Press Release: Masterworks 6 — Dvorak & Superman

March 27, 2012

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

Date: March 21, 2012

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


DES MOINES  – The Des Moines Symphony continues its 74th Season with Dvorak & Superman, 7:30 p.m. Saturday April 14 & 2:30 p.m. Sunday April 15 at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines.

In these sixth Masterworks concerts of the 2011-2012 Spirit of America season, the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra is pleased to welcome Joshua Roman, an exciting cellist of extraordinary gifts. A 2011 TED Fellow and dubbed a “Classical Rock Star,” he performed last year with Yo-Yo Ma for the President of China. He makes his Des Moines debut performing Lalo’s beautiful Cello Concerto. Plus, Joseph Giunta conducts his favorite Dvorak Symphony – Symphony No. 7, and the concert opens with one of Iowa’s most celebrated composers – the three-time Grammy-winner Michael Daugherty. His brilliant and fun Red Cape Tango celebrates a certain superhero from his Metropolis Symphony.

Joshua Roman will lead a master class at 3:45 p.m. Friday, April 13 at Drake University. This master class is free and open to the public and will include performances by the Des Moines Symphony Youth Orchestras Honors String Quartet and students of Drake professor Ashley Sidon.


“Joshua Roman is part of the new breed of talent that is equally at home performing in a concert hall or in a night club,” Music Director & Conductor Joseph Giunta said.

“He’s a remarkable cellist and I am very eager for our Des Moines Symphony audiences to hear him for the very first time.  I know they will not be disappointed.”

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. Read concert program notes at



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.


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 Joshua Roman, 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 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-