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South Dakota Symphony announces 2020-21 season concert line-up

Sioux Falls, SD – The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (SDSO) and Music Director Delta David Gier announces its 2020-21 season. Highlights include a celebration of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary with a performance of his only opera, Fidelio; a tribute to funk and soul icon Aretha Franklin, and a concert with legendary pianist Emanuel Ax that launches the SDSO into its 100th anniversary (2021-22).

Maestro Gier will lead the SDSO through its six-concert Classical Series which opens with Beethoven’s Fidelio as a theatrical symphonic production. Other concerts featured on the Classical Series include an entire performance of Mozart symphonies, a special Valentine’s weekend performance of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, and a beautiful concert featuring the works of Oscar-winner Erich Korngold and the iconic Rachmaninoff. The concert dedicated to launching the SDSO into its 100th anniversary features Beethoven’s “Emperor” with Emanuel Ax, as well as Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony.

The SDSO’s Pops Series begins with a rivalry for the ages, pitting Star Wars vs Star Trek in a concert that will delight sci-fi fans of all ages. ‘Tis the Season returns to the stage this holiday season, with Broadway conductor Andy Einhorn returning for a second year after a much celebrated performance with the SDSO and Chorus. A celebration of the legendary American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein includes selections from West Side Story and more, and the Pops Series will come to a close with the Aretha Franklin tribute concert, featuring Broadway star Capathia Jenkins and R&B singer Ryan Shaw.

“From Beethoven to Bernstein and Brahms to Bruckner and plenty of fun symphonic pops concerts, the SDSO’s 99th season has an eclectic range of programming with something for everyone!” says SDSO Executive Director Jennifer Teisinger.

“I hope you will be a part of the global celebration of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary next season,” says Music Director Delta David Gier. “We are bookending the 2020-21 season with his opera, Fidelio, and his Emperor Piano Concerto – with plenty of great music in the months in between.”

Subscriptions for the 2020-21 season are now on sale to the public. Subscribers receive a variety of benefits including the same seats through the entire concert season and discounts on their tickets. An Imperial Series subscription offers 11 concerts for the price of 8 in a package that includes the entirety of both the Classical and Pops Series plus a ticket to Handel’s Messiah. New Imperial Subscribers will also receive a ticket to Beethoven’s Ninth on September 19, 2020.

The deadline for subscription renewal is Saturday, April 4, 2020. Single tickets will go on sale in August 2020.

The full Classical Series and Pops Series lineups:

2020-21 Classical Series

2020-21 Pops Series

Other performances

For more information, visit All concerts are performed at the Washington Pavilion unless otherwise noted.

Packages and tickets can be purchased at; by calling the Washington Pavilion box office at 605-356-6000 during business hours (9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday); or in-person at the Washington Pavilion. For packages, call 605-3670-6000 or visit


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*March 24, 2020: This article was updated to reflect the new performance date for Beethoven’s Ninth. Its original dates were April 18 & 19, 2020. The ticket on-sale date has also been changed from August 24, 2020.