Carmina Burana: Celebrating All Things Drake

April 1, 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 1, 2013

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



DES MOINES  – The Des Moines Symphony continues its 2012-2013 75th Anniversary Season with Carmina Burana: Celebrating All Things Drake, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13 & 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14 at the Civic Center (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines).

The Des Moines Symphony began in 1937 as the Drake/Des Moines Symphony and with these concerts, we celebrate that important partnership and honor the Orchestra’s rich history with Drake University. Thousands will experience Orff’s monumental Carmina Burana with massed choirs and more than 400 performers on stage —musical grandeur and power that will raise the roof of the Civic Center! This is the first time Joseph Giunta conducts Carmina Burana and the first time in more than 30 years this piece will be performed by the Des Moines Symphony. Soloists are soprano Carrie Ellen Giunta, tenor and Richard F. Gold Career Grant winner Christopher Pfund (brother of Orchestra violinist Linda Pfund Swanson), and baritone Robert Orth. These concerts are presented by EMC Insurance Companies.

Also on the concert is Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, in which the Drake Symphony Orchestra will perform alongside the professional Orchestra, and Krommer’s Concerto For Two Clarinets, featuring Orchestra principal clarinetist Gregory Oakes and Orchestra clarinetist and Drake University professor Clarence Padilla. Experience the excitement of these concerts with this radio spot (AUDIO).

“Conducting a piece of music for the first time is always exciting. Carmina Burana – premiered in the same year as the first Drake/Des Moines Symphony Season – is a celebration of life that requires an enormous number of performers.  I look forward to these concerts, which honor our history with Drake and highlight the rich artistic talents of our Orchestra,” 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, 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.

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. Visit or call 515.280.4004 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

Visit for complete season details.

For questions or to interview Joseph Giunta, please contact Sophia S. Ahmad at or 515.280.4000, ext. 4011. Visit us at and

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-