Des Moines Encore Welcomes Both Guest Conductor and Guest Pianist

Sep 1, 2015

World-renowned Mexican-born conductor Jorge Mester takes the helm of the Des Moines Symphony in this encore concert broadcast. Mester is the winner of the Ditson Conductor’s Award and is recognized for his leadership of the Aspen Music Festival. The concert opens with Debussy’s La Mer, one of Mester’s signature pieces. 

Pianist Robert Edward Thies joins the Des Moines Symphony for Prokofiev's First Piano Concerto, conducted by special guest Jorge Mester.
Credit Robert Edward Thies

Pianist Robert Edward Thies, winner of the Second International Prokofiev Competition, joins Mester and the orchestra for Prokofiev’s rhythmic First Piano Concerto. The concert closes with Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony, originally inspired by the composer’s 1829 visit to Scotland but not completed until 1842. Tune in on Monday, September 7 at 7:00 p.m. for this Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast.


Jorge Mester, conductor

Robert Edward Thies, piano

DEBUSSY                                             La Mer

PROKOFIEV                                        Piano Concerto No. 1

MENDELSSOHN                                Symphony No. 3 “Scottish”

(Concert recorded Feb. 7-8, 2015)