Estonian National Symphony

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Stephens Auditorium and the Ames International Orchestra Foundation (AIOFA) proudly welcome back the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ENSO). Founded as a small radio orchestra in 1926, ENSO has since grown to 100 musicians performing more than 60 concerts each year with a repertoire ranging from baroque music to premieres of contemporary works. They enjoy increasing acclaim for their Grammy award-winning recordings and festival appearances in Scandinavia, Europe and the former Soviet Union.

ENSO’s program will include (subject to change):

Fratres                                                         Arvo Pärt

Violin Concerto in E Minor, op. 64           Felix Mendelssohn

Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, op. 70         Antonín Dvořák                      

Continually impressed by the quality and variety of performances scheduled by Stephens. This was one of the best. Excellent orchestra; outstanding performance! Thank you! Quote from 2013  ENSO (courtesy of Survey Monkey):


Join us for a pre-show dinner! Advanced tickets are required, $32.  Click here for more details!

Sips & Symphony

Learn more about local brews and wines at our Sips & Symphony event before the Estonian National Symphony performance. Enjoy beer and wine from six unique vendors including The Cellar Winery at White Oak, Olde Main Brewing Co., Firetrucker Brewery, Dimitri Wine, Johnson Brothers, and Boone Valley Brewing Co.

Vendors will be available from 6:45 – 8:30 PM

Lanyards available at the Iowa State Center Ticket Office for $5 prior to show and $10 day of show.

Lanyards can be turned in after the event to be entered to win 2 FREE tickets to Shattered Glass on Friday, April 6, 2018 PLUS a $50 gift card to Olde Main!


This performance is made possible, in part, by a generous gift from Warren and Beverly Madden and Arthur Klein.