Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg Plays Mendelssohn with the Des Moines Symphony

February 1, 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: February 1, 2013

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


DES MOINES  – The Des Moines Symphony continues its 2012-2013 75th Anniversary Season with Nadja Plays Mendelssohn, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 23 & 2:30 p.m. Sunday, February 24 at the Civic Center (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines).

Internationally acclaimed Avery Fisher Prize-winner Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg is known for her fearless and electrifying interpretations and is revered as one of classical music’s most sought-after celebrities. At Joseph Giunta’s invitation, she returns to the Des Moines Symphony to perform Mendelssohn’s soaring Violin Concerto for a special 75th Anniversary Season event, featuring an entire program of works performed in the Orchestra’s very first season in 1937/1938, including music from Wagner’s Die Meistersinger and Franck’s Symphony in D Minor.Experience the excitement of the concert with this radio spot (AUDIO).

“One of the great living violinists, Nadja-Salerno Sonnenberg, will return to Des Moines for her magical interpretation of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. Working with Nadja is always a pleasure. Her personality, drive and enthusiasm for the music is infectious.  She’s a star, and her appearance is indeed a highlight of our 75th Anniversary Season,” said Music Director & Conductor Joseph Giunta.

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.

We’ve teamed up with Chocolaterie Stam to help Central Iowans plan a great Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day!

This Valentine & Mother’s Day Flex Plan Special costs just $136* and includes four silver section tickets — two to either of our Nadja Plays Mendelssohn concerts on Feb 23 & 24, and two to either of our Season Finale concerts on May 11 & 12, Mother’s Day weekend. Plus, Chocolaterie Stam is throwing in a six-piece box of assorted fine European chocolates for you to share with these special people in your life! If these concert dates don’t work with your schedule, you can also use your tickets for performances on Mar 16 & 17, or Apr 13 & 14. Visit or call 515.280.4004 to order yours today! *The $136 price excludes a $15 Civic Center handling (shipping) fee.

Single tickets are on sale and may be purchased by visiting, 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.

In addition, Season Ticket Subscription Packages are still available for all performances in the 2012-2013 Masterworks series. Flex Plans (four tickets to any concert) start at $144 for adults and $72 for students. Visit or call 515.280.4004 for details.

Des Moines Symphony’s 2012-2013 Masterworks Season:

  • Sept. 29 & 30: Season Debut: Scheherazade & Nomade
  • Oct. 27 & 28: Symphonie Fantastique
  • Dec. 1 & 2: Liszt & The Italian
  • Feb. 23 & 24: Nadja Plays Mendelssohn
  • March 16 & 17: Beyond The Score: Tchaikovsky 4
  • April 13 & 14: Carmina Burana
  • May 11 & 12: Season Finale: Grieg Piano Concerto & Mahler 5

Visit for complete season details.

For questions or to interview Joseph Giunta or Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, please contact Sophia S. Ahmad at or 515.280.4000, ext. 4011. Visit us at and
The Des Moines Symphony is a not-for-profit, full-service 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 $2.4 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-