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Please join the Belin Quartet on May 31st at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden for the kickoff concert of their 20th season of free performances. Admission to the Garden is also free for this event, thanks to the continuing generosity of the Belin Family. Music starts at 12:15pm and the quartet will be performing Brahms’ Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51.

Lunches from Trellis Café are available for pre-order by clicking here. We ask that no outside food or drinks are brought into the Garden. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Belin Quartet was established in 2000 by a grant to Civic Music Association by the Iowa Foundation for Education, Environment, and the Arts, a charitable foundation created by David Belin. David Belin (1928-1999) was a prominent attorney, civic leader, and philanthropist who moved to Des Moines in 1954 and had a tremendous impact on the city during the last half of the 20th century.

A talented violinist himself, he loved music. He also loved Des Moines, and with his trademark bow tie, he was an ever-present supporter of music and the arts in the city. Belin envisioned a community with the opportunity to share in the joys of classical music, which is realized through the Belin Quartet. After his death in 1999, David Belin’s children made the first of 17 annual grants through the Foundation to underwrite the Belin Quartet.

The Belin Quartet consists of alternating violinists Julie Fox Henson, John Helmich, and Tracy Engman Finkelshteyn, violist Jonathan Sturm, and cellist George Work.