Des Moines Symphony’s 21st annual Yankee Doodle Pops: Thursday, July 3, 2014

June 20, 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: June 20, 2014

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 21st annual Yankee Doodle Pops, Iowa’s largest single-day concert event. This FREE, outdoor patriotic concert takes place Thursday, July 3, 2014 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 Parranderos Latin Combo 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 theme is Our Greatest Generation – Honoring America’s Heroes. For the twelfth 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. After placing as a finalist and then securing 2,013 online votes, Samuel Nolte was declared the winner of the Des Moines Symphony’s fifth annual “Oh Say, Can You Sing?” competition. He will open the Des Moines Symphony’s 21st annual Yankee Doodle Pops with The Star-Spangled Banner.


The Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops is presented by Bank of the West and supported by Casey’s General Stores and Hy-Vee, with additional support from BRAVO Greater Des Moines and the Polk County Board of Supervisors. KCCI-TV8 and MORE 104.1 are the concert event’s media sponsors.


An estimated crowd of more than 100,000 attended the 2013 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 77 years. The Symphony continues its community giving by partnering with Bank of the West, Hy-Vee, Casey’s General Stores and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, to help fill the Food Bank of Iowa with the sixth 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 2014-2015 Season Masterworks Concert. The food drop-off location during the event is on Finkbine Street. Donations are also accepted through July 6 at area Bank of the West and Hy-Vee locations.


Vendors (including Hy-Vee, Nadine & Dad’s Bar-B-Que, Nitro Ice Cream, Over the Top Ice Cream, Benoit Concessions, Brandmeyer Popcorn and Nana’s Sweet Treats) 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 FREE D-Line and extend the shuttle’s hours to accommodate Des Moines Symphony’s 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 Viewing Party for Yankee Doodle Pops
is the Des Moines Symphony’s premier annual fundraising event. Guests will be treated to a gourmet picnic meal, the opportunity to bid on silent auction items and premium, reserved parking. Once the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra takes the stage, guests will enjoy up-close views of the musicians on a high-quality HD outdoor video and sound wall, followed by the fest view of the fireworks. A limited number of Viewing Party tickets are available for $75 per person ($25 tax-deductible) and can be purchased at Please call 515.280.4000, ext. 4017 with questions.


Please visit for full program details or for more information on the Des Moines Symphony’s 2014-2015 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, 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-