 33 languages, has sold more than 135 million copies worldwide and is the No. 1 best-selling chapter book series of all time.

Jan
28
Tue
Come From Away @ Civic Center
Jan 28 @ 7:30 pm

The true story of the small town that welcomed the world. The New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year’s Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!” On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all.

NO INTERMISSION

Age Recommendation: 10+
Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

Jan
29
Wed
Come From Away @ Civic Center
Jan 29 @ 7:30 pm

The true story of the small town that welcomed the world. The New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year’s Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!” On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all.

NO INTERMISSION

Age Recommendation: 10+
Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

Jan
30
Thu
Preludio Strings, Youth Sinfonia & Youth Philharmonic Winter Concert @ Drake Performing Arts Hall
Jan 30 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for a concert featuring our Preludio Strings, Youth Sinfonia and Youth Philharmonic. This concert is open to the public and free to attend.

Come From Away @ Civic Center
Jan 30 @ 7:30 pm

The true story of the small town that welcomed the world. The New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year’s Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!” On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all.

NO INTERMISSION

Age Recommendation: 10+
Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

Jan
31
Fri
Come From Away @ Civic Center
Jan 31 @ 7:30 pm

The true story of the small town that welcomed the world. The New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year’s Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!” On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all.

NO INTERMISSION

Age Recommendation: 10+
Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

Feb
1
Sat
Come From Away @ Civic Center
Feb 1 @ 2:00 pm

The true story of the small town that welcomed the world. The New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year’s Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!” On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all.

NO INTERMISSION

Age Recommendation: 10+
Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

Come From Away @ Civic Center
Feb 1 @ 7:30 pm

The true story of the small town that welcomed the world. The New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year’s Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!” On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all.

NO INTERMISSION

Age Recommendation: 10+
Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

Feb
2
Sun
Come From Away @ Civic Center
Feb 2 @ 1:00 pm

The true story of the small town that welcomed the world. The New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year’s Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!” On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all.

NO INTERMISSION

Age Recommendation: 10+
Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

Come From Away @ Civic Center
Feb 2 @ 6:30 pm

The true story of the small town that welcomed the world. The New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year’s Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!” On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all.

NO INTERMISSION

Age Recommendation: 10+
Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

Feb
8
Sat
Masterworks 4: Mendelssohn & Brahms @ Civic Center
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm
Program

Christopher THEOFANIDIS  Rainbow Body

MENDELSSOHN  Violin Concerto in E Minor

BRAHMS  Symphony No. 2

Peter Oundjianconducting

Grace Parkviolin

Feb
9
Sun
Masterworks 4: Mendelssohn & Brahms @ Civic Center
Feb 9 @ 10:30 am
Program

Christopher THEOFANIDIS  Rainbow Body

MENDELSSOHN  Violin Concerto in E Minor

BRAHMS  Symphony No. 2

Peter Oundjianconducting

Grace Parkviolin

Feb
13
Thu
Ballet Biarritz: Cinderella @ Civic Center
Feb 13 @ 7:30 pm

Dance Series

Based in the coastal resort town of Biarritz in Southern France, Artistic Director Thierry Malandain has developed a very personal approach to dance that is rooted in classical ballet with a contemporary, full-bodied style. His company of 22 gorgeous dancers makes their Des Moines return with CINDERELLA —unlike any other you have seen before.

With more than eighty works to his credit, Malandain is deeply linked to the concept of “Ballet” as an aesthetic movement and gives priority to the dancing body and the celebration of its sensuality and humanity.

Deep human values underpin Malandain’s approach, as he leads a troupe of performers who master the grammar of classical dance with a contemporary expression. His search for meaning and aesthetics led to a timeless tough energetic and sober style, which draws its wealth from the roots of dance as well as a dynamic vision of this art.

Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

Feb
15
Sat
It Gets Better @ Civic Center
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm

A PROJECT OF THE SAN FRANCISCO GAY MEN’S CHORUS

It gets better is a new artistic collaboration with the world-famous San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. This work previously resided under the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, but now the program has found a new home in San Francisco.  The It gets bet­ter Tour brings the experience and message of the online It Gets Better Project to communities and audiences by blending music, theater, and multimedia into a work for the stage.  The cast brings to life real stories from gay, lesbian, transgender, and straight allies from around the country.

With the it gets bet­ter Tour, a small but ded­i­cated ensem­ble trav­els to com­mu­ni­ties nation­wide to pro­duce a week of edu­ca­tional work­shops cul­mi­nat­ing in a mov­ing musi­cal the­ater per­for­mance.  To date, the tour has reaches close to 15,000 students and has visited 18 cities across the country.  The week high­lights anti-bullying, tol­er­ance and accep­tance through com­mu­nity round­table dis­cus­sions, high school vis­its, it gets bet­ter videos, and cre­ative exer­cises.  Local choirs join the cast onstage for the final musical number in what has been described as the most touching and moving moment of the entire show.

Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

Feb
18
Tue
National Geographic Live @ Civic Center
Feb 18 @ 7:30 pm

Introducing a brand new series at the Des Moines Civic Center — National Geographic Live!

National Geographic Live is the live events division of National Geographic. With a broad roster of talent including renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers and adventurers, National Geographic Live’s critically acclaimed programs have connected with audiences worldwide for over a century. Currently, National Geographic Live! events are held in a variety of cities around the world. In each of these cities, speakers share behind-the-scenes stories from the front lines of exploration onstage alongside stunning imagery and gripping footage.

January 21 – When Women Ruled The World

DR. KARA COONEY, EGYPTOLOGIST

When it comes to women in power, we’ve come a long way…right? Join Dr. Kara Cooney, professor of Egyptology, for a look at a time in ancient history when women ruled the world. Often neglected in the history books, these women were considered exceptions to the rule, political pawns in a patriarchal society. But their power and influence is undeniable. Cleopatra used her sexuality—and her money—to build alliances with warlords of the Roman empire. Neferusobek was the first woman to definitively take the title of King. Nefertiti is known more for her beauty than for bringing a fractured Egypt together. What can we learn from how these women ruled? Dr. Cooney shares some illuminating answers.

February 18 – On The Trail of Big Cats

STEVE WINTER,WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER

From trekking India’s Himalaya in search of rare snow leopards and stalking the elusive jaguar through Latin American jungles to chronicling the nocturnal activities of the “American lion” or cougar, award-winning photographer Steve Winter ventures far and wide to come face-to-face with his subjects. This is no easy task: many big cat species are in danger of extinction, so they have good reason to avoid humans.

Endangered, wild, and unpredictable, caution is required in the presence of these felines, and negotiating their habitats can be dangerous. Winter has been charged by rhinos and stuck in quicksand. He’s had mishaps with remote-controlled cameras and captured more than his share of hikers with his camera trap on a Southern California hillside before catching his memorable shot of a cougar under the iconic “Hollywood” sign. Throughout it all, Winter’s mission is to share the beauty of big cats and work to save them.

March 24 – View From Above

TERRY VIRTS, NASA ASTRONAUT

As a NASA astronaut, pilot of the space shuttle Endeavour, and crew member on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, Terry Virts spent 200 consecutive days in space as commander of the International Space Station—one of the longest continuous space mission of any NASA astronaut.

More recently, Virts appeared in the 2016 IMAX film, “A Beautiful Planet,” a breathtaking portrait of Earth from space that features stunning footage—much of it shot by Virts while aboard (and outside) the International Space Station—of our magnificent blue planet and humanity’s impact on it. His photography, which provides incredible aerial views of Earth and the vast space that surrounds it, is featured in the National Geographic book, VIEW FROM ABOVE: An Astronaut Photographs the World.”

Feb
19
Wed
The Choir of Man @ Civic Center
Feb 19 @ 7:30 pm

The runaway hit of numerous international music festivals is hitting the road for its first U.S. tour! Known across the globe as “the ultimate-feel good show,” THE CHOIR OF MAN offers up 90 minutes of indisputable joy! It’s a party. It’s a concert. It’s a pint-filled good time set in a working pub (free beer anyone?!?) that combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance, and live Percussion with foot-stomping choreography. The multi-talented cast of nine handsome blokes sings everything – pub tunes, folk, Broadway, classic rock – all to roof-raising heights. It’s the best singing, dancing, stomping, pub crawl of a concert you’ll ever attend! CHEERS!

Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

Feb
21
Fri
Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban™ In Concert @ Civic Center
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm

WITH THE DES MOINES SYMPHONY

Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. WIZARDING WORLD trademark and logo © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s19)

Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

Feb
22
Sat
Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban™ In Concert @ Civic Center
Feb 22 @ 1:30 pm

WITH THE DES MOINES SYMPHONY

Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. WIZARDING WORLD trademark and logo © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s19)

Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

Feb
25
Tue
Anastasia @ Civic Center
Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm

Willis Broadway Series

Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical ANASTASIA is on a journey to Des Moines at last!

From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.

ANASTASIA features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) with direction by Tony Award® winner Darko Tresnjak.

Age Recommendation: May be inappropriate for ages 7 and under

Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

Feb
26
Wed
Anastasia @ Civic Center
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm

Willis Broadway Series

Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical ANASTASIA is on a journey to Des Moines at last!

From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.

ANASTASIA features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) with direction by Tony Award® winner Darko Tresnjak.

Age Recommendation: May be inappropriate for ages 7 and under

Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.