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2009 Calendar of Events

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Brown Bag Lunch Programs are free and open to the public. They begin at 12:05 and end at 12:55 p.m. Bring a brown bag lunch. Or, if you prefer to eat early, late, or not at all, please join us anyway. Coffee and tea will be available fora 50-cent donation.

The NMM's public programming is underwritten by the South Dakota Arts Council through the S. D. Department of Tourism and State Development and the National Endowment for the Arts, the USD Student Association, and the members of The Stradivari Society, a fund-raising initiative of the NMM's Board of Trustees.

Note: All events are held in the Arne B. Larson Concert Hall, unless otherwise noted.


2009 Events

January 23

Tatsuya Nakatani

Brown bag lunch program, Percussive Pyrotechnics, featuring Tatsuya Nakatani, a contemporary percussionist originally from Osaka, Japan. His music is based in improvised/experimental music, jazz, free jazz, rock, and noise, yet retains the sense of space and beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music. Nakatani utilizes the drum set, bowed gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, and metal objects in his creative performances. 12:05 p.m. Free.


January 30

David Thompson

Brown bag lunch program, Confederates at the Keyboard: Southern Piano During the Civil War Era, featuring David B. Thompson, Limestone College, Gaffney, South Carolina, piano, and Bruce C. Kelley, University of South Dakota, voice. Music from all genres (dances, song arrangements, and concert pieces), along with diary excerpts attesting to the importance of music and the piano in society during the war, will be featured. 12:05 p.m. Free.


January 30-February 1

Joko Sutrisno plays the Museum's gamelan

Gamelan Workshop for Tatag (USD Gamelan Ensemble) with Joko Sutrisno, Music Director, Indonesian Performing Arts Association of Minnesota.  Free.  Open to the public.

Joko Sutrisno demonstrates the Museum's gamelan


February 20

Turkish musicians

Brown bag lunch program, Turkish Musical Traditions, featuring Gary Pederson, Sioux Falls. Pederson, an instrumental music teacher at Patrick Henry Middle School, was one of four South Dakota teachers, chosen by the South Dakota Council on World Affairs, to travel to Turkey in 2008, through a grant awarded by the Turkish Cultural Foundation. 12:05 p.m. Free.


March 13

Brown bag lunch program, Klassic Klarinet Klezmer, Deborah Check Reeves, clarinet, The University of South Dakota, with John D. Check, piano, University of Central Missouri. 12:05 p.m. Free.

A tile painting of a Klezmer clarinetist designed by Adina Linden of Durham, NH


March 20

Mario Marques Trilha

Brown bag lunch program featuring Mário Marques Trilha, Aveiro, Portugal, playing on the NMM's great harpsichords. 12:05 p.m. Free.


April 3

Brown bag lunch program, Appalachian Folk Songs and the Mountain Dulcimer, featuring Gail Dooley, soprano, Morningside College, Sioux City. Dooley’s multi-media presentation will highlight the origins of Appalachian folk song and the development of the mountain dulcimer—both created by melding together German and Scots-Irish folk music traditions. The program will include traditional fiddle tunes, played on the dulcimer, along with ballads that crossed the ocean with immigrants from the British Isles. 12:05 p.m. Free.

Gail Dooley


April 17

Susan and John McNeill

Brown bag lunch program, Rose Songs: A Dozen from American Popular Music, featuring John and Susan McNeill, Springfield, South Dakota, playing songs about roses from folk, big band, country, and gospel sources.  12:05 p.m. Free.


April 24

I-Chun Chiang
Gideon Carlisle
Kathryn Hufnagle
Marilyn Schempp
I-Chun Chiang
Gideon Carlisle
Kathryn Hufnagle
Marilyn Schempp

Brown bag lunch program, Bach, Viola, and Inspired, featuring violists I-Chun Chiang and Gideon Carlisle, members of the South Dakota Symphony, assisted by Augustana College faculty cellist Kathryn Hufnagle and pianist Marilyn Schempp. Explore the viola music of J. S. Bach and its influence on the compositional styles of such diverse, international composers as Max Reger, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and John Corigliano. 12:05 p.m. Free.


