SDPB Premieres New, Local Documentary
Saturday, November 25, 8pm (7pm MT) on SDPB1.

Mission Quilter Vi Colombe presents one of her award-winning star quilts.

November 13, 2017

VERMILLION, SD – From county fairs and tribal lands to church basements and modern quilting guilds, SDPB’s new, one-hour documentary Points of Pride: South Dakota’s Quilting Heritage travels the state to showcase the art and heritage of South Dakota’s vibrant quilting communities.

Produced by SDPB’s Stephanie Rissler, the film features South Dakota quilt documentarian Mary Reece Fitzgerald, author of South Dakota Quilts and Quilt Makers, (published by South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum), Rapid City quilter Beth Mazella, Mission quilter Vi Colombe and many other local quilters.

Dell Rapids quilt documentarian Mary Reecy inspects a quilt.

For an excerpt of the documentary, “Lone Star Quilts,” see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcTNT6CNddU

Points of Pride: South Dakota’s Quilting Heritage premieres Saturday, November 25, 8pm (7 MT) on SDPB1.


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The Black Hills State University Music Department will perform ‘A Madrigal Dinner’ Nov. 30 – Dec. 2. All performances are at 6:30 p.m. in Clare & Josef Meier Hall on the BHSU campus in Spearfish. Tickets are $45 each and support the BHSU Music Department. Photo: BHSU

November 1, 2017

Spearfish, SD – Audiences will be treated to a full evening of food, music, and theatrical entertainment Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 as Black Hills State University presents “A Madrigal Dinner.” The Madrigal Dinner is an annual fund-raising event for the BHSU Music Department featuring a small ensemble of 16 singers that specialize in performing early music each fall semester.

Madrigals were popular vocal pieces on secular texts in the 16th and 17th centuries. “It was the pop music of the Renaissance,” explained Dr. Jonathan Nero, professor of music. “This formal event is different every year and I think it’s always a great kick-off to the holiday season.”

The singers, in Renaissance garb, will portray a 16th-century king, queen, and court who have invited the audience to a Christmas feast in the castle’s great hall. During the dinner portion of the evening, the court and the court jester will present a program including performances of several a cappella traditional carols including “The Boar’s Head Carol,” “A Wassail Song,” “Deck the Hall,” and of course, “Silent Night.”

In addition to beautiful music, the audience will enjoy a wonderful meal catered by A’viands. The first course is a Maple Brie and Cheddar Apple Soup followed by Whole Roasted Turkey with Citrus Rosemary Salt and Wild Rice Stuffing and Figgy Pudding for dessert. After dessert, the court will perform a brief concert of Renaissance madrigals which will feature solos, small ensembles, and the full group performing a cappella and harpsichord-accompanied madrigals by master composers of the Renaissance and early Baroque including John Dowland, Hans Leo Hassler, Thomas Tomkins, and others.

The 2017 Madrigal Dinner performances will be held Thursday, Nov. 30 through Saturday, Dec. 2. All performances are at 6:30 p.m. in Clare & Josef Meier Hall on the BHSU campus in Spearfish. Tickets are $45 each and support the BHSU Music Department.

The Madrigal Dinner typically sells out quickly, so make your reservations soon at http://www.BHSU.edu/Madrigal or call Raena Martinez at 605.642.6420, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Please notify us of any dietary needs such as vegetarian meals or nut allergies when making reservations.

The BHSU Music Department offers students diverse courses and opportunities as they pursue degrees in Music and Music Education. BHSU is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

2017 Madrigal Dinner performers:

Alicia Absher, chemistry major from Belle Fourche, SD.

Cheyenne Black, music major from Rapid City, SD.

Hayes Chohon, music education major from Ainsworth, Neb.

Carissa Deming, music education major from Newcastle, Wyo.

Hailey Hanzlik, psychology major from Spearfish, SD.

Mallary Hoffmann, psychology major from Brookings,SD.

Gwen Hoops, English education major from Sturgis, SD.

Harmony Logue, music education major from Rapid City, SD.

Rylann Olson, music education major from Dickinson, N.D.

Eric Quaschnick, music education major from Spearfish, SD.

Micah Pennel, music education major from Hill City, SD.

Hannah Rehmeier, music education major from St. Onge, SD.

Gregory Roling, music education major from Piedmont, SD.

Dillon Smith, outdoor education major from Watford City, N.D.

Grace Wetrich, outdoor education major from Sioux Falls, SD.

Katie Zerbst, music education major from Sturgis, SD.

Library to Open “Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists”


October 27, 2017

Washington – Original works by women cartoonists and illustrators are featured in a new exhibition opening at the Library of Congress on Nov. 18. Spanning the late 1800s to the present, “Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists” brings to light remarkable but little-known contributions made by North American women to these art forms.

