Des Moines Symphony’s 21st annual Yankee Doodle Pops: Thu Jul 3, 2014

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Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 8:30 p.m. Buy Tickets

West Terrace, Iowa State Capitol

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Join us for the Des Moines Symphony’s 21st annual Yankee Doodle Pops, Iowa’s largest single-day concert event! This year’s theme is Our Greatest Generation — Honoring America’s Heroes. This family-friendly and patriotic concert concludes with the area’s premier fireworks display over the downtown Des Moines skyline, and best of all, it’s FREE! Bring your picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs, or purchase food from an array of vendors at the concert.

  • Iowa Public Radio will broadcast the concert live, and Mediacom will rebroadcast the concert.
  • A Jazz in July Prelude Concert, featuring Parranderos Latin Combo, begins at 6:30 p.m.
  • Participate in the Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger by bringing a non-perishable food item to the concert, and receive a discount offer for the Des Moines Symphony’s 2014-2015 Masterworks Season.
  • Handicapped parking is available in State Lot 10, near the intersection of Grand and Finkbine.

PROGRAM: Our Greatest Generation — Honoring America’s Heroes

(Program subject to change)
Joseph Giunta, conducting

 KEY/ Arr. Damrosch          The Star-Spangled Banner
John WILLIAMS/ Arr. Custer          Summon the Heroes
GOULD          American Salute (When Johnny Comes Marching Home)

Iowa’s Own / A Salute to Glenn Miller and the USO
Arr. Holcombe          American Patrol
Arr. Holcombe          Moonlight Serenade
Arr. Holcombe          In The Mood
Traditional/ Arr. Holcombe     Armed Forces Salute                                                                

John WILLIAMS          Midway March
John WILLIAMS          Hymn to the Fallen
John WILLIAMS          Liberty Fanfare
BERLIN/ Arr. Healy          God Bless America
TCHAIKOVSKY          1812 Overture
SOUSA          Hands Across the Sea
BAGLEY          National Emblem March
SOUSA          The Stars & Stripes Forever

FOOD VENDORS (on Finkbine):

Benoit Concessions
Brandmeyer Popcorn
Kabab House
Mediterranean Grill
Nana’s Sweet Treats
Nitro Ice Cream
Over the Top Ice Cream



Handicapped accessibility

  • Capitol lots 9 & 10 will be available for handicapped parking. Only those with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) parking tags or plates will be allowed in these lots.
  • A drop off for those with physical disabilities is located at the corner of Grand Avenue and East 9th (Finkbine) Street.
  • Additional handicapped parking spots may be available in Capitol lots 1, 2, 8, 11, 15, 19, 24, PS1.


  • For on-site medical needs, please visit the medical unit on Finkbine or a uniformed on-site police officer.


  • For safety and security needs or concerns, please visit the Iowa State Patrol Command Center on Finkbine or notify a uniformed on-site police officer.
  • Members of the Iowa National Guard will set off four howitzer cannons, as designated in the musical score, during Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Oveture. The cannons will be located in the west corner of the triangle bounded by the Public Safety Parking lot, Walnut Street and Finkbine.
NO alcohol YES all ages welcome
NO audio or video recording devices YES cell phones
NO smoking YES digital cameras
NO laser pens or similar focused light YES fanny packs/purses
NO musical instruments YES film cameras
NO sparklers YES hats
NO fireworks YES picnic baskets
NO frisbees YES blankets
NO illegal drugs/paraphernalia YES strollers
NO bicycles in Capitol grass/gardens YES dogs on leashes
NO unlicensed vending YES sun block
NO weapons YES sunglasses
NO distribution of flyers/paraphernalia YES great energy/big smiles

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