Date set for Des Moines Symphony’s 2013 Yankee Doodle Pops

August 28, 2012

Joseph Giunta, Music Director & Conductor
Richard L. Early, Executive Director
Civic Center ● 221 Walnut Street ● Des Moines, IA 50309

Date: August 28, 2012

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DES MOINES – The date is set for the Des Moines Symphony’s 20th annual Yankee Doodle Pops. This FREE, outdoor concert at the Iowa State Capitol West Terrace will be held Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Maestro Joseph Giunta and the orchestra will once again take the

Music Director & Conductor Joseph Giunta leads the Des Moines Symphony in the 2012 Yankee Doodle Pops.

stage at 8:30 p.m. for Iowa’s largest and favorite Independence Day kickoff. The concert culminates with an extraordinary patriotic fanfare complete with the area’s premier fireworks display.

The Des Moines Symphony is pleased to announce that on July 3, 2012, music director and conductor Joseph Giunta led the musicians of the Des Moines Symphony in an exciting evening of patriotic music at the Des Moines Symphony’s 19th annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert event – a John Williams American Spectacular. Gov. Terry Branstad honored our military as the musicians performed the “Armed Forces Salute.” More than 100,000 enjoyed the concert event, held at the Iowa State Capitol’s West Terrace.

As part of the 19th annual Yankee Doodle Pops, the Des Moines Symphony and its partners, Bank of the West, Dahl’s Foods, KCCI, ARAG, DART, and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, held the fourth annual Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger: A Symphony of Caring, and collected 3,162 pounds of food for the Food Bank of Iowa. Nonperishable items were collected June 18-July 4 at area Bank of the West and Dahl’s Foods locations. Food was also donated at the Yankee Doodle Pops concert event, where Bank of the West presented a $10,000 check to assist the Food Bank. The Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger – both monetary and food donations – equated approximately 25,480 pounds of food donated to the Food Bank of Iowa.

Bob Dalrymple and Jodi Beller (right) with Bank of the West present Lindsay Pingel (left) of the Food Bank of Iowa with a $10,000 check in conjunction with the fourth annual Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger – A Symphony of Caring.

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 of Music and its numerous 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 this year attracted more than 100,000, the largest single day attendance of any concert event in the State.