“The works of legendary American conductor Leonard Bernstein lead the upcoming 2018-19 Des Moines Symphony 2018-19 season,” writes Matthew Leimkuehler in Saturday’s (3/24) Des Moines Register (Iowa). “Works highlighted from the … composer include ‘West Side Story,’ ‘On the Town’ and a recreation of the 1943 concert that launched Bernstein’s career. The season plans to feature guest appearances from Iowa’s own baritone singer Simon Estes … and marks the 30th [season] for Joseph Giunta, Des Moines Symphony music director and conductor…. He curated the work of Bernstein for the season.… ‘Bernstein inspired every young musician growing up in the late 1950s and 1960s,’ Giunta said. ‘I first saw (him) conduct at one of his Young People’s Concerts in Carnegie Hall. It was a magical and life-changing experience for me.’ … The Symphony unveiled Saturday plans for the season’s ‘Pops’ concerts, which includes a tribute to … Led Zeppelin, a New Year’s Eve performance of Broadway show-stoppers and a concert teamed with Des Moines Performing Arts featuring musical favorites Megan Hilty and Brian Stokes Mitchell. The symphony’s beloved 4th of July celebration, Yankee Doodle Pops, returns July 2 to the Iowa State Capitol grounds for a 25th year.”

Posted March 28, 2018