This Saturday’s Black Hills Symphony Orchestra concert features Rapid City Central High School junior Paige Werner as soloist in a performance of an oboe concerto by Alessandro Marcello. Werner is the senior division winner of this year’s Young Artist Competition, sponsored by the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra and Symphony League. Violinist Ingrid Anderson won the junior division for her performance of Ernest Bloch's "Improvisation No. 2 from Baal Shem."
Pianist Vadym Kholodenko is performing with the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra on Thursday (1/30) at the Performing Arts Center in Rapid City. Kholodenko, a 26-year-old Ukranian, is the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist. He captured the attention of jury, audience, and critics alike for "mesmerizing and exhilarating" performances that brought the crowd to their feet. He's performing over 50 engagements in 2013-2014 as part of his debut season as Cliburn Gold Medalist.
South Dakota Pianist Eugene Gienger is closing the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra’s current season with one of the most strenuous piano compositions ever written. More than 50 minutes long, Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto is a powerhouse of emotion, requiring of the pianist years of practice and great physical strength. For today’s Dakota Digest, SDPB’s Victoria Wicks travels to Gienger’s Custer home to hear him play excerpts and to talk with him about his music.