Des Moines Symphony’s annual Yankee Doodle Pops Concert moves to TV and radio

Posted on: May 13, 2021

The Des Moines Symphony’s long-running Yankee Doodle Pops Concert, originally planned for July 2 at the Iowa State Capitol, this year will be recorded for broadcast on Iowa PBS television and Iowa Public Radio. Music Director Joseph Giunta will lead the concert, recorded in the Hy-Vee’s Ron Pearson Center, with orchestra musicians distanced. The Des Moines Symphony will perform the 1812 Overture and Stars and Stripes Forever, and Broadway vocalist Hugh Panaro (Phantom of the Opera) will join the orchestra in selections from musicals including Les Misérables and The Music Man. The winner of the orchestra’s annual “Oh Say, Can You Sing?” competition will open Yankee Doodle Pops with “The Star-Spangled Banner.” “After much deliberation, we have come to the conclusion that we cannot responsibly invite 100,000 Iowans to gather shoulder to shoulder on the Capitol grounds this July,” said Executive Director Richard L. Early. “We are grateful to Iowa PBS and to Iowa Public Radio for working with us to reimagine this concert in a way that allows us to reach more Iowans than ever before…. We look forward to performing our 28th Annual Yankee Doodle Pops in person at the Iowa State Capitol in July 2022.”