Belin Quartet

Free noon-time concerts on summer Fridays, downtown Des Moines

The Belin Quartet performs a series of free outdoor concerts every summer in Downtown Des Moines. This summer we are pleased to present three collaborative concerts with: John Morgan Trio, Des Moines Metro Opera and Ballet Des Moines. And the quartet will perform in several new locations, including the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and People’s Plaza at the State Capitol.

All concerts begin at 12:15pm unless otherwise noted. Rain location is the Des Moines Central Library.

Fri, May 27
People’s Plaza, Iowa State Capitol West Terrace (Locust @ E 7th)
Dvorak Quintet Op. 97

Fri, June 3
Des Moines Central Library Lawn
(Locust @ 12th)
Saint-Saens Quartet no. 2
Mozart Quartet K. 575 in D

Sun, June 5
Special Weekend Performance @ 7:00pm
Johnston Public Library

Fri, June 10
Des Moines Central Library Lawn (Locust @ 12th)
Jazz with the John Morgan Trio

Fri, June 17
Science Center of Iowa (Market St @ SW 4th)
Beethoven Op. 59, no. 1

Fri, June 24
Cowles Commons (Locust @ 3rd)
Collaboration with the Des Moines Metro Opera
Opera Arias, German Lieder, Shakespearian Songs

Fri, July 8
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden (Robert D. Ray Drive)
Box lunches from Trellis available for purchase
Schostakovich Quartet no. 1

Fri, July 15
Cowles Commons
(Locust @ 3rd)
Collaboration with Ballet Des Moines

Fri, July 22
Des Moines Central Library Lawn (Locust @ 12th)
Children’s Concert

Fri, July 29
Cowles Commons (Locust @ 3rd)
Grieg Quartet Op. 27


The Belin Quartet was established in 2000 by a grant to Civic Music Association by the Iowa Foundation for Education, Environment, and the Arts, a charitable foundation created by David Belin. After his death in 1999, David Belin’s children made the first of 17 annual grants through the Foundation to underwrite the Belin Quartet and honor his vision that the whole community should have the opportunity to share the joys of classical music.

David Belin (1928-1999) 
was a prominent attorney, civic leader, and philanthropist who moved to Des Moines in 1954 and had a tremendous impact on the city during the last half of the 20th century. A talented violinist himself, he loved music. He also loved Des Moines, and with his trademark bow tie, he was an ever-present supporter of music and the arts in the city.

The Belin Quartet consists of alternating violinists Julie Fox Henson, John Helmich, Tracy Engman Finkelshteyn, violist Sherida Josephson and cellist George Work.

All concerts in the series are free and open to the public. 


This summer, the quartet will be moving around quite a bit!

Check the Civic Music FaceBook page ( to stay up-to-date on the locations of the concert. If you are still unsure, feel free to call the Civic Music Association office at 515-280-4020 or email to confirm the location!

Are you interested in booking the Belin Quartet for an event, concert or party?  Please call 515.280.4020 or email for more information and rates.