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2011 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 the USD Student Association and the South Dakota Arts Council, the support for which is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism and State Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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


2011 Events

January 28

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.

Music at the MUC Encore, A Vessel of Song:  Klassic Klezmer Klarinet, The Pit, Muenster University Center, 4:00 p.m. Free.

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


February 4

Willson & McKee

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 dulcimers, Celtic harp, accordion, Irish bouzouki, bodhran, guitar, and vocals. 12:05 p.m. Free.


February 8

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) Class, "Histories and Mysteries at the NMM," with Deborah Check Reeves, Curator of Education. Learn the answers to intriguing historical mysteries such as: "Why does the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle have eight strings?" The OLLI provides intellectually engaging and enriching classes, workshops, activities and events designed primarily for lifelong learners age 50 and up; however, learners of all ages and from all backgrounds and levels of education are welcome to register for the NMM's four-session OLLI class: February 8, 15, 22, and March 1, 2:00-4:00 PM.

Class size limited. OLLI membership and advance registration required. Register online at www.olliuc.org; or call 605-367-5226; or email info@olliuc.org.

NMM 4342.  Hardanger fiddle (Hardingfele) by Olav Lomundal, Hoston Orkdal, Norway, 1966


February 11

Michael Murphy

Brown bag lunch program, Black Elk Sings, featuring Michael Murphy, folk singer and songwriter, from Omaha. Accompanying himself on the guitar and Native American flute, Murphy sings songs of social awareness, peace, and of those who have influenced his life. His music was featured in the 2008 movie, "The Battle for Whiteclay," and his CD, “Black Elk Sings,” was named “Traditional Native American CD of the Year” in 2009 by the Rural Roots Music Commission. 12:05 p.m. Free.


February 15

NMM 3587. Grand piano by Anton Martin Thm, Vienna, ca. 1815

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) Class, "Histories and Mysteries at the NMM," with Deborah Check Reeves, Curator of Education. Learn the answers to intriguing historical mysteries such as: "How can a piano sound like a drum?" The OLLI provides intellectually engaging and enriching classes, workshops, activities and events designed primarily for lifelong learners age 50 and up; however, learners of all ages and from all backgrounds and levels of education are welcome to register for the NMM's four-session OLLI class: February 8, 15, 22, and March 1, 2:00-4:00 PM.

Class size limited. OLLI membership and advance registration required. Register online at www.olliuc.org; or call 605-367-5226; or email info@olliuc.org.


February 18

Sarah Richardson plays Deagan organ chimes
Sarah Richardson plays Deagan organ chimes

Left: NMM Curator Sarah Deters Richardson plays the NMM's rare set of Deagan organ chimes made in Chicago about 1901 (Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979).

Brown bag lunch program, Inventive Ingenuity: The Novelty Instruments of the J. C. Deagan Company, with Sarah Deters Richardson, NMM Curator of Musical Instruments. Musician, acoustician, and inventor, John Calhoun Deagan, was one of the most influential makers of percussion instruments in the U.S. during the 20th century. Join us as Richardson explores the history of this musical revolutionary and demonstrates of some of Deagan's more "unusual" inventions. 12:05 p.m. Free.


February 22

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) Class, "Histories and Mysteries at the NMM," with Deborah Check Reeves, Curator of Education. Learn the answers to intriguing historical mysteries such as: "Why do the mouthpieces of Civil War brass instruments point in the same direction as their bells?" The OLLI provides intellectually engaging and enriching classes, workshops, activities and events designed primarily for lifelong learners age 50 and up; however, learners of all ages and from all backgrounds and levels of education are welcome to register for the NMM's four-session OLLI class: February 8, 15, 22, and March 1, 2:00-4:00 PM.

Class size limited. OLLI membership and advance registration required. Register online at www.olliuc.org; or call 605-367-5226; or email info@olliuc.org.

NMM 7033. Cornet in B-flat by John Franklin Stratton, New York City, ca. 1860.


February 25

Sonia Lee

Brown bag lunch program, A Tale of Two Traditions: Harpsichord Music of the British Isles and the Iberian Peninsula, featuring Sonia Lee, harpsichord, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, playing the music of Samuel Wise, Georg Frideric Handel, João de Sousa Carvalho, and Carlos Seixas on the NMM's harpsichords by Joseph Kirckman, London (1798) and José Calisto, Portugal (1780). 12:05 p.m. Free.


