Get to know Des Moines Symphony patron Greg Theroux, CEO of Heritage Building Maintenance in Des Moines.
What was your first memory of experiencing classical music?
I guess my first exposure to classical music was in cartoons. I was always a huge music fan. I grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis playing in the concert band in High School.
When was the first time you attended a Des Moines Symphony concert?
I was transferred to Des Moines in 1999 and remember seeing an ad for The Des Moines Symphony playing Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, one of my favorites. We bought tickets for the performance. I told my wife after the concert, I was completely blown away with the performance of both the orchestra and Conductor, Joseph Giunta and that it was such an exhilarating performance we had to become subscribers. I was promoted and transferred out of state shortly after.
Why do you support the Des Moines Symphony and/or Academy?
My wife and I made the decision to move back to Des Moines and start our own company. So, at the end of 2011 we opened up Heritage Building Maintenance, L.L.C. and in 2012 bought a flex plan subscription series. In 2013 we bought a full subscription and also began to support the Symphony. The Des Moines symphony is a true treasure for the Des Moines community and our plan at Heritage is to continue to support this great orchestra.
What are your favorite things to do in Des Moines?
Well, other than the Des Moines Symphony, We enjoy the Art Center, the many great restaurants, trails and other live music venues that Des Moines offers.
Is there anything else you you’d like our Des Moines Symphony readers to know about you?
When we decided to start our company, the only place that we wanted to locate to was Des Moines. Des Moines had all the desired pieces we needed, a healthy business climate, great people and wonderful community amenities.