Internationally acclaimed artists to perform at USD this fall

VERMILLION, S.D. -- A world renowned Russian tenor accompanied on piano by his gifted daughter, two internationally acclaimed pianists and a celebrated violinist highlight the guest artists visiting The University of South Dakota during the 2008-09 academic year.

Famed dramatic tenor Alexander Dedik and his daughter, pianist Anastasia Dedik, both Ondrozeck Series Guest Artists, bring their musical talents to Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts at 8 p.m. on Sept. 22. Alexander Dedik, born and raised in the former Soviet Union, has performed leading roles at opera houses internationally, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Covent Garden in London, England, and the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia. Dedik’s daughter, Anastasia, an accomplished pianist currently studying at The Juilliard School in New York City, will accompany him in his visit to the USD campus.

On Sept. 30, pianist Jeffrey Payne is scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall. Payne, who will also present a lecture at 11 a.m. in Colton, has an extensive playlist, including Messiaen compositions (named after French composer Oliver Messiaen). Payne is regarded as "a pianist of chameleon abilities," according to the Boston Globe, and he has performed with symphonies and in concert halls throughout the world. Payne has taught at Willamette University, Portland State University and Reed College. He can be heard on CD performing with the Fear No Music ensemble, a group he co-founded in 1992, and the Oregon Repertory Singers.

Pianist Emanuele Arciuli is the fall 2008 Rawlins Guest Piano Artist. He will grace the Colton Recital Hall stage at 8 p.m. on Oct. 8. Arciuli has earned a reputation as a champion of both classicism and 20th century music, particularly the Second Viennese School and American contemporary music. He performs regularly for many prestigious concert societies and orchestras in Italy and throughout Europe. A Grammy Award-nominated performer, Arciuli teaches at the Conservatory of Bari and is guest faculty at the University of Cincinnati. Arciuli's performance will include the world premieres of two works, each written by a Native American composer. A reception for Arciuli, hosted by the Institute for American Indian Studies, will follow the concert at the W.H. Over Museum in Vermillion.

At 7 p.m. on Nov. 17, the Department of Music will host guest violinist Scott St. Johnat Farber Hall in Old Main. St. John has delighted recital and chamber audiences around the globe, stretching from Japan’s Casals Hall to New York City’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Scott currently serves on the faculty of the University of Toronto. His latest release, "Salon Parisien," is available on CBC Records.

All guest artist performances at USD are free and open to the public, including Payne’s lecture on Sept. 30 which includes a morning recital. For more information about each artist, visit www.usd.edu/cfa/Music/guestartists.cfm.