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Our Reimagined 2020-21 Season

The music is returning and your seat is waiting.

The 2020-2021 season is reimagined with the safety and comfort of musicians and audiences in mind.

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We invite you to a 2020-21 season filled with music which provides comfort and inspiration as well as joy and opportunities for reflection which are unique to listening to the classical repertoire. This season has been curated with great care by our artistic staff and SDSO musicians, with attention to the need to address this particular moment in the history of our community and country. The music this season contains great imagination and depth of spirit. There are programs which incorporate the wide range of cultures represented in our city and state, and create space for understanding and community-building. Of course, each program will display the thrilling virtuosity of the musicians and artistic partners.

The plan to return to public performance has been carefully considered with your health and safety at its core. Click below for a detailed look at what precautions are being taken and the policies that will be in place for our events.

Your Health & Safety

SDSO 2020-21 Concert Season

*SDSO performances are held at the Washington Pavilion unless otherwise noted.
Last updated 07.09.20.
Event Date Event Name Description
Oct 3, 2020
7:30 PM
Blissful Bach
Bach / Brandenburg Concerti No. 1 – 6
Come back to the music with the grounding, timeless sounds of the master of Baroque composition!
Oct 24, 2020
7:30 PM
Victory Songs
Experience the SDSO’s renowned Lakota Music Project for their debut on the Mary W. Sommervold stage. The Creekside Singers (Lakota drumming group), Bryan Akipa (cedar flutist) and Stephen Bryant (tenor) are featured in this unique concert showcasing how music serves as a bridge for cultural understanding.
Nov 21, 2020
7:30 PM
The Genius of Mozart
Mozart / Symphony No. 35, “Haffner”
Mozart / Symphony No. 36, “Linz”
Mozart / Symphony No. 38, “Prague”
Sacred Sounds of Christmas
Usher in the holiday season with the sonorous beauty of Christmas and your South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.
Dec 12, 2020 @ 7:30 PM
Dec 13, 2020 @ 2:30 PM
Christmas with the Symphony:
‘Tis the Season!
Celebrate the magic of the season with the music of the holidays! Award-winning Broadway conductor and pianist Andy Einhorn returns to mix traditional Christmas favorites with a few surprises! From the classics to contemporary and a holiday sing-a-long, it’s not Christmas until you’ve seen “ ̃Tis the Season!
Jan 23, 2021
7:30 PM
Glorious Mendelssohn & Strauss
Frank Oteri / World Premiere
R. Strauss / Horn Concerto No. 2
–Daniel Kitchens, horn
Mendelssohn / Symphony No. 3 “Scottish”
Feb 13, 2021
7:30 PM
Valentine Romance
Bring your valentine for an evening of passionate and beautiful music that will make your heart sing! Featuring music of Debussy, Wagner, and more!
Feb 27, 2021
7:30 PM
Bridging Cultures
Music of great composers inspired by the sounds of their native lands, featuring Grieg, Dvořák, and Holst, and modern day masters Reena Esmail and Malek Jandali.
Mar 27, 2021
7:30 PM
Seven Last Words of Christ
Haydn / Seven Last Words of Christ
Morten Lauridsen / Lux aeterna
Featuring the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Apr 17, 2021
7:30 PM
Star Wars vs. Star Trek: Music Across Galaxies
Prepare to face off in a rivalry that spans galaxies! This intergalactic clash features the unforgettable music from your favorite sci-fi films, where the fans decide which camp reigns supreme: Star Wars or Star Trek. Come dressed in costume and experience John Williams’ acclaimed Star Wars favorites, as well as music from Star Trek classics to the newest films.
May 1, 2021
7:30 PM
100th Anniversary Launch
with Emanuel Ax & Beethoven 9
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”
–Emanuel Ax, piano
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
–South Dakota Symphony Orchestra Chorus

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We’ve carefully considered these programs with your safety and the performers’ safety in mind. For information on your subscription and distancing, please visit or call the Washington Pavilion box office at 605-367-6000.

