Belin Quartet

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

Summer 2015 Schedule

Downtown Library Lawn, 1000 Grand Avenue, Des Moines – 12:15 P.M.

       May 29: Debussy op. 10 in G minor

       June 5: Brahms op. 51, no. 1 in C minor 

       June 12Dvořák op. 12 in F major, “American” 

       June 19: Beethoven op. 95 and Haydn op. 76, no. 1 in G major

Des Moines Arts Festival, Jazz and Wine Pavilion – 12:30 P.M.                  

       June 26: Jazz Favorites

Cowles Commons, 221 Walnut St, Des Moines – 12:15 P.M.

       July 10: Brahms Quintet Op. 88 in F major

       July 17: Beethoven Op. 18, no. 5 in A major 

       July 24: Prokofiev Op. 92, no. 2 in F major 

Downtown Library Lawn, 1000 Grand Avenue, Des Moines – 10:30 A.M.

       July 31: Children’s Concert 

The rain location for all concerts on the Downtown Library Lawn is in the Downtown Library. The rain location for all concerts at Cowles Commons is in the Renaissance Des Moines Hotel Savery (401 Locust St).

The Belin Quartet was established in the year 2000 by a grant to the Civic Music Association by the Iowa Foundation for Education, Environment, and the Arts, a charitable foundation created by David Belin. David Belin’s vision that the whole community should have the opportunity to share the joys of classical music is realized through The Belin Quartet.

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 is a memorial to this truly great man.

The Belin Quartet will play a series of free noon-time concerts, on summer Fridays in downtown Des Moines (there will not be a performance during the week of the 4th of July). The 2015 Belin Quartet Summer Series will debut on Friday, May 29 at 12:15 p.m. and concludes with the annual Children’s Concert on July 31st.

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. 

HELPFUL TIPS
For performances at Cowles Commons, located at 221 Walnut St in Downtown Des Moines: Metered street parking available around Cowles Commons and a parking ramp at 4th and Grand and 3rd and Court. Limited chairs available so please feel free to bring lawn chairs, blankets, etc. Nearby establishments to grab lunch include Java Joes Coffee House, Fongs Pizza, Big City Burgers and Greens and Splash Seafood Bar and Grill.

For performances at the Des Moines Central Library Lawn, located at 1000 Grand Ave in Downtown Des Moines: Metered street parking available surrounding the lawn on Grand and Locust Avenues and various numbered streets. Limited chairs available so please feel free to bring lawn chairs, blankets, etc. Nearby establishments to grab lunch include Centro, South Union Bread, Keller’s Deli, Ritual Cafe and Jimmy John’s.

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