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.


The FOXTROT HOT SHOTS is a band made up of central Iowa’s finest performers of 1920s-era jazz and popular music.  Foxtrots, Hot Jazz, show tunes, novelty tunes – all performed with the infectious, two-beat bounce of the ‘Roaring 20s.  The five members of the band draw upon decades of experience performing in Dixieland bands and in musical theater to provide a program of music that is irrepressibly upbeat, clever, and fun. A light lunch, priced at $6 per person, will be served at 12:35, following the performance.

This marks the final Midweek Music Series event for the 2016-17 program year. The 2017-18 line-up will be announced this summer.



Midweek Music Series 2016-17

Oct            5         Rob Lumbard/Hurley and Dancers

                 12         The Des Moines Tango Trio

                 19         Shana Liu, piano soloist

                 26         Quartet 515

Nov           2         Music of the German Masters: Julie Murphy, clarinet; Bryan Martens, piano

                   9         Big Joe Kinser

                 16         The Two Davids: David Liljedahl and David Piersel, pianists

                 23         Bruch Trio: Susan Odem, oboe and English horn; Bruce Martin, piano; Daniel
                              Stevenson, clarinet

                 30         Grand View College Choir (Kathryn Pohlmann Duffy, Director)

Dec           7         Scott Davis Brass Quintet

                 14         Principal Guys Who Harmonize (Jeremy Philips, Director)

                 21         Christmas at St. John’s

Jan            4         Gina Gedler and Ben Hagen

                 11         Lyric Winds

                 18         North High Gospel Choir

                 25         Adrienne Stratton, violin

Feb            1          Michael Elsbernd, organist

                    8         IMTA Piano Audition Winners

                 15         Amadeus Trio

                 22         Sarah Plum and the Drake String Studio

Mar          1         Ash Wednesday – Lent begins

Apr         19         Steven Kennedy, guitarist

                 26        Sarah Plum and Drake String Studio

May           3         Foxtrot Hotshots, John Benoit, Artistic Director


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