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The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra’s mission is “To celebrate the tradition of live orchestral music and enrich the lives of people throughout our region.

Due to COVID-19, we canceled the remaining performances and community outreach programs in the 2019-20 season, but now more than ever we all need access to music. Our musicians and staff are working to bring you regular programs: recordings of select past concerts, impromptu chamber music performances as well as duets and solo performances, and talks with Delta David Gier and our musicians.

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SOUTH DAKOTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA VIRTUAL CONTENT

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CONCERT PERFORMANCES
Event Name Description Posted
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The Ring Without Words – Richard Wagner
SDSO Performance – March 7, 2020
May 20, 2020
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The Healing Power of Music: Music for the Soul
Selections from Holst’s “The Planets”
A special half-hour program as part of the series, “The Healing Power of Music: Music for the Soul” on KELO-TV, featuring selections from the SDSO’s 2015 performance of Holst’s The Planets with visuals by Adrian Wyard.
May 18, 2020
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The Healing Power of Music: Music for the Soul
Selections from Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite” and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Midori – Part 2
A special half-hour program as part of the series, “The Healing Power of Music: Music for the Soul” on KELO-TV, featuring selections from Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite” and the part 1 of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with soloist Midori.
May 10, 2020
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The Healing Power of Music: Music for the Soul
Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite” and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Midori – Part 1
A special half-hour program as part of the series, “The Healing Power of Music: Music for the Soul” on KELO-TV, featuring selections from Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite” and the part 1 of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with soloist Midori.
May 4, 2020
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The Healing Power of Music: Music for the Soul
Happy 125th Birthday, South Dakota
A special half-hour program as part of the series, “The Healing Power of Music: Music for the Soul” on KELO-TV, featuring selections of Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony from the October 4, 2014 performance of Happy 125th Birthday, South Dakota.
April 27, 2020
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Puccini’s La Bohéme
SDSO Performance – March 19 & 20, 2016
April 23, 2020
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Bach’s St John Passion
SDSO Performance – April 12 & 13, 2014
April 1, 2020
ENSEMBLES & OTHER PERFORMANCES – #SDSOatHome
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Robbie Erhard, Daniel Kitchens, Yi-Chun Lin – Haydn’s Divertimento in E flat major
Treat yourself to parts 1 and 2 of Joseph Haydn’s Divertimento in E flat major! #SDSOatHome
April 23, 2020
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Ioana Galu – “Longer” by Dan Fogelberg, violin cover
Ioana Galu, one of the newest members of the SDSO, an Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of South Dakota, and a member of the Rawlins Piano Trio, performs from home the violin cover for “Longer” by Dan Fogelberg. #SDSOatHome
April 14, 2020
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Doosook Kim – Ave Maria by Franz Schubert
SDSO concertmaster Doosook Kim would like to share a special performance of Ave Maria. Please enjoy, and stay safe! #SDSOatHome
April 19, 2020
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Dan Kitchens – selections from “An Alpine Journey” by Richard Strauss
Dan Kitchens, Principal Horn with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, performs selections from Richard Strauss’ “An Alpine Symphony.” #SDSOatHome
April 15, 2020
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Yi-Chun Lin – Giddens’ “At the Purchaser’s Option with variations”
SDSO Principal Viola Yi-Chun Lin performs four parts of Rhiannon Giddens’ “At the Purchaser’s Option with variations.” Enjoy watching this engaging performance! #SDSOatHome
May 14, 2020
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Mark Nelson – “I Sing the Mighty Power of God”
Mark Nelson, SDSO Principal Trumpet, presents the hymn, “I Sing the Mighty Power of God.” Enjoy! #SDSOatHome
May 17, 2020
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Mark Nelson – “Nocturne” from Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream
Mark Nelson, Principal Trumpet of the SDSO, shares a performance with all of you: Nocturne from Mendelssohn’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” While it may have been originally written for french horn, Mark says, “It’s a great melody and I really like it!” #SDSOatHome
April 9, 2020
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Jeffrey Paul – Ferling’s Duet Op.13, No.1
Enjoy a bit of positivity this morning as SDSO principal oboe Jeffrey Paul performs both parts in Ferling’s Duet Op.13, No.1. #SDSOatHome
March 31, 2020
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John Pennington – Nine Lives
John Pennington, Principal Percussionist of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, performs the self-composed piece, “Nine Lives.” Enjoy! Special thanks to South Dakota Public Broadcasting for filming and producing this video. #SDSOatHome
May 6, 2020
BEYOND THE STAGE
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Clarinet Basics with Chris Hill
The SDSO’s Principal Clarinet, Chris Hill, talks clarinet basics for clarinet players who are looking to improve their skills.
May 18, 2020
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An Introduction to the Horn with Daniel Kitchens
The SDSO’s Principal Horn, Daniel Kitchens, gives us an introduction to the horn and some fun facts about its history.
May 18, 2020
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Bow Basics with Yi-Chun Lin
The SDSO’s Principal Viola, Yi-Chun Lin, talks about bow basics.
May 15, 2020
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String Crossing with Yi-Chun Lin
The SDSO’s Principal Viola, Yi-Chun Lin, talks about string crossing technique.
May 15, 2020
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How Is Sound Made On The Violin?
The SDSO’s Principal Second Violin, Magdalena Modzelewska, shows us how sound is made on the violin.
May 8, 2020
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Posture Master Class with Magdalena Modzelewska
The SDSO’s Principal Second Violin, Magdalena Modzelewska, gives a master class on proper posture.
May 7, 2020
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The Joy of Reed Making with John Tomkins
In this video, Principal Bassoon, John Tomkins, shares how to make a reed!
May 1, 2020
PODCASTS & TALKS
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Hearing the Music
Episode 1- Arrest & Betrayal
In this episode, novelist and pastor J. Mark Bertrand joins SDSO music director Delta David Gier in an exploration of Part 1 of Bach’s St John Passion.
April 1, 2020
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Hearing the Music
Episode 2 – Trial & Tribulation
This episode covers events found in John 18.28-19.17, principally the trial of Jesus before the Roman procurator Pontius Pilate.
April 3, 2020
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Episode 3 – It Is Finished
This episode covers events recounted in John 19.18-30. David and Mark talk to musicologist Marcel Zwitser about Bach’s Bible, as well as the conclusions we can draw from his choice of texts.
April 8, 2020
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Episode 4 – Dissolve, My Heart
In the final episode, covering the narrative from John 19.30-42, Mark and David reflect on the final movements of Bach’s St John Passion. The music asks the question, “How should I respond to the death of Christ?”
April 10, 2020
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Hearing the Music
Bonus Episode with Dr. Marcel Zwitser
This episode includes our entire interview with musicologist Dr. Marcel Zwitser about Bach’s Bible and the artistry of the St John Passion.
April 15, 2020
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Hearing the Music
Bonus Episode with Dr. James Johnson
This episode includes our entire phone interview with Dr. James Johnson, chorus master of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.
April 17, 2020

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