The 27th annual Yankee Doodle Pops Concert has been changed to a televised event. The concert, typically held at the Iowa State Capitol, will instead be aired through television and radio as a partnership with Iowa PBS and Iowa Public Radio.The symphony will play some classics, like "1812 Overture" and "Stars and Stripes Forever." Broadway’s Hugh Panaro ("Phantom of the Opera") will join, singing selections from "Les Miserables," "The Music Man" and more.
"After much deliberation, we have come to the conclusion that we cannot responsibly invite 100,000 Iowans to gather shoulder to shoulder on the Capitol grounds this July," said Executive Director Richard L. Early. "We are grateful to Iowa PBS and to Iowa Public Radio for working with us to reimagine this concert in a way that allows us to reach more Iowans than ever before, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to performing our 28th Annual Yankee Doodle Pops in person at the Iowa State Capitol in July 2022."
Iowans can tune in to the television broadcast on Iowa PBS Friday, July 2 at 8:30PM or Sunday, July 4 at 6:00PM. Iowa Public Radio’s broadcast of the Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops will air on IPR Classical signals Sunday, July 4 at 12:00PM and again on Monday, July 5 at 11:00AM.
The concert features music from the Des Moines Symphony.