St. John's Lutheran Church

In the City for Good!

St. John's Lutheran Church participates in God's mission to bless, save, restore and reconcile the world through meaningful worship and faithful witness in the city of Des Moines and around the world.

St. John's Lutheran Church invites and welcomes all people to experience the Good News of God's grace, forgiveness and unfailing love. The Good News calls and empowers us to share God's love in word and deed throughout our city, nation and world.

Midweek Music Series

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For almost 20 years, St. John’s Lutheran Church in downtown Des Moines has hosted a Midweek Music Series, featuring the best in music that Des Moines has to offer. Each week at 12:05, a 25-minute concert, free and open to the public, takes place in the beautiful, stained glass-lit neo-gothic sanctuary located on the corner of Sixth and Watson Powell. After the concert, audience members are invited to head downstairs to meet with friends old and new, over a light lunch priced at $6.00 per person.

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The Bruch Trio was organized in 1999 to explore music for piano, clarinet and English horn. The trio performs adaptations of works by Bach, Grieg, Brahms, Bernstein, Ellington, and the German composer Max C. F. Bruch, whose Eight Trio Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano formed the genesis of the group's repertoire. The trio includes Bruce Martin, piano; Dan Stevenson, clarinet; and Sue Odem, oboe and English horn. Music begins at 12:05 in the Sanctuary. A light lunch, priced at $6 per person, is available following the performance.


The program includes the following selections:

Nachtgesang, Op. 83, No. 6 ... Max Bruch

Geistliches Wiegenlied (Sacred Lullaby), Op. 91, No. 2 ... Johannes Brahms

Oblivion ... Astor Piazolla

Au Bord De L'eau ... Gabriel Faure

Cinema Paradiso ... Enzio Morricone

Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? ...Eddie DeLange/Louis Alter

2017-18 Midweek Music Series Line-up

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 600 6th Ave. Des Moines, Iowa  50309 - 515.243.7691 - a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America