In honor of Veterans Day and our nation’s veterans, Iowa Public Radio is pleased to present highlights from the Des Moines Symphony’s 21st annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert which was recorded July 3rd on the West Terrace lawn of our state’s capital building. The performance will feature patriotic favorites, a tribute medley to Glenn Miller, and a performance of the National Anthem by Samuel Nolte the winner of the “Oh Say, Can You Sing?” contest. Their 2014 concert theme was: “Our Greatest Generation—Honoring America’s Heroes.” Iowa Public Radio will be presenting this patriotic tribute on November 11th at 11:00 a.m.
Maestro Joseph Giunta led the orchestra through several favorite marches, such as Gould’s American Salute, Sousa’s Hands Across the Sea and The Stars & Stripes Forever, and Bagley’s National Emblem March. The concert included a tribute to Glenn Miller plus the orchestra also performed some of John Williams’s best movie marches. The Yankee Doodle Pops concert draws a crowd of over 100,000 listeners each year at the state capital and on IPR Classical. Tune in to Iowa Public Radio Classical on November 11th at 11:00 a.m. for highlights from the Des Moines Symphony’s 2014 Yankee Doodle Pops concert.