Classical Music

Delta David Gier Talks "The Genius of Mozart"

Nov 20, 2020

In The Moment … November 20, 2020 Show 946 Hour 1

Mozart was known for his melodies, and each melody was distinct. This Saturday inside the Washington Pavilion in downtown Sioux Falls, the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra performs The Genius of Mozart. Delta David Gier is the music director and conductor for the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.

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Arts & Lifestyle: Apr 4 - 10

Apr 10, 2020

This week we hear how PowWow goes on even in the during the pandemic, and episodes 3 and 4 of "Hearing Music."

Arts & Lifestyle: Mar 28 - Apr 3

Apr 3, 2020

We spend the majority of the program helping those who might be missing music as art and music as worship during this pandemic and Lenten season. All this and more in this week's arts and lifestyle podcast.

Josh Haiar

In The Moment ... January 10, 2020 Show 731 Hour 1

The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra celebrates Pulitzer Prize-winning music, the intersection of classical music and dance, and the Chinese New Year in their upcoming performance this weekend in Sioux Falls.  Delta David Gier is the conductor and music director of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. He joins us today in the SDPB Sioux Falls studios. 

John Nguyen

In The Moment ... October 11, 2019 Show 678 Hour 1

While the architectural expansion and renovation continues at the National Music Museum in Vermillion, NMM Live! welcomes award-winning cello virtuoso Cameron Crozman to Farber Hall in Old Main on the campus of the University of South Dakota.

The Canadian artist has been named "Canada's next big cello star" by CBC Music and the 2019-20 Classical Revelation artist of Radio-Canada.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... March 1, 2019 Show 526 Hour 1

Sergei Prokofiev composed his 5th Symphony as a "hymn to free and happy man," but he did so while the world was burning. The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra features the work in its upcoming performance this Saturday, March 2nd at 7:30 p.m. CDT. Maestro Delta David Gier is with us for a preview.

In The Moment ... November 21, 2018 Show 465 Hour 2

Originally from South Dakota, Kelley Mikkelsen attended Eastman School of Music and has gone on to perform to acclaim in concerts in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

She joined us in the Sioux Falls Studio in September.

Here are excerpts from Kelley's performance with pianist Cara Ellen Modisett at First Congregational Church in Rapid City for the Black Hills Chamber Music Society. It was recorded by Rick Van Ness.

You'll hear:
"Largo" from Sonata in d minor by Frederic Chopin

Launch Of The Bach Society of the Black Hills

Oct 1, 2018
Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... October 1. 2018 Show 433 Hour 1

Dr. John L. Johnson has returned to South Dakota to launch the Bach Society of the Black Hills. The organization celebrates the music of composer J.S. Bach and the other masters of the Baroque era.

John Johnson joined In The Moment from The Black Hills Surgical Hospital Studio inside SDPB Black Hills Studio.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... September 19, 2018 Show 425 Hour 2

The Black Hills Chamber Music Society launches its season with a cello and piano duet on Sunday, September 23rd. That's after Thursday's performance at the new Hamre Recital Hall at Augustana University in Sioux Falls.

Cellist Kelley Mikkelsen joined In The Moment during her trip to South Dakota.

Originally from South Dakota, she attended Eastman School of Music and has gone on to perform to acclaim in concerts in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... May 15, 2018 Show 337 Hour 2

After 40 years of teaching orchestra in Rapid City, Mr. William Evans leaves the podium. He's a graduate of Stevens High School (class of '72) and he's the most tenured teacher at the school.

Though he's conducted his final concert for the high school, his legacy in South Dakota music education lives on.

He joins us with highlights from his career.

In The Moment ... April 25, 2018 Show 323 Hour 1

If Bach were alive today, what kind of music would he be into? Would he follow the best contemporary classical composers? Would he seek out the sacred by downloading some Christian rock?

David Berberick, assistant professor of music at Black Hills State University, presents the Geek Speak lecture "From Bach to Brain Drill: Exploring the Similarities Between Metal and Classical Music and Fandom."

The presentation is at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow (4/26/18) at BHSU. All Geek Speaks are free and open to the public.

South Dakota Symphony Orchestra

In The Moment ... April 6, 2018 Show 310 Hour 1

The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra is in concert this weekend in the Great Hall of the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.

We're joined now by Maestro Delta David Gier, bassoonist Martin Kuuskmann, and composer Paul Moravec.

In The Moment ... March 26, 2018 Show 304 Hour 1

Join acclaimed pianist Javor Bračić for a fresh experience of classical music. It's called "The Art of Listening" and it invites audiences to do more than simply sit in the seats. The "Art of Listening" is an interactive tour through the essential works, concepts, and characters of classical music

The performance is March 26 at 6 p.m. MT in Meier Hall on the Black Hills State University campus in Spearfish.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... March 13, 2018 Show 295 Hour 1

The Rushmore Music Fesitval embarks upon its fourth season. We're joined by Executive Director Brett Wallfish and Artistic Director Katie Smirnova.

