Belin Quartet Summer Concert Series

Salisbury House and Gardens - Wednesdays at 5:30 PM

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Live music is back! We’re presenting free outdoor concerts all summer long.

Join us on the lawn at Salisbury House and Gardens on Wednesday evenings at 5:30 PM for free performances by the Belin Quartet. Chairs and bottled water will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own lawn chairs, beverages, and snacks.

Health and safety measures will be in place. Read our FAQs for details.

For more than 20 years, Belin Quartet concerts have been presented to our community at no charge through the generosity of the Belin Family.

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Salisbury House and Gardens


5:30 pm

2021 Concert Season

Belin Quartet Summer Schedule

May 19: FAURÉ

String Quartet in E minor Op. 121


String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat major, Op. 74


String Quartet No. 4 in D major, Op. 83

June 9: HAYDN

String Quartet in E-flat, Op. 33, No. 2, “The Joke”

June 16: MOZART

Quintet No. 3 in C major, K. 515

June 23: FRANK

“Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout”

June 30: MOZART

String Quartet No. 18 in A major, K. 464

July 11: ‘Music Under the Stars’ Jazz Program

The John Morgan Trio
West Capitol Mall, 7:00-8:30 PM

July 14: ARRIAGA

String Quartet No. 2 in A major


String Quartet No. 3, Op. 41, “Clara”

July 28: GRIEG

String Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 27

Meet the Musicians

About the Belin Quartet

The Belin Quartet has been harmonizing with the Des Moines community for more than 20 years. With instrumental support from the Civic Music Association since its founding, the Belin Quartet honors the enduring legacy of David Belin (1928-1999) and Connie Belin (1930-1980).

More about the Quartet
Tracy Engman Finkelshteyn

Tracy Engman Finkelshteyn


Violinist Tracy Engman Finkelshteyn joined 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.
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.
Benjamin Burgdorf

Benjamin Burgdorf


As a classical performer, Benjamin Burgdorf has served as the violist of Lux String Quartet from 2013-2018 (named 2015-16, 2017-18 Classical MPR Class-Notes Artist), acting principal violist with the Des Moines Symphony, section violist with the Quad City Symphony, a member of the funky jam band Improvestra, a travel-blogging, improvising street artist in Wormwood, and a frequent collaborative soloist with composers both locally and nationally.

Burgdorf is at home performing in both rock venues and classical venues, having shared the stage at sold-out shows with Dessa, Jeremy Messersmith, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

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.

Directions and Parking

Salisbury House and Gardens

Salisbury House was built in the 1920s by cosmetics magnate Carl Weeks and his wife Edith. Called a “national treasure,” the home was modeled after the King’s House in Salisbury, England.

Venue map with parking and accessibility details


Salisbury House is located at 4025 Tonawanda Drive, Des Moines, IA 50312. Please take 42nd St. Tonawanda is closed at Salisbury.


You can park in the main parking lot of Salisbury House lot off of Tonawanda Drive. Overflow parking is available on the south side of Tonawanda Drive. You may also park on 42nd St. Look for parking attendants on the street to guide you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Health and Safety Measures

Will I have to wear a mask?

In keeping with new recommendations from the CDC and in consultation with the staff of Salisbury House, CMA has modified its policy regarding masking at Belin Quartet outdoor concerts. Masks will not be required outdoors on the grounds of Salisbury House, but they will be required if guests enter the building.

Will social-distancing be required?

We ask that you always maintain a safe distance on the grounds by following posted guidelines. Provided seating at outdoor events will reflect recommendations regarding appropriate spacing between attendees. Personal seating should be in keeping with these recommendations and spacing will be enforced on the lawn.

How long do the concerts last?

Belin Quartet concerts are approximately 1 hour, starting at 5:30pm.

Is the event ADA-accessible?

Yes. Handicap parking is available on the North side of the house in the designated accessible parking area. Volunteers will assist with directions to the handicap parking. Accessible portable toilets will be available on site.

Are public restrooms provided?

Yes. Portable restrooms and hand washing stations will be available.

Are chairs provided?

Yes. Chairs will be arranged in socially distanced pods. Guests may also bring their own chairs and blankets to sit on the lawn.

Are refreshments or food provided?

Bottled water will be provided. You may bring your own food, wine, and beer. Please take all empty beverage and food containers with you when you leave.

Can I bring my children?

Yes! CMA encourages young audiences, and coming and going throughout the concert is admissible. There will be space on the lawn for families if they do not wish to sit in the provided seating in front of the stage.

Can I learn what the musicians will perform?

Yes. Information about each week’s program can be found here.

What is the rain location? When do you make announcements?

If the forecast calls for rain, CMA will issue an announcement via email and on the CMA website by 10am on concert day. On rain days there will be no public concert. Performances will be recorded and made available on the CMA website and on the CMA Facebook page the next day and remain online for one week.

Are umbrellas allowed?

No. Salisbury House and Gardens does not permit umbrellas on the grounds.

Are pets allowed?

No. You may bring your service animal, but please leave your pets at home. The Salisbury House & Gardens does not allow pets on the grounds. Service animals are permitted in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Service animals are defined by the ADA as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Pets whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.