2013-2014 Season Debut – From Russia With Ilya

August 19, 2013

 

NEWS FROM THE DMSO
Joseph Giunta, Music Director & Conductor
Richard L. Early, Executive Director
The Temple for Performing Arts ● 1011 Locust Street, Suite 200 ● Des Moines, IA 50309
dmsymphony.org

Date: August 19, 2013
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Contact: Sophia S. Ahmad, Director of Marketing & Public Relations ● 515.280.4000, ext. 4011 ● sophia@dmsymphony.org

MASTERWORKS 1: SEASON DEBUT – FROM RUSSIA WITH ILYA

DES MOINES  – The Des Moines Symphony begins its 2013-2014 76th Anniversary Season – and Music Director and Conductor Joseph Giunta’s 25th Season – with Season Debut: From Russia With Ilya, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 14 & 2:30 p.m. Sunday, September 15 at the Civic Center (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines).

Joseph Giunta begins his 25th Anniversary Season with an all-Russian program, inviting back unforgettable Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev, winner of the World Piano Competition and recipient of the Gawon International Music Society Award, to play Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto. Plus, Giunta conducts his favorite post-romantic symphony, Rachmaninoff’s sweeping and majestic Symphony No. 2 – a concert filled with beauty, passion and orchestral virtuosity. The concerts open with Glinka’s Overture to Ruslan & Ludmilla.

“I am delighted to celebrate the beginning of my 25th anniversary with performances of Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony, a piece that I have conducted many times and first heard with the Philadelphia Orchestra. I have also invited the brilliant Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev for his second Des Moines appearance playing Prokofiev’s virtuosic Third Piano Concerto,” said Music Director & Conductor Joseph Giunta.

Arrive 45 minutes early to each performance and join music enthusiast Arlene DeVries in the East Lobby for her Concert Prelude Talks to learn about the composers and pieces. Concert Prelude Talks are free, and all are welcome.

CONCERT TICKETS
Single tickets are on sale and may be purchased by visiting dmsymphony.org, calling Ticketmaster at 1.800.745.3000 or at the Civic Center Ticket Office at 221 Walnut Street. The Ticket Office is open M-F (9am-5pm) and two hours prior to each performance. Tickets are $15-$55 with students at half price in all sections.  Student rush tickets, subject to availability, are available on concert days at the Civic Center Ticket Office. $5 rush tickets are available for students with a valid junior high or high school ID, and $10 rush tickets are available for all other students.

For questions or to interview Joseph Giunta or Ilya Yakushev, please contact Sophia S. Ahmad at Sophia@dmsymphony.org or 515.280.4000, ext. 4011. Visit us at Facebook.com/DMSymphony and Twitter.com/DMSymphony.

Des Moines Symphony’s 2013-2014 Season:

Sep 14 & 15: Season Debut – From Russia With Ilya
Oct 19 & 20: Scottish Fantasy & Rosenkavalier
Nov 16 & 17: Beyond the Score: The Planets – Other Worlds?
Dec 31: New Year’s Eve Pops: The Hit Men – The Real ‘Jersey Boys’
Feb 15 & 16: Romantic Rhapsody In Blue: The Gershwin Experience
Mar 15 & 16: The Moldau & Dvorak
Apr 12 & 13: Giunta Conducts Beethoven: Eroica
May 10 & 11: Season Finale – Brahms 1 & Grosvenor Plays Saint-Saens

Visit dmsymphony.org/orchestra/concerts-and-events for complete season details.

The Des Moines Symphony is a not-for-profit, professional orchestra formed in 1937 to enrich, educate and entertain the community by performing great orchestral music. The Symphony Association, governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and operating on an annual  budget of more than $2.5 million, supports the Symphony Academy and its numerous music education programs including three youth orchestras, and supports the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra which performs seven pairs of Masterworks concerts, the traditional pops performance on New Year’s Eve, education, outreach and family concerts,  and other special events in its home at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. The Des Moines Symphony also produces and performs the annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert in July on the grounds of the Iowa State Capitol, which last year attracted more than 100,000, the largest single day attendance of any concert event in the State.  -DMSO-