Des Moines Symphony’s Masterworks 6 – Roman Returns: Dvorak Cello Concerto: Apr 18 & 19, 2015

April 8, 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: April 8, 2015

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

Masterworks 6: Roman Returns: Dvořák Cello Concerto

DES MOINES  – The Des Moines Symphony continues its 2014-2015 77th Season with Masterworks 6: Roman Returns: Dvořák Cello Concerto, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015 & 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the Des Moines Civic Center (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines).

Cellist Joshua Roman, described as “a cellist of extraordinary technical and musical gifts,” makes his much-anticipated return to the Des Moines Symphony in Dvořák’s dramatic and virtuosic Cello Concerto. Sibelius’ romantic Second Symphony is the composer’s most popular, with majestic, heroic melodies and an epic conclusion. The program opens with John Adams’ The Chairman Dances. The Legal Circle is the Guest Artist Sponsor for this program.

Arrive 45 minutes early to each performance and join Arlene DeVries in the Stoner Theater (new location) for a Concert Prelude Talk to learn about the composers and pieces. Concert Prelude Talks are free and open to the public.


The Des Moines Symphony celebrates its third annual Des Moines Symphony Academy Day with free tickets for the first 200 students (ages 7-18) for the Sunday, April 19 concert. Complimentary tickets must be requested at the Civic Center Ticket Office by Friday, Apr 17. Limit of four tickets per family or group. John Deere is the exclusive sponsor of Symphony Academy Day.

“These free tickets allow kids who may have never heard a professional orchestra to experience it live,” said Symphony Academy Managing Director Joshua Barlage.

“The Des Moines Symphony Academy is a community of musical excellence, and education is at the heart of what we do. We want kids in the Des Moines community to be able to experience this great music. It will be an enriching experience with memories to last a lifetime.”

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. Students must present a valid student ID to receive student pricing. Tickets will be available at the door.

For questions or to interview Joshua Roman, please contact Sophia S. Ahmad at or 515.280.4000, ext. 4011. Visit us at and

Des Moines Symphony’s 2014-2015 Masterworks Season:
Sep 27 & 28: Season Debut – The Firebird
Oct 25 & 26: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons
Nov 15 & 16: Beethoven’s Fifth – Beyond the Score: Fate Knocks?
Feb 7 & 8: Jorge Mester Conducts La Mer
Mar 28 & 29: Giunta Conducts Mozart, Chopin & Les Preludes
Apr 18 & 19: Roman Returns – Dvorak Cello Concerto
May 23 & 24 (Memorial Day Weekend):  Season Finale: Appalachian Spring – A Memorial Day Tribute

Des Moines Symphony’s 2014-2015 Pops Concerts:
Dec 31: New Year’s Eve Pops: Cirque de la Symphonie
Feb 21: Audra McDonald In Concert (in collaboration with Des Moines Performing Arts)

Visit for complete season details.

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-