75th Anniversary Season Finale: Grieg Piano Concerto and Mahler 5

April 23, 2013

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: April 23, 2013

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



DES MOINES  – The Des Moines Symphony concludes its 2012-2013 75th Anniversary Season with Season Finale: Grieg Piano Concerto & Mahler 5, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11 & 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 12 at the Civic Center (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines).

Grieg’s Piano Concerto is one of the most beloved and recognizable works of all time—from the dramatic cascade of chords that opens the masterpiece to its triumphant ending. It is especially illuminating when performed by Joyce Yang, the young “million-volt” Van Cliburn Silver Medalist. And Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, with nearly 100 of our gifted musicians revealing the tremendous artistic achievements of your Des Moines Symphony Orchestra over the past 75 years—this emotional and transformational piece will leave you breathless. Experience the excitement of these concerts with this radio spot (AUDIO).

“Performing a Mahler symphony is always an exciting challenge for any orchestra. The Fifth is full of passion, nostalgia and brass fanfares, and it has a finale that always brings audiences to their feet.  This piece coupled with Grieg’s riveting Piano Concerto performed by vibrant pianist Joyce Yang, will make a splendid program full of variety and appeal, and it is a fitting way to end the 75th anniversary celebrating the Des Moines Symphony,” said Music Director & Conductor Joseph Giunta.

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.

Single tickets are on sale and may be purchased by visiting dmsymphony.org, calling Ticketmaster at 1.800.745.3000 or at 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 available 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.

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

Visit dmsymphony.org/orchestra/concerts-and-events for complete season details.

For questions or to interview Joseph Giunta or Joyce Yang, 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.

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-