Tickets to Audra McDonald In Concert on sale Mon Nov 24, 2014

November 20, 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: November 20, 2014

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

Tickets to this special Des Moines Symphony & Des Moines Performing Arts Production go on-sale Monday, November 24 

DES MOINES, Iowa  – The Des Moines Symphony and Des Moines Performing Arts present Audra McDonald In Concert in a special a one-night-only concert event 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 21 at the Des Moines Civic Center (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines).

Tickets to Audra McDonald in Concert will go on-sale 9 a.m. Monday, November 24 at, the Civic Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations and charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000.

The record-breaking six-time Tony Award-winning Audra McDonald is a cultural icon and unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as both singer and actress.  And, now, and now she and her music director Andy Einhorn join Joseph Giunta and the Des Moines Symphony in concert for one night only!

The New York Times describes McDonald as “absolutely thrilling” and a “defining voice of our time.” She has appeared with virtually every major American orchestra – from the New York Philharmonic to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and has sung at Carnegie Hall 17 times, including at its 120th anniversary gala and alongside Hugh Jackman in a concert staging of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. She played Dr. Naomi Bennett on the hit ABC medical drama Private Practice and in December 2013, she wowed an audience of more than 18 million viewers as she appeared opposite Carrie Underwood in the live television broadcast of The Sound of Music.

In this special one-night-only event, the two-time Grammy Award-winner and Musical America’s 2014 Musician of the Year performs classic songs by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Kander & Ebb, and many other American songbook favorites like you’ve never heard them before. With her luminous voice and incomparable gift for dramatic story-telling, you’ll know she is a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon – a can’t miss event for Des Moines music-lovers.

For questions or to interview Joseph Giunta or Jeff Chelesvig, please contact Sophia S. Ahmad at or 515.280.4000, ext. 4011.

About Des Moines Performing Arts
Des Moines Performing Arts is a private not-for-profit organization celebrating 35 years of presenting the performing arts to Iowa and the surrounding states on three stages in Des Moines – the Civic Center, the Stoner Theater and the Temple Theater. The organization also operates Cowles Commons (formerly Nollen Plaza), a longtime Des Moines landmark currently under redesign and renovation. Des Moines Performing Arts is a presenter of major Broadway and educational touring companies, performers and groups, and is home to many local and regional groups, including the Des Moines Symphony. All performances of the Broadway Series are supported by Willis Auto Campus. All performances at the Temple Theater are supported by Prairie Meadows. All performances of the Family Series are supported by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. For more information, visit
About the Des Moines Symphony
The Des Moines Symphony is a not-for-profit, professional orchestra formed in 1937 to enrich, educate and inspire 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 $3 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, Pops concerts including the traditional New Year’s Eve Pops, 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-