Music Under the Stars offers series of free concerts   


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Music Under the Stars will take place at the West Capitol Mall and Lauridsen Amphitheater.

Music Under the Stars is a free series of concerts and is one of Iowa’s oldest musical traditions. For the 76th season, professional Iowa musicians will play in a series of six concerts, held June 11, June 18, June 25, July 2, July 9 and July 16. This year’s theme is titled “As Summer Was Just Beginning.” Each concert will begin at 7 p.m. and end by 8:30 p.m.

The first four of the six concerts will be held on the West Capitol Mall, but for the first time in the concert band’s history, Music Under the Stars will relocate to the Lauridsen Amphitheater at Des Moines Water Works Park on July 9 and July 16. 

“We love playing on the Capitol grounds,” stated Dan Stevenson, executive director of Music Under the Stars, in a press release. “It’s an inspired location, offering views and an ambience that are wonderful and relaxing for our audience.” 

Stevenson provided an explanation for the relocation of the final two concerts of the season. 

“The Lauridsen Amphitheater offers some amenities that could help us grow, such as accessible parking,” Stevenson stated. “So, we’re curious. We’ll see how it goes.”

Dr. Vince Kenney, assistant director of bands at Drake University, will conduct the band of professional musicians throughout the concert season. Kenney is also assistant professor of low brass and conductor of the Drake University Symphonic Band, Marching Band and Bulldog Brass. 

“I try to put together programs that will connect well with our legacy audience while at the same time expanding what we offer to connect with the next generation,” Kenney stated.