Des Moines Symphony’s 22nd annual Yankee Doodle Pops: Thu Jul 2, 2015

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Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 8:30pm Buy Tickets

West Terrace, Iowa State Capitol

Weather update

6:50pm, CST: Our Concert Prelude is currently underway, and we fully anticipate an on-time start to the Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops (8:30pm)! Should that change due to rain, we will update this page immediately.


FREE! No tickets required.


8:30pm: Des Moines Symphony’s 22nd annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert
6:30pm: Concert Prelude featuring the Turner Center Jazz Orchestra


Joseph Giunta, conducting
Jason Robert Brown, guest conductor
Christiane Noll, soprano
Hugh Panaro, baritone
Vintage Sound, barbershop quartet

Join us for the Des Moines Symphony’s 22nd annual Yankee Doodle Pops, Iowa’s largest single-day concert event! This family-friendly and patriotic concert concludes with the area’s premier fireworks display over the downtown Des Moines skyline, and best of all, it’s FREE! Bring your picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs, or purchase food from an array of vendors at the concert. Participate in the Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger by bringing a non-perishable food item to the concert, and receive a discount offer for the Des Moines Symphony’s 2015-2016 Masterworks Season.



This year’s theme is Iowa: America’s Musical Heartland (view the program here), and the program features music inspired by our great state — including several movements from the new Des Moines Symphony-commissioned work, Symphony On A Stick, which depicts in music the sights and sounds of the Iowa State Fair. The Des Moines Symphony is also pleased to partner with Des Moines Performing Arts to bring three-time Tony Award®-winning The Bridges of Madison County composer Jason Robert Brown to conduct the Orchestra in selections from this Broadway musical. Bridges is famously set in Iowa and launches its national tour in November at the Des Moines Civic Center.

Live broadcast and streaming; rebroadcast

Parking/travel/street closures

  • DART will detour its FREE D-Line shuttle and extend its hours to 11 p.m. on July 2 to accommodate Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops attendees. View a map of the D-Line Route here.
  • Parking is available in designated downtown lots around the Capitol (lots 1-6, 11-12, 15-17, 20)
  • The following roads will be closed during the following times:
    • Penn/East 7th Street – Locust Street to Grand Avenue (8:30 a.m. Wed Jul 1 –  2 a.m. Fri Jul 3)
    • Grand Avenue Bridge – Robert Ray Drive to 2nd Avenue (noon Thu Jul 2 – midnight Fri Jul 3)
    • Locust Street Bridge – Robert Ray Drive to 2nd Avenue (9:30-10:30 p.m. Thu Jul 2 [during fireworks])

ADA accessibility

  • Capitol lots 9 & 10 (near the intersection of Grand and Finkbine) will be available for handicapped parking. Only those with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) parking tags or plates will be allowed in these lots.
  • A drop off for those with physical disabilities is located at the corner of Grand Avenue and East 9th (Finkbine) Street.
  • Additional handicapped parking spots may be available in Capitol lots 1, 2, 8, 11, 15, 19, 24, PS1.


  • For on-site medical needs, please visit the medical unit on Finkbine or a uniformed on-site police officer.


  • For safety and security needs or concerns, please visit the Iowa State Patrol Command Center on Finkbine or notify a uniformed on-site police officer.
  • Members of the Iowa National Guard will set off four howitzer cannons, as designated in the musical score, during Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. The cannons will be located in the west corner of the triangle bounded by the Public Safety Parking lot, Walnut Street and Finkbine.
NO alcohol YES all ages welcome
NO audio or video recording devices YES cell phones
NO smoking YES digital cameras
NO laser pens or similar focused light YES fanny packs/purses
NO musical instruments YES film cameras
NO sparklers YES hats
NO fireworks YES picnic baskets
NO frisbees YES blankets
NO illegal drugs/paraphernalia YES strollers
NO bicycles in Capitol grass/gardens YES dogs on leashes
NO unlicensed vending YES sun block
NO weapons YES sunglasses
NO distribution of flyers/paraphernalia YES great energy/big smiles


Food vendors (on Finkbine)

  • Boy Scouts Troop 141 (water)
  • Brandmeyer Popcorn
  • Hy-Vee
  • Jose’s Tacos
  • Karam’s Mediterranean Grill
  • Nadine & Dad’s Bar-B-Que
  • Nana’s Sweet Treats
  • Nitro Ice Cream
  • Old Man Chance
  • Over the Top Ice Cream
  • Rita’s Water Ice
  • Roadside Tacos
  • Willie’s BBQ

‘Oh Say, Can You Sing?’ competition winner

Enjoy this video of Dallas Norton, winner of the Des Moines Symphony’s sixth annual “Oh Say, Can You Sing?” competition, who will open the Des Moines Symphony’s 22nd annual Yankee Doodle Pops by singing the National Anthem:


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