May 1

Two drums from the  Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan

A kenong from the Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan

A saron demung from the Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan

A musician plays one of the gongs in the Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan

 Brown bag lunch program, The Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan, featuring the Tatag Gamelan Ensemble (USD). 12:05 p.m. Free.


May 8

Ridings and Sciannella

Brown bag lunch program, The Baroque to Broadway:  Celebrating 350 Years of Great Music!, featuring Amy Ridings and Patrick Sciannella, Phoenix. Double Play, the world's only professional flute and tuba duo, has been performing throughout the U.S. since 1989. This husband and wife team, graduates of the Oberlin Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music, will present an entertaining musical program interspersed with their own unique blend of humorous and historical anecdotes. 12:05 p.m. Free.


May 21

Contrapunctus Brass Trio

Brown bag lunch program, All-American: Music from America. The Contrapunctus Brass Trio (Amy Schendel, trumpets; Marilyn Schempp, piano; and Todd Schendel, trombone), Texas Woman's University, perform works by Gershwin, Clarke, Wilson, and Waller. 12:05 p.m. Free.


May 22

Brown bag lunch program, Rocky Mountain Celtic, with Willson & McKee, Colorado Springs. The popular duo, Jigheads, returns with a "non-traditional performance by design," to define "what Celtic becomes when it settles comfortably in the West." Appalachian and hammered dulcimer, harp, bouzouki, guitar, and vocals. 12:05 p.m. Free.

Willson & McKee


June 1-4

Dragon from Javanese Gamelan at NMM
Dakota Jones and the
Kingdom of the Golden Dragon

Summer Explorer Series for students entering 4th-6th grades

Monday-Wednesday 9:00-11:30 AM; Thursday 9:00 AM -1:00 PM


June 8-11

Dragon from Javanese Gamelan at NMM
Dakota Jones and the
Kingdom of the Golden Dragon

Summer Discovery Series for students entering 1st-3rd grades

Monday-Thursday 10:00-11:00 AM OR 1:00-2:00 PM


June 12

Cantori

Brown bag lunch program, Cantori: Kaleidoscope. Cantori, an advanced-level children's choir from the Nebraska Choral Arts Society presents a concert of varied choral repertoire, including folk-song settings from many different countries and in many languages. Highlights include selections by Palestrina, Mozart, Saint-Saens, and the set Petites voix by Poulenc. 12:05 p.m. Free.


June 19

Brown bag lunch program, Vermillion's Own King of the Guitar, featuring T. Wilson King, South Dakota poet/songwriter, acoustic and bottle-neck guitars. 12:05 p.m. Free.

T. Wilson King


June 26

Sonia Lee

Brown bag lunch program, Musical Selections from the Italian and French Repertoires, featuring Sonia Lee, harpsichord, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, playing works by Frescobaldi, Philips, Böhm, Demars, and Forqueray on the NMM's harpsichords by Giacomo Ridolfi, Italy (ca. 1662-1682) and Jacques Germain, Paris (1785). 12:05 p.m. Free.


July 10

Brown bag lunch program, An Eclectic Musical Journey, featuring Curtis Teague & Loretta Simonet, acoustic folk music duo from Minneapolis, with their unique blend of traditional Celtic tunes, American folk songs, original music, and familiar old-time songs. Acclaimed for their exquisite harmonies and incisive songwriting, the duo will perform on an array of stringed instruments, including Celtic harp, mandocello, mandolin, guitar, clawhammer banjo, and ukulele. 12:05 p.m. Free.

Curtis & Loretta


July 24

Michael Tsalka

Brown bag lunch program, Concerto Transcriptions and Variations, featuring Michael Tsalka, Mexico City, Mexico, playing works for harpsichord and fortepiano by Vivaldi, Marcelo, Türk, Mozart, and J. S. Bach on the NMM's harpsichord by Jacques Germain, Paris (1785) and Tangentenflügel by Frantz Jakob Spath & Christoph Friedrich Schmahl, Regensburg (178[4]). 12:05 p.m. Free.


August 7

Polka party
 

Brown bag lunch program, Professors Polka Party, featuring Prof. John F. Check, concertina (Vermillion); Prof. John D. Check, tuba (University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg); Prof. Deborah Check Reeves, clarinet (University of South Dakota); and, a selection of professorial friends from the USD Department of Music. 12:05 p.m. Free.


September 17

Brown bag lunch program, Picking Up Where He Left Off, featuring the return of folk singer and song writer, Dennis Warner (Clearwater, Minnesota), in a memorable program blending humor, audience participation, and serious music with his own unique, percussive style of playing the six- and twelve-string guitars. 12:05 p.m. Free.

Dennis Warner


September 18

Sparky and Rhonda

Brown bag lunch program, American Songs & Stories, featuring Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, Maryville, Tennessee, banjo, guitar, harmonica, and vocals, including railroad songs, Appalachian music, blues, slave songs, gospel, cowboy songs, and more. 12:05 p.m. Free.


October 8

Courting flute demonstration Students examine traditional Native American beadwork Demonstration of Native American drumming

Native American Day celebration, Vermillion 5th-grade students. Demonstrations of traditional flutes, drums, singing, story telling, regalia, and food. Sessions: 9:30-10:45 and 1:00-2:15. Free.


October 16

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Brown bag lunch program, The Autonomous Autoharpist, featuring Bryan Bowers, autoharp master, singer/songwriter, and storyteller, Sedro Woolley, Washington. For nearly three decades, Bowers has been to the autoharp what Earl Scruggs was to the five-string banjo. He presents instrumental virtuosity combined with warmth, eloquence, expression and professionalism. 12:05 p.m. Free.


October 30

SD Old Time Fiddlers

Brown bag lunch program, Documentary Film Premier: "South Dakota Old Time Fiddlers: Musical Heritage of the Great Plains." Vermillion native, Stephanie (Lynch) Taylor documents the 36-year history of the South Dakota Old Time Fiddlers, a unique group of musicians who have kept traditional old time music alive while developing friendships that have enriched their lives and the lives of their fans. The program will include a discussion of the film, a live performance of the music, and the premier of Taylor's documentary film. 12:05 p.m. Free.


November 20

Susanne SkyrmDeborah Check Reeves

Brown bag lunch program, Boxwood and Brass, a program of music for early clarinet and piano featuring works by Hasse, Baermann, and Lefevre. Deborah Check Reeves (National Music Museum), early clarinet, and Susanne Skyrm (Department of Music, USD), piano. 12:05 p.m. Free.


December 4

USD Brass Quintet

Brown bag lunch program, Holiday Brass, featuring the South Dakota Brass Quintet, USD, performing festive seasonal music. 12:05 p.m. Free.


December 11

John Thomas

Brown bag lunch program, Banner Era Gibsons: The Story of the Extraordinary Flattop Guitars of 1942-1945 and the Women Who Built Them, John Thomas, Professor of Law, Quinnipiac University School of Law, Hamden, Connecticut. Enjoy some lively fingerpicking music played on a Gibson war-time guitar while learning about the "mystery banner" that appeared on Gibson guitar headstocks shortly after the U.S. entered W.W. II and disappeared when the war ended! 12:05 p.m. Free.


Brown Bag Lunch Programs are free and open to the public. They begin at 12:05 and end at 12:55 p.m. Bring a brown bag lunch. Or, if you prefer to eat early, late, or not at all, please join us anyway. Coffee and tea will be available for a 50-cent donation.

The NMM's public programming is underwritten by the South Dakota Arts Council through the S. D. Department of Tourism and State Development and the National Endowment for the Arts, the USD Student Association, and the members of The Stradivari Society, a fund-raising initiative of the NMM's Board of Trustees.

Note: All events are held in the Arne B. Larson Concert Hall, unless otherwise noted.

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