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 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.
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)