Des Moines Symphony announces 2014-2015 Season

March 17, 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: March 17, 2014

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


DES MOINES  – The Des Moines Symphony is pleased to announce its exciting 2014-2015 Season! The 77th season is called Powerful Music … Something for Everyone – and in addition to our regular seven pairs of Masterworks concerts, and our New Year’s Eve Pops concert, we’ve added an additional pops concert: An Evening with Audra McDonald, in collaboration with Des Moines Performing Arts.

“In planning the Orchestra’s seventy-seventh season for you, I have programmed great music I know will appeal to everyone – from classical music lovers, to our youngest audience members, and to everyone in between,” said Joseph Giunta.

“Our musicians and I personally invite you to share these experiences with us and create memories that will last a lifetime.”

Season highlights include:

  • Our signature series – seven pairs of Masterworks concerts – opens in September with Igor Stravinsky’s colorful twentieth-century masterpiece, The Firebird.
  • To celebrate Iowa’s beautiful autumn season, Joseph Giunta has invited acclaimed Avery Fisher Career Grant-winner and one of classical music’s brightest stars Anne Akiko Meyers back for her third visit with the Des Moines Symphony to play Vivaldi’s famous and fiery Four Seasons in October.
  • In November, we collaborate for the fifth time with the Chicago Symphony and go Beyond the Score in a media-rich presentation of Beethoven’s powerful and fateful Fifth Symphony.
  • Joseph Giunta’s friend Jorge Mester conducts the Orchestra in February, leading our musicians in repertoire he is world-renowned for, including Debussy’s impressionistic depiction of the sea: La Mer.
  • We close the season on Memorial Day Weekend with Copland’s iconic Appalachian Spring in a special Memorial Day Tribute honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation.
  • New this year is an additional Pops concert! In collaboration with Des Moines Performing Arts, we’ve added another Pops concert, this year featuring the incomparable American singer and actress Audra McDonald, whom The New York Times describes as “absolutely thrilling” and a “defining voice of our time.”
  • Our annual New Year’s Eve Pops spectacular, which continues to sell out year after year, will wow once again with Cirque de la Symphonie, featuring flying aerialists defying gravity with feats of artistry and strength.


2014-2015 subscription packages guarantee the best seats for Masterworks concerts, and are available with no price increase over last year. Subscriptions may be purchased at, by calling 515.280.4004, or in person 9a-5p at the Civic Center Ticket Office (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines) and at any remaining concert of the 2013-2014 season. Special add-on pops concerts (New Year’s Eve Pops: Cirque de la Symphonie and An Evening with Audra McDonald) may only be purchased with a subscription at this time. An on-sale date for any remaining tickets will be announced at a later time.

2014-2015 Masterworks concerts, 7:30 p.m. Saturdays & 2:30 p.m. Sundays at the Des Moines Civic Center (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines IA, 50309):




2014-2015 Pops concerts, at the Des Moines Civic Center (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines IA, 50309):

Visit for complete season details and for 2014-2015 Season high resolution photos. Watch our season announcement video here.

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 $2.8 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 Des Moines Civic Center. The Des Moines Symphony also produces and performs its 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-