The Lakota Music Project is a long-term collaborative program in partnership between the SDSO and the Native American Community. It seeks to build tangible bridges between White and Native communities by finding points of common interest and experience. At every turn, the Lakota Music Project strives to bring White and Native communities together through their shared experience in music.
SDSO’s Music Composition Academy, part of the Lakota Music Project, have Lakota high school students from Pine Ridge and Rapid City who have the desire to learn about music and music composition. The Music Composition Academies engage students in creative expression through music with daily composition lessons and activities emphasizing cultural understanding and finding human commonalities. They will work one-on-one with Chickasaw Composer-in-Residence, Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, Aug. 13-19 at Crazy Horse Memorial.
The end result of the academy is a concert by the Dakota Wind Quintet performing pieces composed by the students at The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center’s theater in Spearfish on Sunday, Sept. 10.
“Spearfish audiences are in for a treat when they experience this program in the intimate confines of the 1906 Matthews Opera House,” said Michael Holland, the SDSO’s Community Engagement Manager. “Presented up close and personal, the works will engage audience members as they feel a connection to both the music and the musicians through the compositions of these talented composers.”
“We are pleased to be a partner in presenting these Lakota composers’ music to our community,” remarks Sian Young, executive director of The Matthews. “This is a unique and inspirational musical event which features the story of each composer’s creative journey. It is not often we get to experience the start of a composer’s musical career. This performance gives us that chance to encourage our youth in making the arts a part of their lives.”
The Dakota Wind Quintet has been providing live performances and lecture demonstrations throughout the state of South Dakota and the Midwest since 1982. The wind quintet works closely with the surrounding community by providing music to create a positive impact on patient healing in the Music as Medicine Program and visiting various schools presenting age appropriate programs to students. The Dakota Wind Quintet consists of five talented musicians who also serve as principal woodwind players of the SDSO. Members of the quintet are William Cedeño Torres (flute), Jeffrey Paul (oboe), John Tomkins (bassoon), Christopher Hill (clarinet), and Daniel Kitchens (horn).
The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra is based in Sioux Falls, SD, a vibrant and growing community serving a 125-mile region that touches 5 states. Known for innovative programming and statewide outreach, the SDSO has a strong heritage upon which to build an even stronger future. SDSO was the 2016 winner of the Bush Prize for Community Innovation. The Bush Prize recognizes organizations for their innovative work in community engagement. In addition, the SDSO was selected as 1 of 5 orchestras in the country to participate in a three-year composer residency through New Music USA which brings American Indian composer, Jerod Tate, to the SDSO through 2019. The SDSO is the region’s premier performing arts organization with the Washington Pavilion as its home. Artistically, the SDSO is led by Maestro Delta David Gier who has guided the orchestra to new musical heights.
The next event at The Matthews is the Hank Harris & Matt Berry concert, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22. This is the kick-off event of the 2017-18 Subscription Series season. Single tickets go on sale Sept. 1. For additional information or to learn about upcoming events, visit www.matthewsopera.com