Art Exhibitions

Fri., Sept. 2 - Fri., Sept. 30
Beyond Patterns: Activism and Identity in Quilts, featuring work by Thomas Knauer

Thurs., Sept. 8
Public Lecture with Thomas Knauer
The Meaning of Things: The Importance of Quilts in an Era of Excess
Book signing from 6:15 - 6:50 p.m., lecture from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Olmsted Center, Sussman Theater

Fri., Sept 9
Opening Reception: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Thomas Knauer at 6:00 p.m.
Anderson Gallery 

Thurs., Oct. 13 - Fri., Nov. 18
Art Exhibition: Buzz Spector, artist
Anderson Gallery will be closed Sat., Oct. 15 - Tues., Oct. 18 for Fall Break.

Anderson Gallery


Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Thursday: 12:00-8:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 12:00-4:00 p.m.

The Gallery is closed on Mondays.

All exhibitions are free and open to the public

Musical Performances

Zenith Chamber Music Festival

  • August 16, 7:30 p.m.: Salisbury House; 4025 Tonawanda Dr, Des Moines
  • August 17, 6:00 p.m.: Jasper Winery; 2400 George Flagg Pkwy, Des Moines
  • August 18, 9:00 a.m.: MasterclassDrake University, Sheslow Auditorium
  • August 18, 12:30 p.m.: Des Moines City Sounds Project at Capital Square
  • August 19, 7:30 p.m.: Art Center; 4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines
  • August 20, 7:30 p.m.: Drake University, Sheslow Auditorium
  • All concerts are free and open to the public.  Visit for additional information .

Sun., Aug. 28
Faculty Recital, Jennifer Wohlenhaus Bloomber, oboe.
4:30 p.m., Sheslow Auditorium

Fri., Sept. 9
Faculty Recital, Clarence Padilla, clarinet, and Cynthia Giunta, piano. Featuring Ashley Sidon, cello.
7:30 p.m., Sheslow Auditorium

Sat., Sept. 10
Faculty Recital, Rika Uchida, piano. Featuring Svetlana Kotova, University of Chile, piano.
The program will feature the following pieces:
- Sonata for two Pianos by Francis Poulenc
- Suite No. 2 Op. 17 for two pianos by Sergei Rachmaninoff
- Caprice for two pianos by William Dougherty (the Ellis & Nelle Levitt Professor of Music Theory & Composition at Drake University)
- Dos Tonadas Chilenas para piano by Enrique Soro, Chilean composer
7:30 p.m., Sheslow Auditorium

Thurs., Sept. 22
Guest Concert, Orchestra Iowa Chamber Ensemble presents: A Soldier's Tale by Igor Stravinsky.
7:30 p.m., Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center

Fri., Sept. 23
Drake Jazz Ensembles I & II, Andrew Classen and James Romain, directors.
7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Hall, Harmon Fine Arts Center

Wed., Sept. 28
Guest Recital, Bruce Brubaker, piano; Gregory Oakes, clarinet; and other Iowa State University and Drake University Music Faculty as part of the Summer Music Festival. For more information, call 515-255-5444.
7:30 p.m., Sheslow Auditorium.  

Fri., Oct. 7

Faculty Recital, Alina Grimm, percussion, and Mark Grimm, percussion.
7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Hall, Harmon Fine Arts Center

Sat., Oct. 1
Civic Music Association presents: Sarah Chang, violin.  
For tickets and additional information please visit
7:30 p.m., Sheslow Auditorium

Thurs., Oct. 6
Turner Center Jazz Orchestra presents: Jazz at the Movies
Student rush tickets available; general admission charged.  For tickets and more information visit
7:30 p.m., Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center

Sat., Oct. 8
Music Alumni Recital Series presents: Molly Jo Scott, oboe
7:30 p.m., Sheslow Auditorium

Sun., Oct. 9
Drake Chamber Choir performing Faure's Requiem, in collaboration with choirs from Valley High School, Waukee High School, Urbandale High School, and Dowling Catholic High School and a professional orchestra.  Aimee Beckmann-Collier, conductor.
3:00 p.m., St. Ambrose Cathedral, 6th and High St. in downtown Des Moines

Sun., Oct. 9
Drake Symphony Orchestra Concert, Akira Mori, conductor.
7:30 p.m., Sheslow Auditorium

Wed., Oct. 12
Faculty Recital, Leslie Marrs, flute. Featuring Nancy Scheeloch-Bingham, flute.
7:30 p.m., Sheslow Auditorium

Sat., Oct. 22
Faculty Recital, James Romain, saxophone
4:30 p.m., Sheslow Auditorium

Sat., Oct. 22
Senior Recital, Jill Morgan, mezzo-soprano
7:30 p.m., Sheslow Auditorium

Mon., Oct. 24
Keys To Excellence Series presents: Lori Sims, Western Michigan University
7:30 p.m., Sheslow Auditorium
*This concert is part of the Keys to Excellence Piano Series, created to raise awareness of Drake’s fundraising efforts for the purchase of 70 brand new Yamaha pianos for the music department. Keys to Excellence features internationally acclaimed artists performing on the magnificent Yamaha CFX concert grand. Sponsored by Yamaha, West Music, Civic Music Association, and Drake University. For more information, contact Nicholas Roth at (515) 321-5947 or

Tues., Oct. 25
Patty’s Place Jazz Series presents: Chad Eby Quartet
Limited student rush tickets available, $20 for general admission.  For tickets and additional information visit
7:30 p.m., Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center Limited student rush tickets available, $20 for general admission.

Sat., Oct. 29
Drake Bulldog Horn Day Concert, featuring Bulldog Horn Ensemble, and Guinevere McIntyre, horn
4:30 p.m., Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center


Theatre Productions

Thurs., Oct. 6 - Sun., Oct. 9
Doubt, A Parable
by John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Michael Rothmayer, 7:30 p.m. (Oct. 6-8), 2:00 p.m. (Oct. 9), William S. E. Coleman Studio Theatre.  
$8, general admission; $6, students, seniors, and those with a Drake ID (ticket prices subject to change). 
Visit for more information and tickets.

*Doubt, A Parable is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

  Harmon Fine Arts Center Box Office Hours:

Monday - Friday, noon - 6:00 p.m. 
Saturday and Sunday, noon - 4:00 p.m.

Today at Drake
University News
August 16, 2016
Drake University’s large music ensembles have scheduled an eclectic series of free performances that are guaranteed to please fans of all ages and tastes.