Classical Music

South Dakota Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Jennifer Boomgaarden explains expansion of the Music as Medicine program, a partnership with Avera Health and South Dakota Community Foundation. Highlights include a new "memoir" pilot program, how grant money and individual donations fuel the orchestra, and plans to travel Music as Medicine beyond the Sioux Falls region.

National Music Museum, Vermillion, South Dakota

Vermillion’s National Music Museum is home to the world’s earliest known cello. But this summer the the 16th century Amati 'King' cello is on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Given its rarity and value, the stringed instrument rarely leaves South Dakota.

World-class pianists are back in Sioux Falls for the ninth annual Dakota Sky International Piano Festival. The event runs through Saturday, July 13 at the Washington Pavilion and features a series of recitals, seminars, master classes and children's concerts. Pianists Gregory DeTurck and Douglas Humphreys, cellist Maxim Koslov and soprano Kayleen Sanches are the featured artists for this summer's programs. Gregory DeTurck and founder and artistic director Paul Sanchez joined Dakota Midday for festival details.

Travis Anderson

This month the Minnesota Orchestra became the first North American symphony to perform in Cuba since President Obama began normalizing relations with the island nation last December. In a whirlwind three-day trip to Havana, the orchestra played two sold-out concerts, worked with high school and college students, and played side-by-side with a conservatory youth orchestra. Some of the Minnesota Orchestra’s more jazz-inclined players stayed up ‘til the wee hours jamming with Cuban musicians.

Baritone Louis Otey grew up in Flandreau, South Dakota dreaming of being a basketball player, not an opera singer. In fact he'd never heard an opera until he sang in one. But during his 35 year career, Otey has performed with leading theaters around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera.

Photo by Ellen Appel-Mike Moreland/The Cliburn

Sean Chen won the won the Crystal Award at the 2013 Cliburn International Piano Competition, becoming the first American to reach the finals since 1997. His repertoire ranges from Bach and Beethoven to Scriabin and Elliot Carter. He’s also a proponent of contemporary music, performing new works by today’s composers. Last year International Piano magazine named Chen "One To Watch."

Dakota Midday: King's Singers

Dec 2, 2014
The King's Singers

The King's Singers open their North American Christmas tour in Brookings this evening at South Dakota State University. The renowned a capella group was founded in 1968 by six choral scholars from King’s College in Cambridge, England. The group’s repertoire ranges from classical and religious music to folk songs and pop tunes. Over the group’s 46 year history, 24 men have sung with the King’s Singers. Baritone Chris Bruerton has been a member of the King’s Singers since 2012.

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT

Join NPR Music for a live audio performance by the stellar Berlin Philharmonic and conductor Simon Rattle in a program of Rachmaninov, Bruch and Stravinsky with dazzling violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.  Click to listen

Orlando Chamber Soloists

The Orlando Chamber Soloists are back for the 7th annual Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills. The group first came together in 2004 with professional musicians from the Boston Pops, New Jersey Symphony, Curtis Institute, Louisiana Philharmonic and orchestras throughout Florida.

Mark O'Connor: American Fiddler

Apr 3, 2014
Jim McGuire

Violinist Mark O'Connor is one of today's most remarkable and versatile musicians. He plays jazz, county, bluegrass, folk and classical. He's also an accomplished guitarist and mandolin player. He's composed a number of orchestral works, including his "Fiddle Concerto" which has become the most-performed modern violin concerto of the last forty years. As an educator, he's developed the O'Connor Violin Method. The thread holding all of O'Connor's musical endeavors together is a distinctly American approach.

Dakota Midday: 'From the Top' Comes to Vermillion

Sep 11, 2013
Wendy Lynch

Over the past thirteen years, the National Public Radio program “From the Top” has featured many of the finest young classical musicians from around the country. Since the show's debut in 2000, hundreds of young artists from 8 to 18 have been showcased. Many “From the Top” alumni now hold major positions in American orchestras. On Sunday, September 15, “From the Top” comes to Vermillion for a live show taping at the National Music Museum on the USD campus.

The Rawlins Piano Trio's New CD

Aug 14, 2013

"Attracting Opposites: New Music for Piano Trio" is the latest CD released by the internationally-acclaimed University of South Dakota Rawlins Piano Trio. Featuring five works commissioned by the Trio, the CD was recorded in June 2012 for the Azica label and is distributed by Naxos. The five award-winning composers of the works on the new CD are Emma Lou Diemer, James Lentini, Timothy Hoekman, Miguel Roig-Francoli and Stephen Yarbrough. Yarbrough served on the faculty at USD until his retirement in 2011 while "Yeats Songs" by Timothy Hoekman features USD alumna and soprano Carla Connors.