Masterworks 3 – Beyond the Score – The Planets – Other Worlds?

November 6, 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: November 6, 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 Beyond the Score: The Planets, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 16 & 2:30 p.m. Sunday, November 17 at the Des Moines Civic Center (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines).

The Planets is a must-hear-it-live, bucket-list work of monumental proportions. Audiences will experience the solar system like never before as the planets have been set in one of the most riveting pieces of music ever composed, with blazing brass and 100 musicians filling the Civic Center. After a revealing multimedia first half – with stunning visuals on a giant screen, actors and a narrator – audiences will hear this epic work in full, highlighting the dynamic range and full orchestral force of the Des Moines Symphony.

The Gabus Family Foundation is the presenting sponsor of these concerts. Principal Financial Group is the guest artist sponsor; and Gabus Automotive Group, Homesteaders Life Company and the Iowa Arts Council are partner sponsors.

“I have conducted Holst’s The Planets many times, but I have never been more excited about performing it in the Beyond the Score format,” said Des Moines Symphony Music Director & Conductor Joseph Giunta.

“This innovative approach appeals to both audiences and musicians, and it transforms an already electrifying experience into a can’t-miss concert event.”

Experience The Planets with this audio spot and this video.
Joseph Giunta introduces The Planets in this video.
Read The Planets program notes here.
Find out where to park, where to eat and what to expect in this visitor’s guide.

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.

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. Tickets will be available at the door.

For questions or to interview Joseph Giunta, 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-