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Musical compositions from twenty participants of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra’s Music Composition Academies will feature on a concert that is free to the public.
As part of the SDSO’s Lakota Music Project, the academies began in 2017 and brought together high school musicians from Sisseton, Pine Ridge, Oelrichs, Mission, and Rapid City for week-long periods in the summer. Professional composers Theodore Wiprud, Jeffrey Paul, Michael Begay, and Paul Lombardi worked with the young composers in both group workshops to awaken creativity, and individual composing sessions. Each student worked to compose a piece for either string quartet or woodwind quintet. This year the academy was expanded to include members of the South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra; five of whose compositions will be premiered on the March 7 program.
The performance is the first time the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra has performed all 20 works in one concert, bringing together the minds and voices of students of the Academies in Spearfish, Sisseton, and Sioux Falls.
Support for the performance comes from the Gilchrist Foundation, New Music USA, the Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research, and 2018 South Dakota Symphony Gala donors.
About Music Alive
The Residency of Theodore Wiprud is made possible through Music Alive, a residency program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA. This national program prioritizes collaborative work and immersive experiences for composers, orchestra musicians, artistic leadership, and community members. Music Alive hopes to demonstrate—through active partnership with the participating residency pairings—the power and value of living composers working at the center of American orchestras. Major funding for Music Alive comes from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Amphion Foundation, The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund, the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.