Masterworks 2: Scottish Fantasy & Rosenkavalier

October 7, 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: October 7, 2013

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


DES MOINES  – The Des Moines Symphony continues its 2013-2014 76th Anniversary Season – and Music Director and Conductor Joseph Giunta’s 25th Season – with Scottish Fantasy & Rosenkavalier, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 19 & 2:30 p.m. Sunday, October 20 at the Des Moines Civic Center (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines).

Joseph Giunta has engaged Japanese violinist Fumiaki Miura, winner of the International Joseph Joachim Violin Competition, to make his Des Moines Symphony debut in Bruch’s robust Scottish Fantasy. The program opens with Wagner’s Overture to Rienzi, a piece that Joseph Giunta conducted in 1989 for his debut concert as Music Director & Conductor of the Des Moines Symphony. He also conducted it in 1998 for his tenth anniversary season and again in 2008. The program concludes with music from Der Rosenkavalier, one of the most beloved of all operas, gilded with moving melodies and lush orchestrations. The concerts are sponsored by Kemin Industries, Inc. Athene, West Bank and Dr. Stephen C. Smith.

“When Fumiaki Miura was first brought to my attention two years ago in New York, I knew I had to invite him to Des Moines for his Iowa debut,” Joseph Giunta said.

“Wagner’s Rienzi Overture holds a special place in my heart, since it was the first piece I conducted with the Des Moines Symphony 25 years ago, and I am pleased to bring it back. And, the music from Strauss’ opera Der Rosenkavalier is so moving, it was arranged for symphony orchestra. This Suite is renowned for its lush melodies, rich harmonic progressions and variety of moods – from passion to comedy.”

  • Experience Scottish Fantasy & Rosenkavalier with this audio spot.
  • Read the Scottish Fantasy & Rosenkavalier program notes here.
  • Find out where to park, where to eat and what to expect in this visitor’s guide.

SPECIAL PARKING NOTE: The IMT Des Moines Marathon takes place on Oct. 20 and there will be a number of road closures around the Civic Center. Please allow for extra time getting to the Civic Center, and we recommend parking in the 5th & Walnut and 4th & Grand parking ramps. View complete details here, and a map including suggested routes, handicapped drop-off and more here.

Arrive 45 minutes early to each performance and join music enthusiast Arlene DeVries in the East Lobby for her Concert Prelude Talks to learn about the composers and pieces. Concert Prelude Talks are free, and all are welcome.

Single tickets are on sale and may be purchased by visiting, by calling Ticketmaster at 1.800.745.3000 or at the Civic Center Ticket Office at 221 Walnut Street. The Ticket Office is open M-F (9am-5pm) and two hours prior to each performance. Tickets are $15-$55 with students at half price in all sections. Student rush tickets, subject to availability, are available on concert days at the Civic Center Ticket Office. $5 rush tickets are available for students with a valid junior high or high school ID, and $10 rush tickets are available for all other students.

For questions or to interview Joseph Giunta or Fumiaki Miura, please contact Sophia S. Ahmad at or 515.280.4000, ext. 4011. Visit us at and

Des Moines Symphony’s 2013-2014 Season:

Sep 14 & 15: Season Debut – From Russia With Ilya
Oct 19 & 20: Scottish Fantasy & Rosenkavalier
Nov 16 & 17: Beyond the Score: The Planets – Other Worlds?
Dec 31: New Year’s Eve Pops: The Hit Men – The Real ‘Jersey Boys’
Feb 15 & 16: Romantic Rhapsody In Blue: The Gershwin Experience
Mar 15 & 16: The Moldau & Dvorak
Apr 12 & 13: Giunta Conducts Beethoven: Eroica
May 10 & 11: Season Finale – Brahms 1 & Grosvenor Plays Saint-Saens

Visit for complete season details.

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 $2.5 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-