Des Moines Symphony’s 2013 ‘Oh Say, Can You Sing?’ competition

May 31, 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
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Date: May 31, 2013
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Contact: Sophia S. Ahmad, Director of Marketing & Public Relations ● 515.280.4000, ext. 4011 ● sophia@dmsymphony.org

 

DES MOINES SYMPHONY HOSTS 2013 ‘OH SAY, CAN YOU SING?’ COMPETITION

On Flag Day, Friday, June 14, the Des Moines Symphony hosts its fourth annual “Oh Say, Can You Sing?” National Anthem singing competition at noon at the Temple Chess & Poetry Garden between the Central Public Library and The Temple for Performing Arts in downtown Des Moines.

NEW THIS YEAR: Videos of the competition finalists will be posted at dmsymphony.org, where the public can vote for their favorite finalist through noon on Friday, June 21. The winner, as chosen by the public, will perform the National Anthem with the Des Moines Symphony at its 20th Annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert on Wednesday, July 3 before an anticipated crowd of more than 100,000 at the Iowa State Capitol.

Des Moines Symphony Music Director & Conductor Joseph Giunta, Juice Magazine music reporter Joe Lawler, Bank of the West representative Clara Luckman and Dahl’s representative Tim Davis, will judge the competition and choose the finalists. Bank of the West and Dahl’s Foods are two principal co-sponsors of the Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops. Des Moines Symphony Director of Marketing & Public Relations and Symphony Academy faculty pianist Sophia S. Ahmad will accompany contestants in either Ab (A-flat) or Bb (B-flat).

In addition to singing at the Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops on July 3, the competition winner receives two VIP tickets to the concert, two 2013-2014 Flex Plan packages and admission for two to a Masterworks concert intermission reception. The first runner-up receives two 2013-2014 Flex Plan packages and admission for two to a Masterworks concert intermission reception. The second runner-up receives two 2013-2014 Masterworks tickets and admission for two to a Masterworks concert intermission reception.

Interested individuals should contact Pamela Neubauer at pamela@dmsymphony.org or 515.280.4004 no later than Wednesday, June 12. The contest will be capped at 25 entrants, and contestants will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about the Des Moines Symphony or the “Oh Say, Can You Sing?” competition, please contact Sophia S. Ahmad at sophia@dmsymphony.org or 515.280.4000, ext. 4011.

Visit dmsymphony.org for more information about the Des Moines Symphony.

The Des Moines Symphony is a not-for-profit, full-service 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 $2.4 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-