Masterworks 5: The Moldau & Dvorak & Des Moines Symphony Academy Day

February 28, 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: February 28, 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 Masterworks 5: The Moldau & Dvořák, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15 & 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 16, 2014 –  at the Des Moines Civic Center (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines).

The mighty Moldau is so rich and evocative, it has become one of the most famous melodies in all of music and the anthem of Czech culture. The sunny, lyrical Eighth Symphony of Dvořák was one of the first orchestral pieces Joseph Giunta heard live as a child. Our own outstanding Principal Percussionist Aaron Williams makes his solo debut with the Orchestra in Gillingham’s virtuosic and tuneful Marimba Concerto No. 2 – exotic music played on rare, Honduran rosewood.

“Conducting The Moldau, one of my favorite tone poems, on the same program as Dvorak’s sunny and joyful Eighth Symphony is very exciting,” said Music Director & Conductor Joseph Giunta.

“And, to have the unique sound of the marimba performed by one of our own Principal musicians, Aaron Williams, makes a great concert. I am very excited to share this beautiful music with our audiences.”

Joseph Giunta will also announce the exciting details of our 2014-2015 77th Season at these concerts, and new and renewing subscribers will have the opportunity to choose their favorite seats at the best prices for next season.

The Des Moines Symphony Healthcare Circle – comprised of arts-minded medical professionals that donate to the Symphony’s Annual Fund – is the presenting sponsor of these concerts.

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 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.


The Des Moines Symphony celebrates its second annual Des Moines Symphony Academy Day with free tickets for the first 200 students (ages 7-18) for the Sunday, March 16 concert. Complimentary tickets must be requested at the Civic Center Ticket Office by Wed Mar 12. Limit of four tickets per family or group.


“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. Tickets will be available at the door.

For questions or to interview Joseph Giunta or Aaron Williams, 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 $2.8 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 for the past several years attracted more than 100,000, the largest single day attendance of any concert event in the State.  -DMSO-