In fields traditionally dominated by men, many women have long earned their livelihoods creating art intended for reproduction and wide dissemination in newspapers, periodicals and books. Women pursuing careers in the early days of the visual arts, as in nearly every other profession, encountered limitations in training, permitted subject matter and adequate work environments. A host of challenges and longstanding social restrictions in a traditionally male-controlled system impeded many from advancing in their chosen fields.

The selected works drawn from the Library’s extensive collections highlight the gradual broadening in both the private and public spheres of women’s roles and interests, addressing such themes as evolving ideals of feminine beauty, new opportunities emerging for women in society, changes in gender relations and issues of human welfare. “Drawn to Purpose” demonstrates that women, once constrained by social conditions and convention, have gained immense new opportunities for self-expression and discovery to share with growing, appreciative audiences.

The exhibition will feature nearly 70 works by 43 artists in two rotations during its run from Nov. 18, 2017, through Oct. 20, 2018,in the Graphic Arts Galleries of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The exhibition will be free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are not needed.

The exhibition is made possible by the Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon. An online version will be available to audiences nationwide at loc.gov on Nov. 18.

“Drawn to Purpose” is organized into seven sections: Themes and Genres; Golden Age Illustrators; Early Comics; New Voices, New Narratives; Editorial Illustrators; Magazine Covers and Cartoons; and Political Cartoonists.

Detail, “Dancing Couples No. 1,” Anne Harriet Fish (1890–1964). Cover for Vanity Fair, March 1920

Among the artists and works featured are Grace Drayton’s wide-eyed, red-cheeked Campbell Kids, who debuted in 1909; Lynn Johnston’s comic strip “For Better or For Worse”; Persian Gulf War editorial illustrations by Sue Coe and Frances Jetter; “Mixed Marriage” by New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast; and work by best-selling graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier.

The Library will release a companion book, “Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists” by curator Martha H. Kennedy, in the spring of 2018. Featuring more than 240 eye-catching illustrations from Library collections, “Drawn to Purpose” provides additional insights into the personal and professional experiences of more than 80 artists. Their individual stories—shaped by their access to art training, the impact of family on their careers and experiences of gender bias in the marketplace—serve as vivid reminders of the human dimensions of social change during a period in which the roles and interests of women spread from the private to the public sphere. The hardcover volume is published in association with University of Mississippi Press and will be available for $50 in the Library of Congress shop, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. Credit card orders are taken at (888) 682-3557 or loc.gov/shop/ and bookstores nationwide.

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov; access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov; and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.

Custer High School Drama Department Presents Fall Play Sister Act -A Divine Musical Comedy

Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless.  A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE!

Lights! Glitter! Glamor! 

CHS Drama Department is pleased to present their fabulous fall play
Sister Act A Divine Musical Comedy
November 17-18 – 7 p.m.
At the Custer High School Theatre
CSD Activity Tickets Accepted or Adults- $5; K-12 Students $3; or $2 Senior Citizens

Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.

Custer High School – 1645 Wildcat Lane Custer, SD 57730


Library’s Koussevitzky Foundation Announces Commission Winners

October 18, 2017

Washington, DC – The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new musical works to six composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundation and the performing organizations that will present performances of the newly composed works.

Award winners and the groups co-sponsoring their commissions are Jérôme Combier and Argento New Music Project, Georg Friedrich Haas and Third Coast Percussion, Yotam Haber and Collide-O-Scope Music, Juri Seo and the Argus Quartet, Diego Alberto Tedesco and Plural Ensemble of Madrid, and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon and Cygnus Ensemble.

Serge Koussevitzky, conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1924 to 1949, was a champion of contemporary music. Throughout his distinguished career, he played a vital role in the creation of new works by commissioning such composers as Béla Bartók, Leonard Bernstein and Igor Stravinsky. He established the Koussevitzky Foundation in the Library in 1949 to continue his lifelong commitment to composers and new music. Applications for commissions are accepted annually.

There are nearly 500 of these commissioned works, created by some of the world’s most celebrated composers, in the Library’s unparalleled music collections. Among the commissions are examples of the composers’ most iconic works, including Bartók’s “Concerto for Orchestra”; Benjamin Britten’s opera “Peter Grimes”; Olivier Messiaen’s “Turangalîla-Symphonie”; and Arnold Schoenberg’s cantata “A Survivor from Warsaw.” The Library holds the composers’ original manuscripts of these works.

The Koussevitzky commissioning program is designed primarily for established composers who have demonstrated considerable merit through their works and for orchestras and chamber groups that have a record of excellence in the performance of contemporary music. For more information, visit Koussevitzky.org.

