COME, EXPERIENCE THE ARTS…
At Westminster, we believe that artistic talents are sacred gifts, and that these gifts should be nurtured and shared with others.
Our Fine Arts programs allow us to share our love of the arts with our neighbors by hosting performances of music, drama, dance, and by offering visual art exhibits. Thank you for celebrating the arts with us and we invite you to join us for other opportunities when we seek to serve our community in love. If you have any questions please email Aaron Schultz.
The Anchor Coffee House is a relaxed, family-friendly venue featuring local, regional and nationally known folk, bluegrass, and blues artists. Free child care is provided at each performance. For tickets, info, and list of artists, click HERE.
Westminster also is home to a Visual Arts Gallery space and showcases new monthly exhibits on the lower level of the church. For more information and to see current shows, click HERE.
The 2019/2020 Fine Arts Season is brought to you through the generosity of the Westminster Foundation, individual patrons and corporate donations. This enables us to bring a variety of events and experiences to the community at no cost to the individual. All of these events will be located in the Westminster Sanctuary. We invite you to join us in our efforts to enrich the lives of those in the community around us.
2019/20 Fine Arts Series
Sunday, September 8 l 9:15 a.m.
The popular Bluegrass Sunday returns to Westminster with a traditional Bluegrass sound within a traditional worship service. The music will feature guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass and close harmonies.
Stories of Our Lives
Sunday, October 6 l 3:00 p.m.
This more intimate gathering held in the Westminster Chapel will feature a performance by local professional storyteller Maureen Korte. The performance will include personal stories she has received and gathered from her travels. For more information on Maureen's work, visit MaureenKorte.com
Hoot n' Howl: a Halloween Organ Extravaganza
Saturday, October 26 l 7:00 p.m. (Halloween Carnival begins at 6:00 p.m)
This family-oriented event will include a Halloween Carnival with fund and games in addition to a celebration of the organ with interactive opportunities and entertainingly chilling music and drama. Program will feature works by J. Pachabel, John Williams, Eugène Gigout, Ad Wammes, and more!
Intergenerational Band: a Celebration of Veterans
Sunday, November 10 l 9:15 a.m.
In this service filled with familiar and time-honored music will be played by Westminster's Intergenerational Band; an ensemble consisting of local youth and adult musicians. People from a wide-range of musical backgrounds are welcomed to participate. If you are an instrumentalist wishing to play, please email Aaron for rehearsal information.
And There Was Light: a Christmas Cantata
Sunday, December 7 l 9:15 a.m.
Join us for the annual Christmas Cantata as we explore themes of light, love, expectancy, hope, and joy through music and drama. The event will feature beautiful music by the Westminster Chorale and consort orchestra, with an interwoven dramatic spoken word.
Thursday, December 12 l 7:30 p.m.
The gorgeous sounds of Central College's A Capella Concert returns to Westminster with a performance not to be missed. This is our only ticketed event of the season, but if you are a member of Westminster Presbyterian you will have access to free tickets available for pick-up in the church office starting in November. Tickets are $12 for adults; students and seniors are $10. Learn more by clicking HERE
Jupiter String Quartet
Sunday, February 16 l 3:00 p.m.
The Jupiter String Quartet is a particularly intimate group, consisting of violinists Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel (Meg’s older sister), and cellist Daniel McDonough (Meg’s husband, Liz’s brother-in-law). Now enjoying their 17th year together, this tight-knit ensemble is firmly established as an important voice in the world of chamber music. The New Yorker claims, “The Jupiter String Quartet, an ensemble of eloquent intensity, has matured into one of the mainstays of the American chamber-music scene.” concert will include:
Kati Agócs: Imprimatur
Mozart: Quartet in A Major, K. 464
Beethoven: Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127
For more information about this fine ensemble, visit jupiterquartet.com
Des Moines Metro Opera’s Arias in Concert
Sunday, March 22 l 3:00 p.m.
We are excited to be working again with the Des Moines Metro Opera as the OPERA Iowa Troupe performs a concert featuring the hits of opera and musical theatre. Spanning several centuries and styles, the repertoire will delight opera newcomers and aficionados alike!
Sunday, April 19 l 9:15 a.m.
The popular Jazz Sunday returns to Westminster with a swinging program complementing our worship service. Led by Westminster's own Karla Killinger, the service features local professional musicians and church members and will feature music from the big band era.
Sunday, May 10 l 9:15 a.m.
This year, the annual Spring Cantata lands on Mother's Day. This is a perfect treat for a Sunday morning celebration through visual art and music.
Zenith Chamber Music Festival
June 5, 2020
The Zenith Chamber Music Festival is an annual summer chamber music concert series in Des Moines highlighting national and international guest artists as well as local artists. This year, Westminster will be hosting one of the concerts at the Festival and are proud to work with Drake University for this event. For more information about the Zenith Chamber Music Festival, click HERE