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Wisdom & Leadership – Sioux Falls

Free Event
A song cycle that tells the story of four great warriors: Crazy Horse, Two Strike, Red Cloud, and Sitting Bull

Saturday, March 9, 2019 – 7:00 PM

Multi-Cultural Center of Sioux Falls



The SDSO launches a new program of the Lakota Music Project in partnership with the Creekside Singers from Pine Ridge on Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 PM at the Multicultural Center in Sioux Falls. Featuring the Tiospa Zina Drum Group, the Creekside Singers, and baritone Stephen Bryant. The Lakota Music Project strives to engender cross-cultural understanding through the sharing of music from respective traditions.

The focus of this new program is leadership, exploring the impact of elders and mentors in Lakota/Dakota and American culture. Musically, the performance is centered around Chickasaw composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’  Tate’s “Victory Songs,” a set of songs in the Lakota Language which celebrates several Lakota leaders/warriors: Red Cloud, Two Strike, and Sitting Bull. The Creekside Singers and other Lakota performers, along with the SDSO, will also perform examples from traditional repertoire to illustrate the qualities of leadership explored in the program. Tribal Elder Chris Eagle Hawk from Pine Ridge will help elucidate the subjects during the program.

Stephen Bryant, bass-baritone. Grammy nominee Stephen L. Bryant’s distinguished career in concert and opera has taken him around the world, with acclaimed performances in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In the 2018-19 season, he performs in Charles Wuorinen’s opera Haroun and the Sea of Stories, based on the novel by Salman Rushdie, with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. In July 2019, he sings as a soloist with the Mendhelssohn Club of Philadelphia, in Tan Dun’s Water Passion after St. Matthew.

In the 2017-18 season he performed as soloist in Tan Dun’s Water Passion after St. Matthew with Soundstreams Canada. His engagements during the 2016-17 season included Handel’s Messiah with the Virginia and Pacific symphonies, Bach’s B Minor Mass with Orchestra Iowa and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, as well as performing in a pair of concerts with the Grand Rapids Bach Festival.

Mr. Bryant’s 2015-2016 season included Tan Dun’s Water Passion after St. Matthew at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and with the Brussels Philharmonic, the roles of Cecco and Raimondo in Wagner’s Rienzi with the National Philharmonic, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Bridgeport Symphony and the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Hartford Chorale.

A premiere interpreter of the works of Academy Award-winning composer Tan Dun, Bryant created the role of Dante in the world premiere of the opera Marco Polo and was nominated for a Grammy for “Best Opera Recording” for the opera’s release on Opus Arte. He reprised the role for productions at London’s Barbican Centre (broadcast by the BBC), the Bergen International Festival and with de Nederlandse Opera. He has also performed Water Passion after St. Matthew with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony, and on tour in the Netherlands; and Tan Dun’s Orchestra Theatre II with the Hamburger Symphoniker. His other recent concert appearances include Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra; Handel’s Messiah with the Indianapolis and Pittsburgh symphonies; Mozart’s Requiem with Princeton Pro Musica; and Verdi’s Requiem with the Washington National Opera Orchestra under the auspices of the Defiant Requiem Foundation.

Stephen L. Bryant has appeared in numerous roles with New York City Opera, most recently in productions of A Quiet Place and Intermezzo. Other opera performances include Mr. Gobineau in The Medium at the Spoleto Festival USA; Robert Gonzales in Stewart Wallace’s Harvey Milk and the Bonze in Madama Butterfly with San Francisco Opera; Capulet in Roméo et Juliette with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Michigan Opera Theatre, Chautauqua Opera, and Toledo Opera; George Milton in Of Mice and Men with Arizona Opera; and Indiana Elliot’s Brother in Thomson’s The Mother of Us All with Santa Fe Opera.

This performance is generously sponsored by the Bush Foundation, the Goulder Family Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.