Des Moines Symphony’s Season Finale – Memorial Day Tribute – Appalachian Spring concerts, May 23 & 24, 2015

May 7, 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: May 7, 2015

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


Season Finale: A Memorial Day Tribute – Appalachian Spring

DES MOINES  – The Des Moines Symphony concludes its 2014-2015 77th Season with its Season Finale concerts: A Memorial Day Tribute – Appalachian Spring, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015 & 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 2015 – Memorial Day Weekend –  at the Des Moines Civic Center (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines).

Experience Copland’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Appalachian Spring, one of the most iconic pieces of music ever written. The evocative film music of John Williams: The Patriot, Lincoln, Midway and Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan, honors those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy. And, as an encore to the hugely successful Symphony In Sculpture, we have commissioned Steve Heitzeg to compose a new work, Symphony In Sculpture II, inspired by the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, including its newest addition, Olafur Eliasson’s colorful Panoramic Awareness Pavilion. All active and retired military will be recognized during each concert. View the full program here.

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.

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.

SPECIAL TICKET PRICING FOR ACTIVE AND RETIRED MILITARY: $10 per ticket for these concerts with a military ID or proof of service in person at the Civic Center Ticket Office. Limit four per person.

For questions, 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-