Turner Center Jazz Orchestra at the Des Moines Symphony's Yankee Doodle Pops at West Capital Terrace of the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. Fireworks follow the patriotic concert performed by the Des Moines Symphony and a themed A John Williams American Spectacular.
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Turner Center Jazz Orchestra members:
Saxophones: John Morgan, Tony Wadle, Don Jaques, Clarence Padilla, Jim Romain
Trumpets: Andy Classen (Leader), Jim Bouinette, Scott Davis, Chris Strohmaier, Joel Poppen
Trombones: Paul Bridson, John Benoit, Richard Early, Grady M.
Piano: Nick Leo; Guitar: Jeff Lind; Bass: Dave Altemaier; Drums: John Kizilarmut
Interesting Facts About Turner Center Jazz Orchestra:
Maestro Joseph Giunta and the gifted musicians of the Des Moines Symphony are proud to present the 18th annual Yankee Doodle Pops, Iowa’s largest single-day concert event. This FREE, outdoor patriotic concert takes place Tue Jul 3, 2012 at 8:30 p.m. on the west terrace of the Iowa State Capitol building. At 8:30 p.m., the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra takes the stage. At 6:30 p.m., the Turner Center Jazz Orchestra performs a prelude concert, as part of Metro Arts’ Jazz in July series. The evening culminates with the Des Moines Symphony’s premier fireworks display lighting up the Des Moines skyline.
This year, soprano Carrie Ellen Giunta and Des Moines Symphony concertmaster Jonathan Sturm perform as featured soloists at the concert, themed A John Williams American Spectacular. For the tenth consecutive year, Iowa Public Radio will broadcast the performance live, and Mediacom will rebroadcast the concert statewide on its Connections Channel at 9 p.m. July 4 and 7:30 p.m. July 5. Leah McIntire-Barnett, winner of the Des Moines Symphony’s third annual “Oh Say, Can You Sing?” competition, held June 14 adjacent to the new home of the Symphony’s administrative offices (The Temple for Performing Arts in downtown Des Moines), opens the concert with The Star-Spangled Banner.
An estimated crowd of more than 100,000 attended the 2011 Yankee Doodle Pops. With the generous support of its sponsors, the Symphony takes great pride in providing this FREE concert to thank the community for its support during the last 75 years. The Symphony continues its community giving by partnering with Bank of the West, Dahl’s Foods, ARAG, DART and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, to help fill the Iowa Food Bank with the fourth annual Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger: A Symphony of Caring. During the concert, any attendee who donates at least two non-perishable food items will receive a discount coupon to a Des Moines Symphony 2012-2013 Season Masterworks Concert. The food drop-off location during the event is on Finkbine Street. Donations are also accepted June 18-July 4 at area Bank of the West and Dahl’s Foods locations and on June 22 on any DART bus.
Vendors selling a variety of foods and drinks will be stationed on Finkbine Drive (located between the stage and the Capitol). The orchestra will perform on a stage facing the Capitol (off of E. Locust and E. 7th/Penn). At the conclusion of the concert, fireworks will be launched from the Grand Avenue bridge over the downtown skyline. Parking is available in designated downtown lots. A drop off for those with physical disabilities is located at the corner of Grand Avenue and East 9th Street. DART will detour its D-Line and extend the shuttle’s hours to accommodate Yankee Doodle Pops attendees. Families are encouraged to arrive early and bring blankets and lawn chairs onto the Capitol lawn. As a reminder, no sparklers, alcohol or smoking is permitted on State grounds.