Silent Auction Items at the Viewing Party for Yankee Doodle Pops

June 26, 2013

We’re getting excited for the Viewing Party for Yankee Doodle Pops! Check out all of the silent auction items we’ll have available:

Have you or a loved one dreamed of conducting an orchestra? Make your dream come true! This item includes a conducting lesson with Maestro Giunta and the opportunity to conduct a piece at next year’s Yankee Doodle Pops. Be prepared, the minimum bid for this once-in-a-lifetime experience is $2,500.

Item 1: Symphony In Sculpture

Music meets art in this fun package. Featured is a DVD of Symphony In Sculpture and a copy of the score signed by composer Steve Heitzeg. Be the envy of your co-workers with the giant poster of T8 and 4 magnets of various sculptures.

Item 2: Des Moines Symphony Flex Plan and Trostel’s Greenbriar

Want to experience the Des Moines Symphony but have a hectic schedule? You’ll love the Flex Plan! Choose any four of the seven regular season Masterworks concerts with the Gold Flex Plan. After the concert, stop by Trostel’s Greenbriar for some delicious drinks ($25).

Item 3: Dinner with the Maestro

Indulge in great food and company with Maestro Joseph Giunta and Carrie Ellen Giunta at Alba Restaurant ($100). You and a guest will get to know the man behind the baton and his talented wife.

Item 4: Reds and Chocolate

Follow the Doctor’s orders and eat healthy! According to the most recent research, a little bit of red wine AND chocolate are good for you, so indulge!

Item 5: Clarinet Lesson with DMSO Musician

Do the many buttons and levers of the Clarinet mystify you? Well, here’s your chance to get the inside scoop! Receive a one-hour private lesson with Gregory Oakes, principal clarinetist with the Des Moines Symphony.

Item 6: Symphony, Steaks and French Cuisine

Take date night to a whole new level – throughout the entire year! Enjoy a pair of tickets to all seven Des Moines Symphony Masterworks concerts. Pair two concert nights with stops at Baru 66 ($100) & Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse ($50).

Item 7: Horseback Riding for Two

No Horsin’ Around! Experience how professionals ride and take a tour of a working barn in Des Moines. An hour-long lesson for two will be given by Calla Whipp at Irish Run Stables near Water Works Park.

Item 8: NASCAR Iowa Speedway – ARCA Racing Series

Find a couple friends and make a weekend out of some exciting races! Enjoy three tickets to the ARCA Racing Series on Saturday, September 7 and the Camping Truck World Series on Sunday, September 8 races at the celebrated Iowa Speedway in Newton.

Item 9: Home Improvement Pack

You don’t need to watch Tool Time to get tips to improve your home! An interior design consultation from Michelle Pulver Interior Design will give you creative ideas for your home while your garden can get a spruce with a gift certificate to Ted Lare Design Build.

Item 10: White Wine and Baked Goods

Indulge yourself with this delightful combination. Included is a half-case of an assortment of white wine and a gift certificate to the Bake Shoppe.

Item 11: National Balloon Classic & Museum

Explore Des Moines’ backyard! This package has 8 tickets to both the National Balloon Classic and the National Balloon Museum in Indianola. Learn all about the history of the hot air balloon at the museum and then watch them take to the sky at the Classic, July 26th to August 3rd.

Item 12: Art from Jenny Murphy

Whether for your home or as a gift, this artwork is full of fun.

Item 13: Family Pack

Shake up your family’s routine! This package includes a family membership to the Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa and Living History Farms, PLUS three go-kart and mini-golf tickets at Sleepy Hollow AND a ticket for four to ride the Boone Scenic Valley Railroad picnic train.

Item 14: On-Stage Rehearsal Experience & dinner with Ilya

Be a part of the music! The winner and a guest will sit on-stage during a rehearsal for the Des Moines Symphony’s Season Debut: From Russia with Ilya concert. Enjoy dinner afterwards at BŎS ($50) with pianist Ilya Yakushev.

Item 15: Rock Climbing

Rock on! Test your strength and your courage with 2 two-week passes to Climb Iowa, Central Iowa’s premier rock climbing gym. Harness rental is included.

Item 16: Photography session with Theresa Schumacher

This 1 hour session for up to 6 people includes your choice of Des Moines location and 25+ digital images on CD or USB. What a great way to mark milestones and share with family and friends for years to come.

