Des Moines Symphony’s 22nd annual Yankee Doodle Pops: Thursday, July 2, 2015

June 18, 2015


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 18, 2015

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 22nd annual Yankee Doodle Pops, Iowa’s largest single-day concert event. This FREE, outdoor patriotic concert takes place Thursday, July 2, 2015 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 concert prelude, featuring the Turner Center Jazz Orchestra, begins at 6:30 p.m. The evening culminates with the Des Moines Symphony’s premier fireworks display over the Des Moines skyline.

This year’s concert theme is Iowa: America’s Musical Heartland, and the program features music inspired by our great state — including several movements from the new Des Moines Symphony-commissioned work, Symphony On A Stick, which depicts in music the sights and sounds of the Iowa State Fair. The Des Moines Symphony is also pleased to partner with Des Moines Performing Arts to bring three-time Tony Award®-winning The Bridges of Madison County composer Jason Robert Brown to conduct the Orchestra in selections from this Broadway musical. Bridges is famously set in Iowa and launches its national tour in November at the Des Moines Civic Center.

For the thirteenth consecutive year, Iowa Public Radio will broadcast the Orchestra’s performance live, and Mediacom will rebroadcast the concert statewide on its MC22 Channel at 7 p.m. on July 3 and 4. Dallas Norton, winner of the Des Moines Symphony’s sixth annual “Oh Say, Can You Sing?” competition, will open the Des Moines Symphony’s 22nd 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 100,000 concert-goers attended the 2014 Yankee Doodle Pops. With the generous support of its sponsors, the Des Moines Symphony takes great pleasure in producing this FREE concert to thank the community for its support over the past 78 seasons. The Symphony continues its community giving by partnering with Bank of the West, Hy-Vee, Casey’s General Stores, the Polk County Board of Supervisors, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds and KCCI to help fill the Food Bank of Iowa with the seventh 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 2015-2016 Season Masterworks Concert. The food drop-off location during the event is on Finkbine Drive (located between the stage and the Capitol). Donations are also accepted through July 5 at area Bank of the West and Hy-Vee locations.

Food and drink vendors (including Hy-Vee, Nitro Ice Cream, Jose’s Tacos, Karam’s Mediterranean Grill, Rita’s Water Ice, Willie’s BBQ, Brandmeyer Popcorn and Nana’s Sweet Treats) selling a variety of foods and drinks will be stationed on Finkbine Drive. 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, weapons of any kind and smoking are not permitted on State Capitol grounds. View complete concert details at

The Viewing Party for Yankee Doodle Pops
is the Des Moines Symphony’s premier annual fundraising event. Guests will enjoy 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 best 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 with questions.

Please visit for full program details or for more information on the Des Moines Symphony’s 2015-2016 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 inspire 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 $3 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, Pops concerts including the traditional New Year’s Eve Pops, 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-