Dates set for Des Moines Symphony’s 2016 and 2017 Yankee Doodle Pops

July 14, 2015


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 14, 2015

DesMoinesSymphonys23rdAnnualYankeeDoodlePopsContact: Sophia S. Ahmad, Director of Marketing & Public Relations ● 515.280.4000, ext. 4011 ●


DES MOINES – The Des Moines Symphony has announced the 2016 and 2017 dates for the Des Moines Symphony’s annual Yankee Doodle Pops, Iowa’s largest single-day concert event:

  • The Des Moines Symphony’s 23rd annual Yankee Doodle Pops: Friday, July 1, 2016
  • The Des Moines Symphony’s 24th annual Yankee Doodle Pops: Monday, July 3, 2017

Both concerts will take place at 8:30pm on the West Terrace of the Iowa State Capitol. Each FREE patriotic concert event culminates with Central Iowa’s premier fireworks display.

On July 2, 2015, Music Director & Conductor Joseph Giunta led the musicians of the Des Moines Symphony in an exciting evening of patriotic favorites and music that paid homage to our state at the Des Moines Symphony’s 22nd Yankee Doodle Pops, which was themed Iowa: America’s Musical Heartland and attracted an audience of 100,000. Highlights included:

  • The Orchestra premiered three movements from the newly-commissioned Symphony On A Stick, which depicts in music the sights and sounds of the Iowa State Fair. The piece receives its full world premiere in September.
  • Three-time Tony Award-winning Bridges of Madison County composer Jason Robert Brown guest-conducted the Orchestra in music from this Broadway musical.
  • Broadway stars Christiane Noll and Hugh Panaro sang music from State Fair, The Music Man and more.
  • Iowa’s own opera star Simon Estes surprised the audience with a rousing rendition of Old Man River.
  •  Gov. Terry Branstad honored our military as the Orchestra performed the Armed Forces Salute.

The Des Moines Symphony is a not-for-profit, professional orchestra formed in 1937 to enrich, educate and inspire 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 four youth orchestras, and supports the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra which performs seven pairs of Masterworks concerts, a Pops series including the traditional New Year’s Eve Pops, education, outreach and family concerts, and other special events in its home at the Des Moines Civic Center. The organization also produces and performs the Des Moines Symphony’s annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert in July on the grounds of the Iowa State Capitol, which attracts more than 100,000, the largest single day attendance of any concert event in the State.