Des Moines Symphony’s 2014-2015 Season Finale: Brahms, Grosvenor & Afternoon of a Faun

April 23, 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: April 23, 2014

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



DES MOINES  – The Des Moines Symphony concludes its 2013-2014 76th Anniversary Season – and Music Director and Conductor Joseph Giunta’s 25th Season – with Masterworks 7: Season Finale: Brahms, Grosvenor & Afternoon of a Faun, Mother’s Day Weekend, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10 & 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 11, 2014 –  at the Des Moines Civic Center (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines).

At just 21 years old, pianist Benjamin Grosvenor has electrified the classical music world with his spell-binding performancesThe Daily Telegraph named him one of the “Top 10 Britons of the Year” and he is Gramophone’s youngest ever double-award winner. Joseph Giunta concludes his 25th Anniversary Season with one of the most famous impressionist works, Debussy’s beautiful Faun, plus Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture and Brahms’ majestic First Symphony.

“I chose Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture because it was one of the first pieces I conducted with the Orchestra,” said Des Moines Symphony Music Director & Conductor Joseph Giunta.

“Brahms’ First Symphony is my favorite of his four, and I am eager to present to our wonderful Des Moines audiences the young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, who I first heard at the London Proms several summers ago.  His career is really taking off and his playing is virtuosic, lyrical and sensitive – the perfect style for Saint-Saens’ melodic and charming Second Piano Concerto.”

These concerts’ Patron Sponsors are Tom & Linda Koehn, Richard & Jeanne Levitt, John Merriman & Barbara Beatty, Stanley & Gail Richards, Audrey & Harlan Rosenberg and Drs. Robert & Rebecca Shaw. McGladrey is the Partner Sponsor for these concerts.

Arrive 45 minutes early to each performance and join music enthusiast Arlene DeVries in the Prairie Meadows (East) Lobby for a Concert Prelude Talk to learn about the composers and pieces. Concert Prelude Talks are free and open to the public.

Tickets: Single tickets are $15-$55
 and are available through Ticketmaster (up until two hours prior to performances) and the Civic Center Ticket Office (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines; open 9a-5p Monday through Friday and two hours prior to performances). Student tickets are $7.50-$27.50 and are available through the Civic Center Ticket Office. Student rush tickets, subject to availability, are $5 for junior high and high school students and $10 for all other students the day of the concert through the Civic Center Ticket Office. Tickets will be available at the door.

For questions or to interview Joseph Giunta or Benjamin Grosvenor, please contact Sophia S. Ahmad at or 515.280.4000, ext. 4011. Visit us at and

Des Moines Symphony’s 2013-2014 Season:

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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 $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 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-