Belin Quartet

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

Please note all inclement weather performances will be located inside the Des Moines Social Club.

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, mostly on summer Fridays in downtown Des Moines (due to the July 4th Holiday, the performance that week will be on July 2nd). The 2014 Series will debut on Friday, May 30 at 12:15 p.m. and continues for ten weeks, concluding with the annual Children’s Concert on August 1. 

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. In the event of inclement weather, all performances will be moved inside the Des Moines Social Club building at 900 Mulberry Street.

HELPFUL TIPS
Performances at the Des Moines Social Club Courtyard, located at 900 Mulberry Street in Downtown Des Moines: Metered street parking available around the complex on Mulberry and Cherry Streets and 10th Street. Minimal chairs available so please feel free to bring lawn chairs, blankets, etc. In the Des Moines Social Club building there is a restaurant Malo and a coffee shop, Capes Kafe if you wish to purchase lunch or refreshments and bring to courtyard.

Performances at the Des Moines Public Library Lawn, located at 1000 Grand Ave in Downtown Des Moines: Metered street parking available surrounding the lawn on Grand and Locusts avenues and various numbered streets. Minimal 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.