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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.

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.

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And here it is - Joe’s #1 FAVORITE thing about Des Moines - drum roll, please…it’s THE DES MOINES SYMPHONY! Maestro Giunta wraps up his 25th anniversary season as Music Director & Conductor of Des Moines’ very own Orchestra this weekend. Find out more at dmsymphony.org.

And here it is - Joe’s #1 FAVORITE thing about Des Moines - drum roll, please…it’s THE DES MOINES SYMPHONY! Maestro Giunta wraps up his 25th anniversary season as Music Director & Conductor of Des Moines’ very own Orchestra this weekend. Find out more at dmsymphony.org.

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So close to the end of our countdown of Joe’s 25 favorite things about Des Moines. Number 2: The People!

So close to the end of our countdown of Joe’s 25 favorite things about Des Moines. Number 2: The People!

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Number 3 on Joe’s top 25 favorite things about Des Moines: Chocolate Storybook.

Number 3 on Joe’s top 25 favorite things about Des Moines: Chocolate Storybook.

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Number 4 on Joe’s list of his 25 favorite things about Des Moines is the Des Moines Civic Center! The Des Moines Symphony has performed it’s core Masterworks series at the Civic Center since it’s opening in 1979.

Number 4 on Joe’s list of his 25 favorite things about Des Moines is the Des Moines Civic Center! The Des Moines Symphony has performed it’s core Masterworks series at the Civic Center since it’s opening in 1979.

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Down to the top 5 of Joe’s 25 favorite things about Des Moines! This week’s feature is Coyote Run Farm Eggs.

Down to the top 5 of Joe’s 25 favorite things about Des Moines! This week’s feature is Coyote Run Farm Eggs.

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Number 6 on Joe’s list of his 25 favorite things about Des Moines: The Downtown Farmer’s Market! A little less than three weeks until we can buy our favorite locally-grown produce!

Number 6 on Joe’s list of his 25 favorite things about Des Moines: The Downtown Farmer’s Market! A little less than three weeks until we can buy our favorite locally-grown produce!

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No. 7 on Joe’s list of his 25 favorite things about Des Moines - South Union!

No. 7 on Joe’s list of his 25 favorite things about Des Moines - South Union!

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Continuing to count down Joe’s 25 favorite things about Des Moines for his 25th year as Music Director and Conductor of the Des Moines Symphony. This week’s #8 favorite should look familiar to many of you - The Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops! Looking forward to seeing many of you out on the lawn this 3rd of July.

Continuing to count down Joe’s 25 favorite things about Des Moines for his 25th year as Music Director and Conductor of the Des Moines Symphony. This week’s #8 favorite should look familiar to many of you - The Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops! Looking forward to seeing many of you out on the lawn this 3rd of July.

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Number 9 on Joe’s list of his 25 favorite things about Des Moines is The Temple for Performing Arts, home to the Symphony Academy and the Symphony’s administrative offices. This historic building is more than 100 years old! Have you been here?

Number 9 on Joe’s list of his 25 favorite things about Des Moines is The Temple for Performing Arts, home to the Symphony Academy and the Symphony’s administrative offices. This historic building is more than 100 years old! Have you been here?