March 1

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) Class, "Histories and Mysteries at the NMM," with Deborah Check Reeves, Curator of Education. Learn the answers to intriguing historical mysteries such as: "How can bagpipers sing while they play?" The OLLI provides intellectually engaging and enriching classes, workshops, activities and events designed primarily for lifelong learners age 50 and up; however, learners of all ages and from all backgrounds and levels of education are welcome to register for the NMM's four-session OLLI class: February 8, 15, 22, and March 1, 2:00-4:00 PM.

Class size limited. OLLI membership and advance registration required. Register online at www.olliuc.org; or call 605-367-5226; or email info@olliuc.org.

NMM 1270.  Gagpipe (Dudy or Bock), Bohemia, ca. 1750


March 4

Bill Mize

Brown bag lunch program, Fingerstyle Fireworks, featuring guitarist, Bill Mize, from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, with Beth Bramhall, accordion. While drawing inspiration from legends of Appalachia, soul, jazz, folk, and rock, Mize's original music has been described as varying from delicate Appalachian highland melodies to greasy Memphis grooves, performed in such a smooth yet syncopated fashion, you'd swear there was another guitarist on stage! Mize is a past winner of The National Fingerstyle Guitar Competition at The Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas--the "U.S. Open" of guitar competitions. 12:05 p.m. Free.


March 11

Midwest Dilemma

Brown bag lunch program, Timelines and Tragedies, featuring Justin Lamoureux and the Midwest Dilemma Band (Omaha). For nearly a decade, Lamoureux has travelled with a guitar, a red trucker hat, a collection of folk songs, and an old Toyota wagon over hills, valleys, across high plains, mountains, forests, deserts, rivers, oceans and destinations near and far to share his experiences and stories of life in the Midwest. His performances feature earthy, up-tempo folk ballads and extraordinary story-telling, played to lilting waltz beats, all the while combining strings, percussion, and other non-traditional chamber instruments to evoke a rootsy-symphonic feel. 12:05 p.m. Free.


March 18

Brown bag lunch program, Returning and Returned, featuring Michael Mandrell, fingerstyle guitarist, from Portland. An artistic and passionate contemporary guitarist, Mandrell composes and plays with an ear for the creative side of the world fusion genre. His music offers equal parts world and new age, an array of Middle Eastern rhythms and scales, with tinges of folk and an infusion of Celtic overtones. 12:05 p.m. Free.

Music at the MUC Encore, Returning and Returned, The Pit, Muenster University Center, 2:00 p.m. Free.

Michael Mandrell


March 19

Joko Sutrisno plays the NMM's gamelan

9:00-5:00  Gamelan Workshop with Joko Sutrisno, Music Director, Indonesian Performing Arts Association of Minnesota. 

1:00-2:00  Beginner session. No experience necessary. Come one, come all!

Free.  Open to the public.

Joko Sutrisno demonstrates the NMM's gamelan


March 25

Curtis & Loretta

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.


March 30

Knutson Distinguished Professor Lecture, The Musical Alphabet and the Rise of the Keyboard as a Device of the Literate, presented by John Koster, Professor of Music and Conservator at the National Music Museum. As recipient of the USD College of Fine Arts Knutson Distinguished Professor Award for 2010-2012, Koster will present an illustrated lecture about the medieval origins of the standard European notation in which letters represent the steps of the musical scale. He will explore the relationship of this notation and of literacy in general to the development of the keyboard in the organ and, eventually, other instruments such as the clavichord and harpsichord. Arne B. Larson Concert Hall. 7:30 p.m. Free.

John Koster


April 1

Brown bag lunch program, Flying Forms in Concert, featuring Marc Levine, baroque violin, and Tami Morse, harpsichord, St. Paul, Minnesota. Formed out of a passion for performing early chamber music, Flying Forms is a baroque chamber music ensemble that performs a wide variety of programs from traditional to experimental. The dynamic duo, which is rapidly establishing a presence in America's early music scene, has been heralded by noted harpsichordist, Arthur Haas, as “the bright future of early music.” 12:05 p.m. Free.

