To celebrate Veteran’s Day, Iowa Public Radio Classical's Performance Iowa will present an encore broadcast of the Des Moines Symphony's 18th Annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert. Titled A John Williams American Spectacular, the concert features Maestro Giunta and the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra performing patriotic favorites, opening with the National Anthem, sung by Leah McIntire-Barnett, the winner of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s 2012 "Oh Say Can You Sing?" competition. As is tradition, the concert closes with a grand finale of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, complete with blazing howitzer cannons and a synchronized firework display.
(Recorded July 3, 2012)