Sponsors & theme announced for the Des Moines Symphony’s 21st annual Yankee Doodle Pops

May 16, 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: May 16, 2014

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



DES MOINES – Music Director & Conductor Joseph Giunta and the gifted musicians of the Des Moines Symphony are pleased to present the Des Moines Symphony’s 21st annual Yankee Doodle Pops, Iowa’s largest single-day concert event. This FREE, outdoor patriotic concert takes place Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 8:30 p.m. on the West Terrace of the Iowa State Capitol. The Des Moines Symphony performs at 8:30 p.m., and a prelude concert, part of Metro Arts’ Jazz in July series, begins at 6:30 p.m. The evening culminates with the Des Moines Symphony’s premier fireworks display lighting up the Des Moines skyline.

This year’s concert theme is Our Greatest Generation – Honoring America’s Heroes. The concert will honor veterans – especially our WWII veterans – and will feature a salute to Iowa’s own Glenn Miller and the USO.

An estimated crowd of more than 100,000 attended the Des Moines Symphony’s 2013 Yankee Doodle Pops. With the generous support of its sponsors, the Des Moines Symphony takes great pride in producing this FREE concert to thank the community for its support during the last 76 years.

The Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops is presented by Bank of the West and new this year, it is also sponsored by Casey’s General Store and Hy-Vee. Additional support comes from BRAVO Greater Des Moines and the Polk County Board of Supervisors. KCCI-TV8 is the concert’s media sponsor.

The Des Moines Symphony continues its community giving by partnering with Bank of the West, Casey’s General Store, Hy-Vee, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds and KCCI to help fill the Food Bank of Iowa with the sixth annual Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger: A Symphony of Caring.  During the concert, any attendee who donates at least two non-perishable food items (drop-off location is on Finkbine Street) will receive a discount coupon to a Des Moines Symphony 2014-2015 Season Masterworks Concert. Donations are also accepted June 2-July 6 at Des Moines-area Bank of the West and Hy-Vee locations, or participants may begin donating online June 2 at foodbankiowa.org.

Please visit www.dmsymphony.org for full program details or for more information about the Des Moines Symphony’s 2014-2015 season. For questions about this concert or to interview Joseph Giunta, please contact Sophia S. Ahmad at sophia@dmsymphony.org or 515.280.4000 ext. 4011.

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-