Marc Levine and Tami Morse


April 8

Vladislav Blaha

Brown bag lunch program, The Classical Guitarist, featuring Vladislav Blaha, Brno, The Czech Republic. Blaha, one of the world's leading players on the classical guitar and winner of four international guitar competitions, returns to the NMM to perform works by John Dowland and Manuel de Falla, as well as several contemporary works composed in his honor by Nikita Koshkin, Jorge Morel, and John W. Duarte. 12:05 p.m. Free.


April 14

Brown bag lunch program, "Play from the Soul . . .": Heeding C.P.E. Bach's Advice, featuring Preethi de Silva (Claremont, California), harpsichord and fortepiano. De Silva, a Professor of Music Emerita at Scripps College and Adjunct Professor of Music at Claremont Graduate University, will discuss and perform her own compositions, as well as works by C. P. E. Bach and George Frideric Handel, on the NMM's harpsichord by Joseph Kirckman, London (1798) and a fortepiano made specifically for the NMM by Thomas and Barbara Wolf, The Plains, Virginia, 2004. 12:05 p.m. Free.

Preethi de Silva


April 15

All About Jazz

Brown bag lunch program, All About Jazz, featuring the USD music faculty jazz ensemble and friends, including Rolf Olson (trumpet), C. J. Kocher (saxophone), Darin Wadley (percussion), Eddie Dunn (bass), and Brad Richardson (piano). 12:05 p.m. Free.


April 28

A naga (dragon king) carving on the Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan

Special Sneak Preview Performance, The Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan, featuring the Tatag Gamelan Ensemble (USD). 7:30 p.m. Free.


April 29

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 6

All in the Family:  Lunch at the Opera

Brown bag lunch program, All in the Family:  Lunch at the Opera, featuring Jennifer Hendrickson (soprano), Tracelyn Gesteland (mezzo-soprano), Thor Gesteland (tenor), Brandon Hendrickson (baritone), and Susan Keith Gray (piano), USD and Vermillion. Relax and enjoy narrated arias, duets, and ensembles presented in an informal setting. 12:05 p.m. Free.


May 13

Holton-Clarke model cornet

Brown bag lunch program, Product Endorsement by Early-American Cornet and Trumpet Soloists, 1900-1950, featuring Rolf Olson, trumpet, USD, and Dave Reynolds, trumpet, South Dakota State University, Brookings. Enjoy an engaging, sneak preview of a presentation to be made at the International Trumpet Guild Convention in Minneapolis on May 28. The interactions between the Frank Holton Company (Elkhorn, Wisconsin) and several of its prominent artist endorsers (including Herbert L. Clarke, Gustav Heim, Edward Lewellyn, Harry Glantz, and others) will be examined. 12:05 p.m. Free.


May 20

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


May 27

Left-handed fiddler and accordionist, Dwight Lamb

Dwight ("Red") Lamb and
the Jensen & Bugge Duo

Bugge-Jensen Danish Folk Music Duo

Brown bag lunch program, Traditional Dances and Folk Music of Denmark, featuring the dynamic duo, Mette Kathrine Jensen (accordion) and Kristian Bugge (fiddle), from Odense, performing with Dwight ("Red") Lamb (Onawa), Iowa's legendary left-handed fiddler and button accordionist. Embarking on their 10th Anniversary Tour in late May, Jensen & Bugge are scheduled to perform throughout the Midwest, where they will also record a show for broadcast on South Dakota Public Television. 12:05 p.m. Free.


June 3

Gibson mandolin at the NMM

Brown bag lunch program, Strumming Along . . . Singing a Song, featuring Tom Peterson (guitar) and Charley Smith (mandolin), from Sioux Falls, performing a selection of Peterson's original compositions. 12:05 p.m. Free.

Gibson  guitar at the NMM


June 6-9

"Peter and the Wolf" and Other Musical Stories

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

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

 
Peter and the Wolf


June 10

Polka party

Brown Bag Lunch Program

The Polka Professors

Audience favorites, Prof. John F. Check, concertina (Vermillion); Prof. John D. Check, tuba (University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg); Prof. Deborah Check Reeves, clarinet (USD); and, Prof. Gary L. Reeves, horn (USD), return to center stage. 12:05 p.m. Free.


