Belin Quartet

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


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. 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. Belin envisioned a community with the opportunity to share in the joys of classical music, which is realized through the Belin Quartet. After his death in 1999, David Belin’s children made the first of 17 annual grants through the Foundation to underwrite the Belin Quartet.


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

Meet the Musicians here!

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.