Symphonie Fantastique: Oct 27 & 28

October 12, 2012

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: October 12, 2012

Contact: Sophia 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 Symphonie Fantastique, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 27 & 2:30 p.m. Sunday, October 28 at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines.

Just in time for Halloween, experience Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique—a fanciful and vivid musical exploration of passion, tragedy and the supernatural. Plus, hear Dukas’ bewitching The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, the enchanted music that made Disney’s Fantasia magical. Violinist Benny Kim, a frequent guest of Joseph Giunta’s over the years, makes his long-awaited return. Possessing a “titanium technique” and producing “exquisite, pearly colorations,” he is a Des Moines favorite. He performs Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1—one of the violin repertoire’s most beautiful and beloved pieces. Experience the excitement of the concert with this radio spot (AUDIO).

Symphonie Fantastique is a virtuosic and dramatic showpiece for orchestra, full of rich textures, beautiful melodies and stirring rhythms. It portrays the composer’s life as an artist and especially dwells on his coming of age and all the human emotion embroiled with such circumstances – fear, frustration, anxiety, youthful love, despair, hope, and even nightmares and death. But most of all, it is a unique, mesmerizing and compelling piece of music that carries on where Beethoven and his immortal Ninth Symphony left off,” said Music Director & Conductor Joseph Giunta.

“I have also invited longtime friend and audience favorite, violinist Benny Kim, to play his interpretation of Max Bruch’s romantic and lyrical Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Des Moines Symphony.  I can guarantee this will be a concert that no one will want to miss.”

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. Learn about the pieces in advance with our eProgram Notes.


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.

Benny Kim is the Des Moines Symphony Academy’s 2012-2013 Artist-In-Residence. He will lead a Master Class at 4 p.m., Thr Oct 25 in the Fine Arts Center at Drake University. Laura Carther, a Symphony Academy student of John Helmich and a member of the Des Moines Symphony Youth Symphony, will perform the first movement of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4This master class is free and open to the public. Mr. Kim will also work with the Valley High School Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra musicians at Valley High School.

For questions or to interview Joseph Giunta or Benny Kim, please contact Sophia 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-