June 14-16

 

"Peter and the Wolf" and Other Musical Stories

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

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

 
Listening to Musical Stories


June 17

Brown Bag Lunch Program

Omaha Sings!

Omaha Academy Choir

The newly formed Omaha Academy Choir, organized under the umbrella of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, consists of advanced singers in grades 7 through 12, selected from various Omaha area schools. Under the direction of Kat Doebel (vocal music instructor at Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School in Bellevue), the OAC supplements the music education of its talented students and helps prepare them for more advanced studies in music and vocal performance. 12:05 p.m. Free.


June 24

Jerome Kills Small

Brown Bag Lunch Program

Celebrating Life Through
Story and Song

Jerome Kills Small, traditional Oglala Sioux storyteller, oral historian, and drum maker (USD). Traditional, powwow, rabbit, and other songs will be presented along with explanations of their meanings and stories of their origins. Jerome is the recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award from South Dakota Humanities Council, the Reconciliation Award from former South Dakota Governor George Mickleson, The University of South Dakota Poet of the Year (1994), and numerous awards and certificates for speaking at the Red Road Retreat and the Building Bridges Conference. 12:05 p.m. Free.


September 9

Dakota Baroque Quartet

Brown Bag Lunch Program

Midday Musicale

The Dakota Baroque and Classic Company (USD)--Arian Sheets (viola), Deborah Check Reeves (clarinet), Susanne Skyrm (fortepiano), and Gary Reeves (horn)-- perform chamber music from the Classical period. Mozart's Kegelstatt Trio will be featured, along with other exciting repertoire played on modern reproductions of historical instruments from the Classical period. 12:05 p.m. Free.


September 16

Laura MacKenzie

Brown Bag Lunch Program

Celtic Wizardry:
Traditional Wind-powered Music

Laura MacKenzie, Ross Sutter and Danielle Enblom (Minneapolis/St. Paul), sing and play music from Ireland, Scotland, England, Nova Scotia, Central France and Galicia on a dazzling array of wind-powered instruments, including flutes, whistles, concertina, voice, and many bagpipes, including Scottish, French and English, bellows and blown. 12:05 p.m. Free.


September 23

Jami Lynn Buttke

Brown Bag Lunch Program

Sodbusters:
Folk Music of the Upper Midwest

Singer/songwriter, Jami Lynn Buttke (Rapid City), vocalist, accompanying herself on guitar and banjo. Enjoy an exuberant performance of a diverse body of folk music unique to this region, including mining songs from the Black Hills gold rush era, Norwegian lullabies as they were once sung by prairie settlers, lumbering ballads formerly sung by shanty-boys in the 1890s, and Populist political tunes from the late 1890s. 12:05 p.m. Free.


September 30

Gail Heil and Bob Bovee

Brown Bag Lunch Program

Old Time Music of the
Hills and Plains

Bob Bovee and Gail Heil will play the fiddle, banjo, guitar, harmonica, vocals, and yes, will even include some yodeling (Spring Grove, Minnesota)! Enjoy rural music as it was once heard and played in homes, at dances, at minstrel shows, and on the old-time country radio. Accompanying a repertoire that includes dance tunes, ballads, cowboy songs, humorous and sentimental numbers, blues and rags, Bovee and Heil's shows also feature entertaining stories, history, and folklore. 12:05 p.m. Free.


October 7

Dick Kimmel

Brown Bag Lunch Program

The Ambassador of Bluegrass

Dick Kimmel (New Ulm, Minnesota), vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, mandolin, and clawhammer banjo. For more than fifty years, Kimmel has been associated with traditional bluegrass and old-time country music as a performer, recording artist, workshop instructor, historian, and songwriter. A well-known and highly respected musician, Kimmel was inducted into America's Old-Time Country and Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2010. 12:05 p.m. Free.


