Des Moines Symphony’s 2015 ‘Oh Say, Can You Sing?’ competition

June 4, 2015

 

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Joseph Giunta, Music Director & Conductor
Richard L. Early, Executive Director
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Date: June 4, 2015
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Contact: Sophia S. Ahmad, Director of Marketing & Public Relations ● 515.280.4000, ext. 4011 ● sophia@dmsymphony.org

DES MOINES SYMPHONY’S 2015 ‘OH SAY, CAN YOU SING?’ COMPETITION

The Des Moines Symphony invites the public to cheer on contestants at its sixth annual “Oh Say, Can You Sing?” National Anthem singing competition noon on Tuesday, June 16 at the Temple Chess & Poetry Garden between the Central Public Library and The Temple for Performing Arts in downtown Des Moines.

If a winner cannot be decided at the event, videos of competition finalists will be posted at dmsymphony.org, where the public can vote for their favorite finalist through noon on Friday, June 19. The winner will perform the National Anthem with the Des Moines Symphony at its 22nd Annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert on Thursday, July 2 for an anticipated crowd of more than 100,000 at the Iowa State Capitol.

Des Moines Symphony Music Director & Conductor Joseph GiuntaBank of the West representative Renee Simmons, Casey’s General Stores representative Steph Thompson, Hy-Vee representative Brad Waller, Polk County Board of Supervisors representative Supervisor Steve Van Oort and Des Moines Register reporter Michael Morain will judge the competition and choose the winner or finalists. Bank of the West, Casey’s General Store, Hy-Vee and the Polk County Board of Supervisors are principal 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 2, the competition winner receives two VIP tickets to the Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops, two 2015-2016 Flex Plan season ticket packages and admission for two to one Masterworks concert intermission reception. The first runner-up receives two VIP tickets to the Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops and two 2015-2016 Flex Plan season ticket packages. The second runner-up receives two VIP tickets to the Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops and two 2015-2016 Masterworks tickets.

Interested individuals should contact Pamela Neubauer at pamela@dmsymphony.org or 515.280.4004 by Monday, June 8. 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, professional orchestra formed in 1937 to enrich, educate and inspire 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 $3 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, Pops concerts including the traditional New Year’s Eve Pops, education, outreach and family concerts,  and other special events in its home at the Des Moines Civic Center. 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 for the past several years attracted more than 100,000, the largest single day attendance of any concert event in the State.  -DMSO-