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Yankee Doodle Pops

Join us for the Des Moines Symphony’s 27th annual Yankee Doodle Pops! 

Each year, the Des Moines Symphony welcomes more than 100,000 Central Iowans to celebrate Independence Day at Yankee Doodle Pops, the largest single-day concert event in Iowa. This July, Music Director & Conductor Joseph Giunta and the musicians of the Des Moines Symphony are pleased to bring The Des Moines Symphony’s 27th Annual Yankee Doodle Pops to its largest-ever audience through a statewide broadcast in partnership with Iowa PBS and Iowa Public Radio.

As always, the Des Moines Symphony will perform time-honored patriotic favorites, including the 1812 Overture and Stars & Stripes Forever. Broadway’s Hugh Panaro (Phantom of the Opera) will join the Symphony for a return appearance, singing selections from Les Miserables, The Music Man and more.

The winner of the Des Moines Symphony’s annual "Oh Say, Can You Sing?" competition will open Yankee Doodle Pops with The Star-Spangled Banner

The television broadcast will be hosted by Kevin and Mollie Cooney and will feature all-new footage celebrating the sights and sounds of Yankee Doodle Pops. The Orchestra’s performance will be recorded in Hy-Vee’s Ron Pearson Center, allowing the musicians of the Des Moines Symphony to remain safely distanced thanks to more than 21,000 square feet of performance space.

Iowans can tune in to the television broadcast on Iowa PBS Friday, July 2 at 8:30PM or Sunday, July 4 at 6:00PM. Iowa Public Radio’s broadcast of the Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops will air on IPR Classical signals Sunday, July 4 at 12:00PM and again on Monday, July 5 at 11:00AM.

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  • KEY/Arr. Damrosch The Star Spangled Banner
  • COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man
  • COHAN/Arr. Holcombe Cohan Medley
  • HAMLISCH Ordinary Miracles
  • WILLSON "Trouble" from The Music Man
  • Peter HAMLIN Excerpts from Symphony on a Stick
  • Traditional/arr. Holcombe Armed Forces Salute
  • BOUBLIL/SCHONBERG/arr. Bob Krogsdad Bring Him Home
  • ROBINSON The House I Live In
  • WARD/Arr. Jim Kessler America the Beautiful
  • TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture
  • SOUSA Stars and Stripes Forever


  • Joseph Giunta Conductor Bio
  • Hugh Panaro Vocalist Bio