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DES MOINES, IA ― Des Moines Performing Arts is pleased to announce the creation of a new family-friendly Symphony show with the World Premiere of Air Play Symphony by Acrobuffos as part of the 2019-2020 Wellmark Family Series. Created as part comedy, part sculpture, and all orchestra, Air Play Symphony will take the Civic Center stage with Joseph Giunta conducting the Des Moines Symphony on Saturday, April 25 at 11:00 a.m. for a fun family concert experience.

In Air Play Symphony fabrics swirl in a giant air vortex, balloons swallow people, silks soar over the audience, and confetti flutters into a starry sky. With stunning images and gales of laughter, Air Play Symphony is a circus-style adventure through a surreal land of air, transforming ordinary objects into uncommon beauty. Set to a remarkable score of classical music performed live by the Des Moines Symphony, the circus comedians Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone seamlessly interplay between the breath-taking sculptures, orchestral music, and the audience.

Created in collaboration with kinetic sculptor Daniel Wurtzel, Air Play was devised through years of experimentation with simple materials, movement, and technology. Great for all ages, Air Play creates beauty and inspires laughter across cultures and continents. No translation necessary, Air Play has played from the southernmost opera house in the world in Chile, to London’s Royal Festival Hall, Melbourne's State Theatre, Shanghai’s Grand Theatre, and continues to tour.

Single tickets to the 2019-2020 Family Series Concert are available now and can be purchased at, the Civic Center Ticket Office, and by phone at 515-246-2300.

“You feel you’re witnessing divine natural occurrences rather than carefully devised circus stunts.” 

– Hartford Courant

“Fun for all ages is a common puff in the arts, but with Air Play it’s strictly true. A joy from start to finish, Air Play will entrance children and act as a great reset button for stressed adults.” – Sydney Morning Herald

“Making Magic Out of Thin Air” – The New York Times

Discovery Party
All performances in the Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield Family Series also include an exciting opportunity for families to attend a FREE Discovery Party. Ticket holders are invited to arrive one hour early and participate in art activities, demonstrations, and other fun family programs designed to enhance the performance.

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About the Acrobuffos
Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone met at a circus in Afghanistan, became engaged while street performing in Scotland, married at a clown festival in China, and occasionally go home to New York City. Since 2005, working as their award-winning and critically-acclaimed company the Acrobuffos, they have created seven shows, competed in international circus festivals, performed in 28 countries, headlined at the Big Apple Circus, and were even featured on a postage stamp. They collaborated with kinetic sculptor Daniel Wurtzel, developing new sculptures and object manipulations to create the genre-bending Air Play.

About the Des Moines Symphony
The Des Moines Symphony is a not-for-profit, professional orchestra formed in 1937 to enrich, educate and inspire the community by performing great orchestral music. The Symphony Association, governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and operating on an annual budget of more than $4.2 million, supports the Symphony Academy and its numerous music education programs including four youth orchestras, and supports the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra which performs seven pairs of Masterworks concerts, a Pops series including the traditional New Year’s Eve Pops, education, outreach and family concerts, and other special events in its home at the Des Moines Civic Center. The organization also produces and performs the Des Moines Symphony’s annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert in July on the grounds of the Iowa State Capitol, which attracts more than 100,000, the largest single day attendance of any concert event in the State.

About Des Moines Performing Arts
Des Moines Performing Arts is a private not-for-profit organization celebrating 41 seasons of presenting the performing arts to Iowa and the surrounding states on four stages in Des Moines – the Civic Center, the Stoner Theater, the Temple Theater and the newly renovated outdoor space, Cowles Commons. Des Moines Performing Arts is a presenter of major Broadway and educational touring companies, performers and groups, and is home to many local and regional groups, including the Des Moines Symphony. All performances of the Broadway Series are supported by Willis Auto Campus. All performances at the Temple Theater are supported by Prairie Meadows. All performances of the Family Series are supported by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. For more information, visit