Masterworks 4: Romantic ‘Rhapsody In Blue’: Here to Stay — The Gershwin Experience

January 29, 2014


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: January 29, 2014

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 Romantic Rhapsody in Blue: Here to Stay – The Gershwin Experience, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 15 & 2:30 p.m. Sunday, February 16, 2014 – Valentine’s Weekend –  at the Des Moines Civic Center (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines).

Nothing is more romantic than the iconic American music of George Gershwin! Experience the jazz-infused Rhapsody In Blue performed by Jeffrey Biegel and and watch as tap dancer Ryan VanDenBoom brings a bygone era to life right before your eyes. That, and two-time Grammy Award-winning soprano Sylvia McNair sings classics like Summertime, ‘S Wonderful, I Got Rhythm and so much more. Above the orchestra on a giant screen, a film tells the story of the famous Gershwin family which has inspired listeners across two centuries.

Bankers Trust and the John Ruan Foundation Trust are the presenting sponsors of these concerts. The Des Moines Symphony Fund and the Marion and Don Easter Fund are partner sponsors.

“The combination of George and Ira Gershwin’s legendary music performed by some of their greatest interpreters, and rarely-seen family videos of their lives in the Hollywood Hills, hooked me on this unique format. This program will ‘Strike Up the Band’ in a fun and entertaining way,” said Des Moines Symphony Music Director & Conductor Joseph Giunta.

Experience the excitement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with this video.
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 Simpson College Music Professor Dr. John Benoit in the Prairie Meadows (East) Lobby 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. Tickets will be available at the door.

For questions or to interview Joseph Giunta or any of the guest artists, 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 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 last year attracted more than 100,000, the largest single day attendance of any concert event in the State.  -DMSO-