Des Moines Symphony’s Masterworks 5: Chopin Piano Concerto, Mar 28 & 29, 2015

March 11, 2015

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: March 11, 2015
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Contact: Sophia S. Ahmad, Director of Marketing & Public Relations ● 515.280.4000, ext. 4011 ● sophia@dmsymphony.org

MASTERWORKS 5: CHOPIN PIANO CONCERTO

DES MOINES  – The Des Moines Symphony continues its 2014-2015 77th Season with Masterworks 5: Chopin Piano Concerto, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28 & 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2015 at the Des Moines Civic Center (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines).

Joseph Giunta has invited his latest discovery, the eighteen-year-old award-winning Chinese pianist Jia Cheng Xiong, to make his Iowa debut in Chopin’s passionate and virtuosic Second Piano Concerto. Of the Chopin, Liszt wrote that it is “of a perfection almost ideal…” The program opens with the most popular of Liszt’s symphonic poems, the majestic Les Préludes. And finally, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 6 – one of the composer’s most revered works – concludes with the full majestic force of the Orchestra in the powerful Presto finale. Also at this concert, Joseph Giunta will announce details about our exciting 2015-2016 Season. This program is presented by The Symphony’s Healthcare Circle.

Arrive 45 minutes early to each performance and join music enthusiast Arlene DeVries in the Stoner Theater (new location) for a Concert Prelude Talk to learn about the composers and pieces. Concert Prelude Talks are free and open to the public.

CONCERT TICKETS
Tickets: Single tickets are $15-$55
 and are available through Ticketmaster (up until two hours prior to performances) and the Civic Center Ticket Office (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines; open 9a-5p Monday through Friday and two hours prior to performances). Student tickets are $7.50-$27.50 and are available through the Civic Center Ticket Office. Student rush tickets, subject to availability, are $5 for junior high and high school students and $10 for all other students the day of the concert through the Civic Center Ticket Office. Students must present a valid student ID to receive student pricing. Tickets will be available at the door.

For questions or to interview Joseph Giunta or Jia Cheng Xiong, 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 2014-2015 Masterworks Season:
Sep 27 & 28: Season Debut – The Firebird
Oct 25 & 26: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons
Nov 15 & 16: Beethoven’s Fifth – Beyond the Score: Fate Knocks?
Feb 7 & 8: Jorge Mester Conducts La Mer
Mar 28 & 29: Giunta Conducts Chopin, Shostakovich & Les Preludes
Apr 18 & 19: Roman Returns – Dvorak Cello Concerto
May 23 & 24 (Memorial Day Weekend):  Season Finale: Appalachian Spring – A Memorial Day Tribute

Des Moines Symphony’s 2014-2015 Pops Concerts:
Dec 31: New Year’s Eve Pops: Cirque de la Symphonie
Feb 21: Audra McDonald In Concert (in collaboration with Des Moines Performing Arts)

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 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-