Enter discount code at either site below: SDPB20

This code allows the option to buy a pass to the "Multi-Concert SDPB Special" will be available for $24.00 (plus the service fee).  This is available until Sunday (March 18, 2018) at 11:59 PM MTN.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... March 13, 2018 Show 295 Hour 2

Brigit Blote is the winner of the 2018 Young Artist Competition with the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra. She's a violist and also an avid runner.

In The Moment ... February 2, 2018 Show 269 Hour 1

The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra performs this weekend in the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls. The concert is Saturday, February 3rd at 7:30 p.m.

Maestro Delta David Gier and South Dakota Symphony Orchestra Youth Orchestra music director Thomas Fortner are with us.

In The Moment ... January 12, 2018 Show 255 Hour 1

Following the success of the Music Unwound program "Dvořák and America" last season, the South Dakota Symphony orchestra presents a program focusing on the relationship between Aaron Copland and the dynamic Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas.

South Dakota Symphony Conductor and Music Director Delta David Gier invited Joseph Horowitz into the SDPB studios to talk about the music program, the visual elements, and the story of Copland and Mexico.

In The Moment ... January 11, 2018 Show 254 Hour 2

Dr. Frank Candelaria is historian of Western European and American Art Musics at the University of Texas at El Paso. His research focuses on Catholic music cultures in Spain, Mexico, and the American Southwest. His current book under contract is about music in early Mexican Catholicism.

Dr. Candelaria presents for the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra in Sioux Falls for their program on Aaron Copland in Mexico and at the University of South Dakota on the Aztec Renaissance.

In The Moment ... December 8, 2017 Show 236 Hour 1 

For this week's Moment in Sound we welcome Tammy Yonce, music professor at South Dakota State University. Later this month, she and her flute depart for Israel.

She's taking part in the 2017 Winter Faculty Fellowship Program in Israel, sponsored by the Jewish National Fund and Media Watch International.

In The Moment ... December 5, 2017 Show 233 Hour 2 

Heath Weber is board president for the South Dakota Chorale. He also sings with the group. The Chorale has received three 2018 Grammy nominations for their recording of the Tyberg Masses.

In The Moment ... December 5, 2017 Show 233 Hour 1 

The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra brings a new holiday extravaganza to the state. We're joined by Jennifer Boomgaarden, Executive Director, SDSO, 'Tis the Season director and choreographer Darren Lee, and featured soloist Tiffany Haas.

In The Moment November 30, 2017 Show 230 Hour 1 

The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra presents the Handel's Messiah this Saturday, December 2 at 7 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls.

We're joined by Delta David Gier, Conductor and Music Director, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, and
James Johnson, Chorusmaster for the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra Chorus for a conversation about a 300-year-old sacred music tradition.

In The Moment ... November 29, 2017 Show 229 Hour 1 

Bruce Knowles, conductor of the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra joins us for a preview of the orchestra's Baroque Christmas concert, December 2, 2017.


David Xenakis and Delta David Gier join Dakota Midday during the on-air retirement party for Owen DeJong, host of SDPB Radio's Morning Classics for 20 years. Xenakis studied with DeJong at the University of South Dakota. Gier is the music director of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. They visited about their friendship and about the legacy as well as the value of classical music in the community.

Mark O'Connor is a composer, fiddler, teacher, and innovator. He joins Dakota Midday to talk about American classical music, the art of improvisation, and how to raise the next generation of American performers/composers.

Dan Graber and Jack Mohlenhoff discuss an upcoming service of a funeral mass for the dead in recognition of the Christian Good Friday. On the Friday before Easter, Christians gather around the cross and remember the death of Jesus of Nazareth. Mohlenhoff and Graber are leading a combined service in Sioux Falls with a choir of more than 70 volunteers in Gabriel Fauré's Requiem. We discuss  the “lullaby to death” that Faure called his mass, as well as the challenges of working in the centuries-old profession of church choir director.

One of the premier projects of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra is the Lakota Music Project. This week, the orchestra travels to Sisseton with the program Dvořák in America. Maestro Delta David Gier and musicologist Joe Horowitz (author of "Classical Music in America: A History) join Dakota Midday to talk about American music, the symphony as humanities organization, and the power of the Lakota Music Project.

Chad Hutchinson is the newly appointed music director of the South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra. He sits down with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to discuss the vision for the orchestra's future, what musicians can learn from visual artists,  and the value of connecting young musicians with professionals.

Dr. Crystal Sellers-Battle and Dr. Lucia Unrau discuss classical music composed by and for African Americans. From arias to art songs to spirituals, Sellers-Battle discusses the power and influence of contemporary American classical music.

Composer Marcel Tyberg was killed in Auschwitz during the Holocaust. The South Dakota Chorale will perform two lost Masses by Tyberg, the first time they have been stage since Marcel played them himself.

SD Chorale Artistic Director Brian Schmidt shares Tyberg's story and discusses the composer, his legacy, and the concert he played for friends, just days before the Gestapo captured him in a night raid.