Wednesdays at 6 pm

Join Belin Quartet in our 21st Season of free music! This summer we’re going online.

Thanks to the continued generosity of the Belin Family, the Belin Quartet performs free summer concerts in Des Moines. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Belin Quartet concerts will take place via Livestream on Facebook Live on Wednesday evenings at 6 PM starting Wednesday, June 17.

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Concert Schedule and Repertoire

June 17
BACH Orchestral Suite Gigue
MOZART Dissonance K. 465
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Click to watch the archived performance of Mozart.

June 24
DVORAK String Quartet in E Flat Major, no. 10, Op.51
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Click to watch the archived performance of Dvořák.

July 1
ARVO PART Spiegel im Spiegel
MOZART Viola Quintet in D K. 593
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July 8
BACH Brandenburg Concerto #3, 3rd mvmt
GLAZUNOV 5 Novelettes, 3rd & 4th mvmts
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July 15
FAURÉ Pavane, Op. 51
HAYDN Sunrise, Op. 76/4
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July 17 – Children’s Concert, 10:00 AM
PROKOFIEV Peter & the Wolf

July 22
MASSENET “Méditation” from Thaïs
SMETANA From My Life
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July 29
Audience Favorites
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August 5
TCHAIKOVSKY Sleeping Beauty Waltz
TCHAIKOVSKY Quartet No. 1 in D
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August 12
JOPLIN Maple Leaf Rag
BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18
GLAZUNOV 5 Novelettes, 1st mvmt
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CMA Studio Events

NEW! CMA Studio Summer Session

Weekly online music lessons for elementary students focused on the music of the Belin Quartet.

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Thanks to our Partner

The 2020 Summer Season is supported through a generous in-kind gift from our technology partners Applied Art and Technology of Urbandale. With their help we are able to livestream the Belin Quartet’s concerts on Facebook Live and YouTube this summer.

Belin envisioned a community with the opportunity to share in the joys of classical music, which is realized through the Belin Quartet.

Discover the Belin Quartet and experience some of central Iowa's most talented musicians.

The Belin Quartet was founded by David Belin (1928-1999), who 
was a prominent attorney, civic leader, and philanthropist who had a tremendous impact on the city during the last half of the 20th century. A talented violinist himself, David Belin loved chamber music. He also loved Des Moines, and with his trademark red 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, a vision realized through the Belin Quartet. In 2000, David Belin’s children made the first annual grant through the Iowa Foundation for Education, Environment, and the Arts, a charitable foundation created by David Belin, to support the ongoing operations of the quartet. Their support continues to underwrite the concerts and programs of the quartet today.

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

Jonathan Sturm

Jonathan Sturm


Dr. Jonathan Sturm, violist, was a founding member of the Belin Quartet in 2000. He brings excellence to the complete spectrum of music: performance as a violin soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster of the Des Moines Symphony, as a violist in the internationally acclaimed Ames Piano Quartet and as professor of Music History at Iowa State University.
George Work

George Work


Cellist George Work has been a member of the Belin Quartet since 2008. A professor of cello at Iowa State University and member of the Des Moines Symphony, George holds his bachelor’s and master’s degrees of music and a performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where he also served as teaching assistant to Robert Sylvester.
Tracy Engman Finkelshteyn

Tracy Engman Finkelshteyn


Violinist Tracy Engman Finkelshteyn became a member of the Belin Quartet in 2005. A Des Moines native, she earned Bachelor of Music Education and Doctor of Music degrees from Northwestern University and a Master of Music Degree from the Yale School of Music. Tracy was a member of the first violin sections of the Winnipeg Symphony and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and has served on the faculty of several Universities including Northwestern, St. Olaf College, Carleton College and North Carolina State University.
John Helmich

John Helmich


Violinist John Helmich has been a member of the Belin Quartet since 2004. John received his Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance and his Master of Music degree in Violin Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. While there, he was awarded the Howard Hanson Scholarship and graduated with High Distinction.
Julie Fox Henson

Julie Fox Henson


Violinist Julie Fox Henson has been a member of the Belin Quartet since 2001 and is the Assistant Concertmaster of the Des Moines Symphony. She performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the area. Julie enjoys a successful teaching studio in the Ames/Des Moines area and was voted the 2010 Leopold LaFosse Studio Teacher of the Year by the Iowa String Teachers Association.