*Programming, artists, dates, and prices are subject to change. Additional fees may apply.

Your Questions Answered

Why is the SDSO changing the programming to the concert season?

All of the decisions regarding performing these concerts were made with your health and safety foremost in our minds. We have been closely following the research of orchestras all over the world concerning social distancing of both audiences and performers, and we will be incorporating the best and latest knowledge as we go into the fall. Flexibility is a key component of our strategy for navigating these unpredictable times, and further adjustments may be needed as we proceed.

This season is the SDSO’s 99th in a long history of building community through music. The repertoire this season reflects our commitment to safety, artistic excellence and fiscal responsibility — orchestras onstage may be smaller but the music played is certainly no less great. Come celebrate simply being together again, responsibly, but in community. Join us on “The Road to100”, in the marvelous experience of playing and listening to music which inspires and uplifts, enabling all of us to look forward with optimism and hope.

When concerts were canceled last season, I elected to receive a voucher to be used for the 2020-21 season. What is the status of my voucher?

SDSO staff and the Washington Pavilion box office have been working to prepare all aspects of the reimagined concert season. Vouchers are currently in the process of being finalized and will be mailed at as soon as they are prepared, with a now anticipated date of early September.

If you have questions concerning your vouchers, the Washington Pavilion box office team is available – 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday; 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday – to answer your questions. Please give them a call at (605) 367-6000 to talk about your ticket options. Alternatively, you may email us:

What happened to the September 19th performance of Beethoven 9?

When we canceled the last concerts in the 2019-20 season, we had the opportunity to reschedule our performance of Beethoven 9 to the date of September 19, 2020. Unfortunately, as the pandemic continued into the summer, we found that it would be impossible for the Chorus to rehearse properly.

Beethoven 9 will not be performed on September 19, 2020. Instead, this much-celebrated piece of music will be performed on the May 1, 2021 program celebrating the SDSO’s launch into our 100th season, featuring Emanuel Ax.

If you are a subscriber, your tickets will be converted into vouchers redeemable for any concert in the 2020-21 season. These make great gifts to share the music with friends and family.

If you purchased individual tickets to the original Beethoven 9 date, your tickets will automatically be reissued for the May, 2021 performance.

The Washington Pavilion box office team is available – 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday; 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday – to answer your questions. Please give them a call at (605) 367-6000 to talk about your ticket options. Alternatively, you may email us:

What options are available to 2020-21 season subscribers?

2020-21 season Super, Imperial, and Classical Series subscribers who have already renewed do not need to take any actions. Tickets will be mailed out in August.

2020-21 season Pops subscribers will enjoy J.S. Bach’s timeless Brandenburg Concerti, ‘Tis the Season, a program of romantic favorites on Valentine’s Weekend, music from Star Wars and Star Trek, and Beethoven’s immortal Ninth Symphony with the famous “Ode to Joy.” You will still receive 5 concerts for the price of 4, the best available seats, and full subscriber benefits. If you are not satisfied with the revamped concert lineup, please contact the Washington Pavilion box office at (605) 367-6000 to discuss options including exchanges and flexible packages.

2019-20 season subscribers who have not yet renewed still have until July 31 to renew your subscription. On August 1, we will immediately release your seats for other subscribers and the general public.

Physically distanced seating options will be available on a concert-by-concert basis. Check back to our website often or call the Washington Pavilion box office at (605) 367-6000 to see when physically-distanced seating is available for your performance.

What policies and precautions are you taking within the hall during performances?

For the full details on what we are doing to keep audiences and musicians safe at our events, please click here:

Your Health & Safety

How can I help support the SDSO during this time if I can’t attend concerts?

Your continued support continues to be important to the SDSO, especially during these uncertain times. Such gifts help the SDSO continue its mission of celebrating the tradition of live orchestral music and enriching the lives of people throughout our region. Donate online today at: