South Dakota Symphony’s 2018-19 season: classics, film scores, premiere by orchestra’s principal oboe, and Mahler 8

Posted on: March 6, 2018

“The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra has announced the star-studded lineup for their 2018-2019 season,” writes Alexa Giebink in Saturday’s (3/3) Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, SD). “The Classical Series features works from Beethoven, Handel, Mozart, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky, as well as a new Music Unwound program exploring the roots of American music. Expanding to five programs this year, the Pops Series features a February screening of Steven Spielberg’s ‘Jurassic Park.’ SDSO’s live orchestra will perform John Williams’ rugged score in perfect blend with a recorded track of the movie’s dialogue and sound effects. Other Pops Series programs feature the repertoire of ‘70s Swedish sensation ABBA and music from the eight ‘Harry Potter’ films.… The classical calendar crescendos to the April performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 … David Delta Gier, SDSO’s music director, characterizes Symphony No. 8 as the ‘Mount Everest of symphonic pieces. It’s the first time this piece has been done in this region, ever,’ said Gier … Gier said it’s a marker, in a lot of ways, of the growth of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra…. The SDSO will also present the premiere of Principal Oboist Jeffrey Paul’s tone poem ‘Mni Wiconi’ (Water is Life).”

Posted March 6, 2018