Des Moines Symphony’s 20th annual Yankee Doodle Pops: Wed Jul 3, 2013

June 12, 2013

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: June 12, 2013

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


DES MOINES – Music Director & Conductor Joseph Giunta and the gifted musicians of the Des Moines Symphony are pleased to present the Des Moines Symphony’s 20th annual Yankee Doodle Pops, Iowa’s largest single-day concert event. This FREE, outdoor patriotic concert takes place Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 8:30 p.m. on the West Terrace of the Iowa State Capitol. The Des Moines Symphony performs at 8:30 p.m., and a prelude concert, featuring the Turner Center Jazz Orchestra as part of Metro Arts’ Jazz in July series, begins at 6:30 p.m. The evening culminates with the Des Moines Symphony’s premier fireworks display lighting up the Des Moines skyline.

This year’s concert is themed Road Trip U.S.A. – An American Journey. For the eleventh consecutive year, Iowa Public Radio will broadcast the performance live, and Mediacom will rebroadcast the concert statewide on its MC22 Channel at 7 p.m. on July 4 and 5. The winner of the Des Moines Symphony’s fourth annual “Oh Say, Can You Sing?” competition, held June 14 adjacent to the Des Moines Symphony Academy (The Temple for Performing Arts in downtown Des Moines), opens the concert with The Star-Spangled Banner.

An estimated crowd of more than 100,000 attended the 2012 Yankee Doodle Pops. With the generous support of its sponsors, the Des Moines Symphony takes great pride in producing this FREE concert to thank the community for its support during the last 76 years. The Symphony continues its community giving by partnering with Bank of the West, Dahl’s Foods and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, to help fill the Food Bank of Iowa with the fifth annual Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger: A Symphony of Caring.  During the concert, any attendee who donates at least two non-perishable food items will receive a discount coupon to a Des Moines Symphony 2013-2014 Season Masterworks Concert. The food drop-off location during the event is on Finkbine Street. Donations are also accepted June 10-July 4 at area Bank of the West and Dahl’s Foods locations.

Vendors (including Dahl’s Foods and Iowa Machine Shed) selling a variety of foods and drinks will be stationed on Finkbine Drive (located between the stage and the Capitol). The orchestra will perform on a stage facing the Capitol (off of E. Locust and E. 7th/Penn). At the conclusion of the concert, fireworks will be launched from the Grand Avenue bridge over the downtown skyline. Parking is available in designated downtown lots. A drop off for those with physical disabilities is located at the corner of Grand Avenue and East 9th Street. DART will detour its D-Line and extend the shuttle’s hours to accommodate Yankee Doodle Pops attendees. Families are encouraged to arrive early and bring blankets and lawn chairs onto the Capitol lawn. Sparklers, alcohol and smoking are not permitted on State grounds.

The Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops is presented by Bank of the West and Dahl’s Foods, with support from BRAVO Greater Des Moines and the Polk County Board of SupervisorsKCCI-TV8 and Lite 104.1 are the concert’s media sponsors.

The Viewing Party for Yankee Doodle Pops
is the Des Moines Symphony’s premier annual fundraising event. Guests will enjoy a cocktail hour with cash bar followed by delicious summer fare from Baratta’s. During the concert, attendees will watch a live telecast of the Symphony on the terrace, bid on silent auction items and watch the fireworks from the State Historical Building terrace. A limited number of Viewing Party tickets are available for $75 per person or $700 for a table of ten and can be purchased at or by calling 515.280.4000, ext. 4017.

Please visit for full program details or for more information on the Des Moines Symphony’s 2013-2014 season. For questions about this concert or to interview Joseph Giunta, please contact Sophia S. Ahmad at or 515.280.4000 ext. 4011.

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-