75th Anniversary Season Debut: Scheherazade & Nomade, Sep 29 & 30

September 6, 2012

Joseph Giunta, Music Director & Conductor
Richard L. Early, Executive Director
The Temple for Performing Arts ● 1011 Locust Street, Suite 200 ● Des Moines, IA 50309

Date: September 4, 2012

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



DES MOINES  – The Des Moines Symphony begins its 2012-2013 75th Anniversary Season with Scheherazade & Nomade, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 29 & 2:30 p.m. Sunday, September 30 at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. Single tickets are on sale Friday, September 7.

Our 75th Anniversary Season debuts with the world premiere of a new piece – Symphony In Sculpturewritten by Midwest composer Steve Heitzeg and generously underwritten by John and Mary Pappajohn for this special occasion. This work portrays in music the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park — with beautiful visuals. That and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, a stunning and opulent depiction of Arabian Nights, will make for an unforgettable, celebratory concert event. The concert opens with Korngold’s Overture to Captain Blood and Wagner’s Preludes to Act I & III from Lohengrin.

“Leading the Orchestra during its 75th Anniversary Season is a great honor.  There is no question in my mind that our Central Iowa audiences will hear the best orchestra Des Moines has ever had, performing better than many orchestras in cities three or four times larger than Des Moines,” Music Director & Conductor Joseph Giunta said.

“The opening concerts are filled with a wide variety of music, including a world premiere of Symphony In Sculpture by my friend, composer Steve Heitzeg, inspired by the Pappajohn Sculpture Park as well as the provocative and mesmerizing tone poem Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov.”

Arrive 45 minutes early to each performance and join music enthusiast Arlene DeVries in the East Lobby for her Concert Prelude Talks to learn about the composers and pieces. Concert Prelude Talks are free, and all are welcome.


In anticipation of the 75th Anniversary Season Debut, the Des Moines Symphony is pleased to announce its second annual Des Moines Symphony Week, held September 24-28 at various locations throughout the city! Young professionals can enjoy a cash bar and complimentary appetizers while learning about Symphony In Sculpture at Symphony With A Twist (September 26). The public can take interactive tours through the Pappajohn Sculpture Park (September 24, 26 and 28) and hear a lecture by Symphony In Sculpture composer Steve Heitzeg at the Des Moines Art Center (September 27). Find details about those activities, “Where’s Joe?” dining specials, surprise performances by our Orchestra musicians and more at here.


Join us at 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 29 for a special dinner adjacent to the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, hosted by honorary co-chairs, John and Mary Pappajohn. Tickets are $175-$375. Contact Elaine at 515.280.4000, ext. 4017 or elaine@dmsymphony.org for tickets.


Single tickets are on sale September 7 and may be purchased by visiting dmsymphony.org, calling Ticketmaster at 1.800.745.3000 or visiting the Civic Center Ticket Office at 221 Walnut Street. The Ticket Office is open M-F (9am-5pm) and two hours prior to each performance. Tickets are $15-$55 with students at half price in all sections.  Student rush tickets, subject to availability, are obtainable on concert days at the Civic Center Ticket Office. $5 rush tickets are available for students with a valid junior high or high school ID, and $10 rush tickets are available for all other students.

In addition, Season Ticket Subscription Packages are still available for all performances in the 2012-2013 Masterworks series. Flex Plans (four tickets to any concert) start at $144 for adults and $72 for students. Subscriptions to all seven Masterworks concerts start at $238 for adults and $119 for students. In addition, college students can take advantage of the new Collegiate 7 plan and pay just $40 for seven Masterworks concerts with a valid college ID. Visit dmsymphony.org for details.

Des Moines Symphony’s 2012-2013 Masterworks Season:

  • Sept. 29 & 30: Season Debut: Scheherazade & Nomade
  • Oct. 27 & 28: Symphonie Fantastique
  • Dec. 1 & 2: Liszt & The Italian
  • Feb. 23 & 24: Nadja Plays Mendelssohn
  • March 16 & 17: Beyond The Score: Tchaikovsky 4
  • April 13 & 14: Carmina Burana
  • May 11 & 12: Season Finale: Grieg Piano Concerto & Mahler 5

For questions about this performance or to interview Joseph Giunta or Steve Heitzeg, please contact Sophia Ahmad at Sophia@dmsymphony.org or 515.280.4000, ext. 4011. Visit us at Facebook.com/DMSymphony and Twitter.com/DMSymphony.
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-