Live from the West Terrace of Iowa’s State Capitol, Iowa Public Radio Classical is pleased to present the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s 21st annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert on Thursday, July 3, 2014. Featuring patriotic favorites, a tribute medley to Glenn Miller, and a performance of the National Anthem by the winner of the “Oh Say, Can You Sing?” contest, this year’s concert delivers on its theme: “Our Greatest Generation—Honoring America’s Heroes.” Iowa Public Radio producers Jacqueline Halbloom and Karen Impola will set the stage for the Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops performance with additional patriotic picks starting at 8 p.m.
Maestro Joseph Giunta leads the orchestra through several favorite marches, such as Gould’s American Salute, Sousa’s Hands Across the Sea and The Stars & Stripes Forever, and Bagley’s National Emblem March. The concert also showcases a tribute to Glenn Miller, with his American Patrol, Moonlight Serenade, and In the Mood. The orchestra will perform some of John Williams’s best movie marches, including Summon the Heroes, Midway March, Hymn to the Fallen, and Liberty Fanfare. The Yankee Doodle Pops concert draws a crowd of over 100,000 listeners each year at the state capital and on IPR Classical. Tune in to Iowa Public Radio on Thursday, July 3 at 8 p.m. for this special pre-4th of July Holiday live broadcast.