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USD Symphony Orchestra to rock with KANSAS at Aalfs Auditorium

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Students with the University of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra will make sweet music with one of America’s legendary rock bands, KANSAS, for a one-night only performance at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 20 at Aalfs Auditorium inside Robert L. Slagle Hall.

Presented by D’Addario & Co., the concert is part of the 2012 KANSAS Collegiate Symphony Tour. In addition to playing with the five-member rock band on stage, the 30-piece USD Symphony Orchestra directed by Richard Rognstad, D.M.A., will also receive a generous $4,000 in-kind product donation and a $1,000 scholarship donation from D’Addario & Co.

“What a tremendous opportunity this is for our music students,” said Timothy Farrell, D.M.A., chair of the department of music at USD. “Having the chance to play with a rock band like KANSAS is the experience of a lifetime.”

Best known for the hit singles “Carry On Wayward Son” and “Dust In The Wind,” KANSAS has released 23 studio albums, including the Platinum-selling “Leftoverture” (1976), “Point of No Return” (1977), “Monolith” (1979), and “The Best of KANSAS” (1984) since their debut album, “Kansas” hit the charts in 1974.

Concert tickets areon sale at the Department of Music Offices at the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts at (605) 677-5274 or email Tickets are also available at Cost is $25 for USD students and $49.50 for the general public. A concert poster is avalable at


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News