DMSO Encore Concert Features Patriotic Music

Nov 24, 2015

The encore of the Des Moines Symphony’s Memorial Day Tribute Concert opens with three Copland classics: Fanfare for the Common Man, for brass and percussion; A Lincoln Portrait, featuring the reading of the past president’s famous words by a narrator; and Appalachian Spring, commissioned as a ballet with “an American theme” and later rearranged as an orchestral suite. After the great success of Steve Heitzeg’s Symphony in Sculpture in 2012, the Des Moines Symphony commissioned a sequel piece inspired by the new additions to the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, including its newest addition by Olafur Eliasson, Panoramic Awareness Pavilion

The Des Moines Symphony's final encore concert of the 2014-2015 season serves as a Memorial Day tribute.
Credit Des Moines Symphony

The concert closes with two patriotic pieces as a tribute to those who have died serving our country: An American Saga, featuring the film music of John Williams, and Hanson’s Song of Democracy set to the text of Walt Whitman and featuring the Simpson College Choir and Chamber Singers and the Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble. Tune in to Iowa Public Radio Classical on Monday, November 30 at 7:00 PM for this Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast.


Joseph Giunta, conductor

Roger Mueller, narrator

Simpson College Choir and Chamber Singers

Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble

Timothy A. McMillin, choral director

COPLAND                            Fanfare for the Common Man; A Lincoln Portrait; Suite from Appalachian Spring

Steve HEITZEG                  Symphony In Sculpture II

John WILLIAMS                An American Saga: Patriotic Movie Selections

HANSON                             Song of Democracy

(Concert recorded May 23-24, 2015)