October 14

Jerome Kills Small

Brown Bag Lunch Program

Celebrating Life Through
Story and Song

Jerome Kills Small, traditional Oglala Sioux storyteller, oral historian, and drum maker (USD). Traditional, powwow, rabbit, and other songs will be presented along with explanations of their meanings and stories of their origins. Jerome is the recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award from South Dakota Humanities Council, the Reconciliation Award from former South Dakota Governor George Mickleson, The University of South Dakota Poet of the Year (1994), and numerous awards and certificates for speaking at the Red Road Retreat and the Building Bridges Conference. 12:05 p.m. Free.


October 21

Susanne Skyrm

Brown Bag Lunch Program

Beyond Scarlatti II:
Spanish Keyboard Music from the
18th and 19th Centuries

Susanne Skyrm, Professor of Piano at USD, has appeared as a soloist and collaborative artist throughout the United States and Europe. Specializing in both modern and early piano, she combines performing with her research interests in Spanish and Latin American keyboard music. For her Brown Bag Program, Skyrm will play a copy of a fortepiano by Johann Schantz, Vienna, ca. 1800, made for the NMM in 2004 by Thomas and Barbara Wolf, The Plains, Virginia. 12:05 p.m. Free.


October 28

Luehrman, Shaffer and Check

Mick Luehrman, Tony Shaffer, and John Check

Brown Bag Lunch Program

The Dizzying Diversity
of American Music

This eclectic trio, from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, is known for the large arsenal of musical instruments they use to play a dizzyingly diverse variety of musical styles and genres, running the gamut of American musical archetypes: old time country, New Orleans jazz, swing, Broadway, delta blues, Latin and Americana folk. The group's repertoire features a large number of original compositions that dovetail well with covers from bygone eras of American music. At any one show you are likely to hear a diverse range of music that includes songs from such artists as Woody Guthrie, Louis Armstrong, Xavier Cugat, Jelly Roll Morton, Nat King Cole, Rogers & Hart, and Lerner & Loewe. 12:05 p.m. Free.


November 18

Nadja Lesaulnier

Brown Bag Lunch Program

A Musical Sojourn in Spain

A native of Aix-en-Provence (France), Nadja Lesaulnier has studied early music performance in Barcelona and Basel, where she earned a diploma in solo harpsichord studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in 2007. Additional studies in Basel have focused on the fortepiano, baroque violin, and baroque double bass. Together with her sister, harpsichordist Chani Lesaulnier, she founded the ensemble "Le Petit Concert Baroque," which regularly concertizes throughout Europe. Lesaulnier's 2011 tour of USA will include harpsichord recitals not only in Vermillion, but also in Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and Ann Arbor, Michigan. 12:05 p.m. Free.


December 2

Chinese dizi
Chinese dizi

Japanese shinobue

Japanese ryuteki

Asian bamboo flutes in the collections of the NMM

Brown Bag Lunch Program

Dizi, Xiao, Shinobue, or Shakuhachi?

A method for the identification of Asian bamboo flutes continues to be the focus of intensive research being conducted at the National Music Museum by Kendra Van Nyhuis, a USD Senior majoring in music education and anthropology. The recipient of a 2010 U. Discover undergraduate research grant, Kendra has already presented the results of her original research at USD's Ideafest, the National Conference for Undergraduate Research at Cornell University, and at the National Meeting of the American Musical Instrument Society in Phoenix. 12:05 p.m. Free.


December 9

USD Brass Quintet

Brown Bag Lunch Program

Holiday Brass

Join us at noon for some festive season music performed by the South Dakota Brass Quintet (USD)--Rolf Olson, trumpet; Clayton Lehman, trumpet; Gary Reeves, French horn; Jonathan Alvis, trombone; and Chuck Dibley, tuba. 12:05 p.m. Free.


December 16

Polka party

Brown Bag Lunch Program

Christmas with
The Polka Professors

Audience favorites, Prof. John F. Check, concertina (Vermillion); Prof. John D. Check, tuba (University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg); Prof. Deborah Check Reeves, clarinet (USD); and, Prof. Gary L. Reeves, horn (USD), return to center stage to ring in the season with a joyful Christmas polka-fest! 12:05 p.m. Free.


Please check back later for calendar updates!


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 the USD Student Association and the South Dakota Arts Council, the support for which is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism and State Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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

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