Item 17: Historical Museum Tour & Amici Coffee

Explore the mystery and history of Des Moines’ own Historical Building. Stop by Amici before the tour to make sure you don’t miss a thing!

Item 18: Mars Café Basket

This local coffee joint is out of this world! Whether you simply stop by for a cup of Joe to go or take your time to observe the eclectic artwork, this Drake neighborhood spot always begins and ends with a great cup of coffee.

Item 19: New Year’s Eve Pack

Ring in 2014 with The Hit Men! You and three guests can walk down nostalgia lane with hits like Walk Like A Man, Mony Mony, and many more. Keep the party going post-concert at the exclusive Embassy Club After Party.

Item 20: Salon di Valon basket

Item 21: Introductory Piano Lesson & Beethoven CD

Enjoy a one-hour introduction to the piano and learn techniques that the pros use! Continue your musical experience with the Des Moines Symphony’s Beethoven CD.

Item 22: Summer in the City Package

Get ready for fun for the whole family with three days of family swim passes, three rounds of weekday golf passes, two one-half hour Gray’s Lake boat rental and a family day pass to Climb Iowa. You’ll be worn out after this summer – phew!

Item 23: Friedrich’s Coffee Basket

Love coffee? Then you’ll love this basket! Includes two pounds of coffee, two mugs, a travel cup & chocolate espresso beans. Want that café feel? Drop by and use $5 gift card.

Item 24: Civic Music and Proof

It’s date night! Take your sweetheart to a dinner at Proof followed by a Civic Music concert. With acts like New York Voices, Imani Winds and Joshua Redman Quartet you won’t have a hard time finding something you like.

Item 25: University of Iowa Sweatshirt

Whether in Iowa City or at home on your couch, show off your Hawkeye pride at all of your favorite team’s sporting events!

Item 26: Des Moines Playhouse Show & Louie’s Wine Dive

With shows like Legally Blonde, Fiddler on the Roof and Les Misérables showing this season, you’ll have no problem finding a show for you! Before you and a friend head to the theatre, grab a bite to eat at Louie’s Wine Dive ($50).

Item 27: Stardust Studios Basket

Add a touch of whimsy to your home with the creations from the artists at Stardust Studios.

Item 28: Private Performance by a DMSO Musician

Show off your excellent taste by having a Des Moines Symphony musician perform for your next party or event! Enjoy an hour-long private performance by your choice of one of the following: trumpet, trombone, clarinet or harp.

Item 29: Healthy Start Pack

Make this the summer to take time for you! Use $100 from Purely Pilates to take a few Pilates classes or use their nutritional services. Make this package all the brighter with teeth whitening basket for you and your family.

Item 30: Introduction to Piano or Strings

Introduce the youngster in your life to the ivory keys or frets and strings! Classes are designed for children ages 3 to 5.

Item 31: American Idiot: The Musical & Dinner at Baratta’s

This show is off the walls! Described as “energetic and tons of fun,” the musical American Idiot features music of the punk-rock band Green Day. Before letting your inner rock star out, stop by Baratta’s for a laid-back, relaxed dinner.

Item 32: Go Drake Bulldogs!

It’ll be easy to sport your bulldog pride and bleed blue with all you get in this Drake basket.

Item 33: Trombone Lesson with DMSO Musician

Slide into fun with this package! Learn the ins and outs of how a trombone works with an hour-long private lesson with Des Moines Symphony Trombonist Casey Maday.

Item 34: Italian Food and Song

Bella notte! Enjoy an Italian night! Savor a little slice of Italy at Cosi Cucina, and afterwards, see Des Moines Metro Opera’s Apprentice Artists perform in Stars of Tomorrow.

Item 35: Smokey Row basket

Item 36: Dinner for Two at the Iowa Culinary Institute

Enjoy a lovely 5-course meal for two at the Iowa Culinary Institute. Courses are paired with different wine to allow the for a complete gourmet experience.

Item 37: Harp Lesson with DMSO Musician

Possibly the most mesmerizing musical instrument, the Harp is a complex and intricate instrument to master. Learn from the metro’s best with an hour-;long private lesson from Des Moines Symphony Harpist Mary Foss.

Item 38: Weekend Getaway

Take a relaxing trip to nearby Honey Creek Resort at Lake Rathbun and spend a little time soaking in the sunlight. Paired with travel jewelry from Iowa Diamond, this package will let you escape your everyday routine.