MUSIC MILESTONE: 25 Year Anniversary For Conductor

Des Moines Symphony conductor Joseph Guinta is celebrating a milestone. He’s been with the symphony for 25 years.

The maestro credits the arts community for part of the symphony’s success, including the Des Moines Opera and Des Moines Art Center.

“Des Moines over achieves. These institutions that we have here are as good or better than any city in this country that’s two or three times bigger than we are,” says Guinta.

Guinta came to Iowa in 1974 to conduct the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony before coming to Des Moines. You may have seen the Fourth of July Yankee Doodle Pops and seven masterwork concert series at the Civic Center each year. There is a Symphony Academy and family and youth concerts. The orchestra has 80 professional musicians, with a $2.5 million annual budget.

“The biggest thing we’ve been able to accomplish is the fact that the orchestra now…is a part of the fabric of this community,” says Guinta.

You can find out more about the symphony and see its schedule here.

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