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Beethoven’s 9th


Saturday, April 29, 2023 – 7:30 PM
*Open Rehearsal available*

Delta David Gier, conductor
Saili Oak, Hindustani soprano
Yunah Lee, soprano
Cassandra Zoé Velasco, alto
Rodrick Dixon, tenor
Ashraf Sewailam, bass-baritone
South Dakota Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Dr. Timothy J. Campbell, Chorus Director

Also joined by:
Jefferson High School Concert Choir, John Parezo, Director
Lincoln High School Concert Choir, Kathy Ferguson, Director
Roosevelt High School Concert Choir, Robyn Starks Holcomb, Director
Washington High School Concert Choir, Jeff Spencer, Director


Niloufar Iravani  / Reflections (world premiere)

Reena Esmail /  Meri Sakhi ki Avaaz (“My Sister’s Voice”)

Beethoven / Symphony No. 9

The 22/23 season finale and Bridging Cultures event! Beethoven’s glorious Symphony No. 9 and the famous “Ode to Joy” is a call for the triumph of universal brotherhood over desperation.  Delta David Gier pairs this message with Reena Esmail’s “My Sister’s Voice” and a world premiere by Niloufar Iravani.

The SDSO is opening up the final rehearsal of Beethoven’s 9th as another option to experience this grand piece of music.  The open rehearsal is Saturday, April 29th from 1:00-3:30p in the Mary W. Sommervold Hall of the Washington Pavilion.  Doors open at 12:30p.  **Please note that this is a working rehearsal, offering an inside look at the creative process.**
Tickets are $10, general admission

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Concert Insights

6:30 PM      Mary W. Sommervold Hall, Washington Pavilion

Join Music Director Delta David Gier as he contextualizes the music and enriches the performance with background on guest artists and the repertoire. Concert Insights is held in the Mary W. Sommervold Hall of the Washington Pavilion.

7 @ 7:07 – Seven things to listen for in the concert!

7:07 PM    3rd Floor Lobby, Washington Pavilion

Join SDSO Assistant Conductor Thomas Fortner as he leads a pre-concert talk highlighting interesting features of the concert that evening. This fast-paced and energetic lecture takes place in the north lobby of the third floor prior to every Saturday evening Classical Concert.

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