Date set for Des Moines Symphony’s 22nd annual Yankee Doodle Pops: Thu Jul 2, 2015

July 8, 2014

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: July 8, 2014

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


DES MOINES – The Des Moines Symphony’s 22nd annual Yankee Doodle Pops will be held Thursday, July 2, 2015 on the West Terrace of the Iowa State Capitol. Music Director & Conductor Joseph Giunta and the Orchestra will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. for Iowa’s largest single-day concert event. The FREE patriotic concert event, which also includes a concert prelude and a variety of food vendors, culminates with Central Iowa’s premier fireworks display.

On July 3, 2014, Music Director & Conductor Joseph Giunta led the musicians of the Des Moines Symphony in an exciting evening of patriotic music at the Des Moines Symphony’s 21st annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert, themed Our Greatest Generation – Honoring America’s Heroes. Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds honored our military as the Orchestra performed the Armed Forces Salute, and Gov. Terry Branstad along with Casey’s General Stores President and CEO Bob Myers presented about the Home Base Iowa initiative. An estimated audience of 100,000 enjoyed the concert, held at the Iowa State Capitol’s West Terrace.

The Des Moines Symphony is a not-for-profit, 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 $3 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, pops and family concerts,  and other special events in its home at the Des Moines Civic Center. 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 for the past several years attracted more than 100,000, the largest single day attendance of any concert event in the State. -DMSO-