Gier celebrates ten years as South Dakota Symphony’s music director

Posted on: October 10, 2013

“As a community’s symphony orchestra goes, so go all other arts programs,” says Delta David Gier in a Saturday (10/5) article by Jill Callison in the Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.). Gier began his tenth season as music director of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra this past weekend. “Despite financial stresses in four of the nine years Gier has been in Sioux Falls,” Callison writes, “he says this is a region that supports its arts. ‘It’s been challenging, but at the same time rewarding in the sense of seeing … everybody rally in order to bring us through this period…. The key leaders of the community have stepped up to ensure the stability of this organization. What that says to me is there’s a recognition of the importance of this organization to the community…. We’ve instituted bigger things than the orchestra has done in the past. We’ve done semi-staged operas; that’s a very, very popular thing. You know, there’s a certain battery of repertoire that pretty much every orchestra will play at any level. We’ve stretched that repertoire. (The orchestra has) consistently risen to the challenge, and they have a lot of be proud of.’ ”

Posted October 10, 2013