Beyond the Score: Tchaikovsky 4

March 4, 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: March 4, 2013

Contact: Sophia S. 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 Beyond the Score: Tchaikovsky 4, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16 & 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17 at the Civic Center (221 Walnut Street, Des Moines).

We are pleased to continue our collaboration with the Chicago Symphony for our third special BEYOND THE SCORE presentation. You’ll experience the Des Moines Symphony performing Tchaikovsky’s epic Symphony No. 4, a work the composer himself said is “better than anything I’ve done so far.” You’ll discover the behind-the-scenes story of the masterpiece—why this period of Tchaikovsky’s life was so prolific and how the composer creates drama that rivals that found in the great Russian literary works of Pushkin and Tolstoy. After an intriguing and revealing Chicago Symphony-produced multimedia first half—with stunning visuals on a giant screen, actors and a narrator—you will hear this magnificent work for orchestra in its entirety, including its epic opening with blazing brass evoking the famous Fate theme. Experience the excitement of the concert with this radio spot (AUDIO).

“Every time I conduct a Tchaikovsky symphony it reminds me of why I became a conductor. The rich and familiar melodies, the soaring orchestrations and the nostalgic stage that Tchaikovsky sets with the Fourth is moving, vivid and dramatic. This is one of the great virtuosic pieces,” said Music Director & Conductor Joseph Giunta.

The exciting 2013-2014 Season – Joseph Giunta’s 25th Season – will be announced at these concerts, as well. 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 composer and piece. Concert Prelude Talks are free, and all are welcome.

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.

For questions or to interview Joseph Giunta, please contact Sophia S. 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-