Symphony In Sculpture cell phone tours; DVDs available

August 26, 2013


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: August 26, 2013

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



DES MOINES  – The Des Moines Symphony is pleased to announce that in cooperation with the Des Moines Art Center, FREE cell phone tours of Symphony In Sculpture are now available at the John and Mary Pappjohn Sculpture Park.

Symphony In Sculpture is a 30-minute work by Emmy Award-winning composer Steve Heitzeg, inspired by the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park, and commissioned by the Des Moines Symphony and Joseph Giunta, Music Director & Conductor, in recognition of the Symphony’s 75th anniversary season in 2012-2013. The work celebrates in sound nine sculptures in the Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

The Symphony In Sculpture audio tour is introduced by Heitzeg at stop 800 and features the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra performing the corresponding movement from the piece. Heitzeg also provides his own commentary at the conclusion of each movement. A complete performance of Symphony In Sculpture by the Des Moines Symphony can be heard at stop 823. To take the cell phone tour, participants can dial 515.657.8264, then enter a stop number as indicated by the music note on the sculpture plaque. To discontinue a stop and proceed to another, participants can press the # key on their phone followed by the new stop number. Find complete details here.

The cell phone tours continue the Des Moines Symphony’s goal for Central Iowans of all ages to experience Symphony In Sculpture. In addition to the September 2012 world premiere and two performances at youth concerts this past spring at the Civic Center, the Des Moines Symphony has produced 5,000 DVDs of the work, including a behind-the-scenes making-of documentary of the project, with interviews with Steve Heitzeg, Joseph Giunta, Executive Director Richard L. Early, Concertmaster Jonathan Sturm and Des Moines Art Center Director Jeff Fleming. The DVD also includes a 24-page booklet with extensive program notes, photos and more. The DVD has been sent to art museums around the country and to arts patrons throughout the world. The DVD is available for purchase through and at the Des Moines Art Center Museum Shop.

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 $2.5 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-