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Des Moines Community Orchestra

Fall Concert

Music Director and Conductor, Carl Johnson, will open the season with our Fall Concert, 2:00 p.m. at Sheslow Auditorium on the campus of Drake University. 

Come join us as we start a new concert season, on a journey with wonderful music that is sometimes favorite and familiar, and sometimes featuring new works by tomorrow's masters. Always something to delight. 

Carl will also host a pre-concert discussion about the concert, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Sheslow. Everyone is welcome. 

As always, a reception with refreshments will follow the concert. All this for the price of ... well, let's see ... IT'S ALL FREE!


October 22, 2017, Sunday.
Concert begins at 2:00 p.m. in Sheslow Auditorium.
Pre-concert talk begins at 1:00 p.m. in Levitt Hall, the room behind the balcony of the auditorium.

Sheslow is one block north of University Avenue, just west of 25th Street, and is attached to the Old Main building on the Drake University campus.

Parking is available in the big lot bounded by 24th-25th Streets (east-west) and Forest -Carpenter (north-south). Click here for a map to Sheslow.

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!

Music Director and Conductor:

Carl Johnson  (email Carl at seabjay@yahoo.com.)

Theme: DMCO Goes To The Movies

Featuring guest host Dan Wardell  [Click HERE for Dan's invitation]

Music from Apollo 13 [James Horner, arr. Moss] 
Back to the Future [Alan Silvestri]
Main Title - Prince of Thieves [Michael Kamen, arr. Rosenhaus]
Highlights from Jurassic Park [John Williams]
Harry Potter Symphonic Suite [John Williams, arr. Brubaker]
“Raiders March” from Raiders of the Lost Ark [John Williams]
Star Trek Through the Years [arr. Custer]
An American Symphony (excerpts) [Michael Kamen, arr. Custer]
Music from Frozen [Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, arr. Krogstad]
Superman March [John Williams]


Poster: Click HERE.


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