Des Moines Symphony receives 2013 Bravo Encore Award

February 5, 2013

Bravo Greater Des Moines Executive Director MD Isley, businesswoman and Bravo Encore Award Committee chair Connie Wimer, Des Moines Symphony Board of Trustees Co-Presidents Christine L. Hensley and Steven M. Nadel, Des Moines Symphony Music Director & Conductor Joseph Giunta, Des Moines Symphony Executive Director Richard L. Early and Bravo Greater Des Moines Board President Sharon Krause. (Christopher Maharry)

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: February 5, 2013

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DES MOINES  – The Des Moines Symphony is the recipient of the 2013 Bravo Encore Award. This third annual award honors a Bravo-funded arts-focused organization that demonstrates sustainable, entrepreneurial and innovative programming in the 2011 and/or 2012 calendar years.

“The Des Moines Symphony has certainly earned this year’s Bravo Encore Award,” MD Isley, Executive Director of Bravo Greater Des Moines said.

“During the past several years, the Symphony has focused on sustainability by generating significant increases in attendance and the establishment of an impressive endowment campaign. They’ve also demonstrated their power to innovate through the creation of Symphony In Sculpture, a collaborative, groundbreaking piece of work that connects two prime assets of sight and sound in our community – a great example of ‘art creating art.’ Congratulations!”

The Des Moines Symphony was presented with the Encore Award Saturday, Feb. 2 by business leader Connie Wimer at the 8th Annual Bravo Greater Des Moines Gala.

“This is an especially great honor coming during the Symphony’s 75th Anniversary Season,” said Des Moines Symphony Music Director & Conductor Joseph Giunta.

“It is a testament to the outstanding work of our professional musicians, our excellent Board and staff and the loyalty of our many patrons and subscribers over the years that have created this great institution and assured that Des Moines and Central Iowa has not just a symphony orchestra that plays at the highest standards, but one that represents all the great aspects of our region. We’re grateful to Bravo Greater Des Moines for its ongoing financial and organizational support of the Des Moines Symphony.”

Bravo Greater Des Moines, The Region’s Arts Council is a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the metro’s arts and cultural community as a key element of a world-class quality of life.  Bravo Greater Des Moines provides a collaborative focus to nurture and grow the arts by increasing funding through public and private sources.  More information can be found at 

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-