  • Jérôme Combier resides in France, where he founded and directs Ensemble Cairn. His works are featured frequently at leading festivals and concerts throughout Europe and he has worked closely with Paris-based IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) and its associated Ensemble InterContemporain, a leading proponent of contemporary works. His music is published by Lemoine and Verlag Neue Musik (Berlin) and is recorded on the Motus label. Combier’s commission for Argento New Music Project will result in a work for violin and large ensemble.
  • Georg Friedrich Haas, professor of music at Columbia University, will write a new percussion quartet for the ensemble Third Coast Percussion. Haas grew up in Austria, studying in Graz and Vienna, and went on to count the Grand Austrian State Prize—the country’s highest artistic honor—among his many national and international honors. Haas’ groundbreaking works are for a range of performing forces, including numerous operas. His recent “Morgen und Abend” was commissioned by The Royal Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin.
  • Yotam Haber was born in Holland and is a citizen of Israel and the United States. After receiving his doctorate in composition from Cornell University, he was awarded two ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Awards and the ASCAP Frederick Fennell Prize. He received a Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship, among others. Haber’s commissions have come from ensembles and festivals in the U.S. and Europe, including works for JACK Quartet, Bang on a Can, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and an evening-length piece for the Alabama Symphony. Collide-O-Scope Music joins the foundation in commissioning Haber’s new work for soprano and chamber ensemble.
  • Juri Seo, a pianist as well as composer, is an assistant professor of music at Princeton University. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Otto Eckstein Fellowship from Tanglewood and the Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship from the University of Illinois, from which she holds the M.M. and D.M.A degrees in music composition. Seo’s debut album, “Mostly Piano,” was released this year by Innova Recordings. She is commissioned to write a new string quartet for the Argus Quartet.
  • Diego Alberto Tedesco, a native of Buenos Aires, gained initial recognition as a composer when he won first prize at Argentina’s Juan Carlos Paz competition. Since then, he has been commissioned by groups in the U.S. and Europe, as well as by the prestigious Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires for his first opera, “El Fiord.” Tedesco, initially self-taught as a composer and trained as a visual artist, was awarded Argentina’s highest arts recognition for music in 2014. He will write a new chamber work for Plural Ensemble of Madrid.
  • Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon was born in Mexico and moved to the U.S. to pursue music studies in composition, culminating in a doctorate, from the University of Pennsylvania. He is professor of composition at the Eastman School of Music. Zohn-Muldoon’s works have been programmed and commissioned by foremost ensembles such as Eighth Blackbird, Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, Ensemble Hanover and San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. Zohn-Muldoon was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize. Other honors include fellowships from Tanglewood and the Guggenheim and Carmago foundations. He is commissioned to write a new chamber work for Cygnus Ensemble.


Native American Student Composers to Perform at Crazy Horse Memorial

Custer, SD – The Black Hills will echo with the sound of American Indian classical music, September 9th and 10th, at 11:30, 1:30 AND 3:00, as six Native American students perform their musical compositions, accompanied by musicians from the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. The Dakota Wind Quintet will be playing at Crazy Horse Memorial on Saturday and the Dakota String Quartet will be featured on Sunday. The public is invited, and the concerts are FREE with admission to Crazy Horse Memorial.

The young musicians have been mentored by Emmy Award winning Chickasaw composer, Jerod Impichaachaaha’Tate, who is dedicated to the development of American Indian classical composition. When asked about the students enrolled in the Music Academy, Tate said, “They were a truly amazing, fantastic, and dedicated group of young people.” The Native American musicians, include Manuelito and Alexander Trujillo from the Rosebud Nation; Zip Fast Wolf, Maya Baca, and Baylie Her Many Horses from the Oglala Lakota Nation; and Carl Petersen of the Cheyenne River Nation.

These young Native American students are part of the Music Academy recently held August 13th through August 19th at Crazy Horse Memorial©, an ongoing collaborative effort between the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and the Lakota community.

During the Academy, held on the campus of the Indian University of North America® at Crazy Horse Memorial©, the students studied music theory with Tate and created six compositions for the string quartet and the wind quintet of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. The beautiful result was original Indian classical music, created in the shadow of the iconic Memorial nestled in the majestic and sacred Black Hills of South Dakota.

Tate was supported by Assistant Professor Paul Lombardi of the University of South Dakota. Lombardi commented, “This project is in fulfillment of the education mission of the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation which provides educational experiences to support Native youth and propel them to academic success in partnership with the University of South Dakota. This has been a wonderful collaborative opportunity for the students and musicians and will be a rare opportunity for the community as well.

About Crazy Horse Memorial

Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation’s mission is to honor, protect, and preserve the culture, traditions, and living heritage of the Indians of North America. The Memorial fulfills its mission by continuing the progress on the world’s largest mountain sculpture, acting as a repository for Native American artifacts, arts and crafts through the INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® and the NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL CENTER®; by establishing and operating the INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA®, and when practical, a medical training center for American Indians.