JOHNSTON, IOWA (December 7, 2020) Join Iowa PBS and Ballet Des Moines virtually on Saturday, December 19, 10:30AM, for a special family-friendly experience featuring Peter and the Wolf. After the 30 minute pre-recorded performance, a musician from The Belin Quartet and a ballet dancer from Ballet Des Moines will join the event live for an experience for the whole family. Little ones will learn about the instruments featured in the ballet and hear from a real ballet dancer!

"We are confident that this project with the Civic Music Association will not only enrich thousands of lives, from students to artists to young audiences across the country, but also invest in Des Moines' arts sector in a meaningful way," said Ballet Des Moines Executive Director Blaire Massa. "This multifaceted collaboration captured on the Iowa PBS stage speaks to the collective strength of Des Moines' arts community and proves our region's resilience and strength."

For more information and to register for this free virtual event, visit

Prokofiev wrote Peter and the Wolf decades ago to introduce children to different orchestra instruments. Ballet Des Moines, the Belin Quartet and woodwinds from the Des Moines Symphony team up for a world premiere performance marrying this famous symphonic fairytale with dance.

Peter and the Wolf is the featured performance in Iowa PBS's upcoming program, Acts of Resilience | Courage. The program will premiere on statewide Iowa PBS on December 18, 8:30PM, and rebroadcast December 20, 1PM.

About Iowa PBSIowa PBS is formerly known as Iowa Public Television. New name. Same essential mission.

As Iowa's only statewide television network, Iowa PBS's mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans guides its quality, non-commercial programming that tells Iowa's stories like no one else can. Four statewide, public channels offer programs of lasting value to Iowans, regardless of where they live or what they can afford: Iowa PBS .1, Iowa PBS KIDS .2, Iowa PBS WORLD .3 and Iowa PBS Create .4 on Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; and Channel 36, Red Oak. More information can be found at

About Ballet Des MoinesUnder the Artistic Direction of Serkan Usta, Ballet Des Moines was launched as a professional ballet company in 2012, bringing world-class performing artists to the Des Moines community for classical and contemporary main-stage productions. Ballet Des Moines offers training opportunities for pre-professional dancers and engages thousands of local youth each year through rich educational and outreach programs.

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