Press Release: Masterworks 5 – Barber & Tchaikovsky

February 21, 2012

Joseph Giunta, Music Director & Conductor
Richard L. Early, Executive Director
Civic Center● 221 Walnut Street● Des Moines, IA 50309

Date: February 21, 2012

Contact: Sophia Ahmad, Director of Marketing & Public Relations ● 515.280.4011 ●



DES MOINES  – The Des Moines Symphony continues its 74th Season with Barber & Tchaikovsky, 7:30 p.m. Saturday March 10 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday March 11 at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines.

In addition, the Orchestra performs the same concert in a special performance 7:30 p.m. Friday March 9 at the Waukee High School Auditorium, 555 SE University Avenue in Waukee, 50263. Tickets to this Heartland Tour concert are $20 for adults, $5 for students and are available through

In these fifth Masterworks concerts of the 2011-2012 Spirit of America season, the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra is pleased to host Jennifer Frautschi, the Grammy-nominated and Avery Fisher Prize-winning violinist, who makes her Iowa debut collaborating with Joseph Giunta and the Orchestra in Barber’s tuneful and rhythmic Violin Concerto. The Orchestra also performs Tchaikovsky’s great last symphony, the Pathetique, the composer’s most soul-searching musical evocation. Opening the program is the Finale from Kay’s Cakewalk Suite, a pithy piece inspired by comic skits and dance.

“I am so pleased to introduce to our Des Moines audiences violinist Jennifer Frautschi,” Des Moines Symphony Music Director & Conductor Joseph Giunta said.

“I first heard Jennifer live at the Brit Festival in Oregon two summers ago and immediately invited her to play with me and the Orchestra.  The soaring melodies of Barber’s Violin Concerto are contrasted by the Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, one of the greatest pieces in all orchestral repertoire.  Written during the last year of his life and first performed only nine days before his death, this work is Tchaikovsky’s last will and testament.  It is full of passionate and raw emotion – from its vigorous march to complete and utter desperation and inconsolable bleakness.”

Details about the Des Moines Symphony’s 75th Anniversary Season will be announced at the March 10 and 11 concerts. The exciting 2012-2013 Season includes monumental works that demonstrate the high artistic achievement of the Des Moines Symphony since its beginnings in 1937 as the Drake/Des Moines Symphony.

Arrive 45 minutes early to the March 10 and 11 performances 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 may be purchased by visiting, calling Ticketmaster at 1.800.745.3000 or visiting 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 obtainable 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, Flex Plans (four tickets to any concert) start at $108 for adults and $54 for students. Visit for details.

Des Moines Symphony’s 2011-2012 Masterworks Season:

Sept. 17 & 18: Season Debut: Beethoven’s Ninth

Oct. 22 & 23: Fabio Plays Schumann

Nov. 5 & 6: Beyond the Score: Pictures At An Exhibition

Feb. 4 & 5: An American Salute

March 10 & 11: Barber & Tchaikovsky

April 14 & 15: Dvorak & Superman

May 12 & 13: Season Finale: West Side Story

Visit for complete season details.

For questions about this performance or to interview Jennifer Frautschi or Joseph Giunta, please contact Sophia Ahmad at or 515.280.4011. 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 of Music and its numerous 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-