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World-class musicians to create ‘Instruments of Song’ in performances at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Department of Music will present “Instruments of Song,” a series of concerts, master classes and a workshop featuring world class musicians Julianne Baird and Marcia Hadjimarkos, and Jesse Blumberg and Martin Katz, Feb. 27 – March 1.

A collaboration of the performance of art song, “Instruments of Song” brings the artistry of singer and pianist to the USD campus with two concerts on Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1. Baird, an American soprano best known for her singing in Baroque works, both in opera and sacred music, and Hadjimarkos, a keyboard instrument specialist, will present “The Jane Austen Songbook” at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 28 at the Arne B. Larson Concert Hall inside the National Music Museum. This concert is free and open to the public, with limited seating.

At 8 p.m., on Saturday, March 1, Blumberg, a baritone who has performed roles at Minnesota Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Utah Opera and Boston Lyric Opera, and Katz, a renowned opera coach and pianist, will perform songs by Beethoven, Schumann, Ravel and Tom Cipullo at Aalfs Auditorium inside Slagle Hall. Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and $5 for students with an ID. Tickets can be purchased online at

Baird and Hadjimarkos will also present a workshop at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 while Blumberg and Katz will teach a master class from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28. Both the workshop and master class are free to the public and will be held in Colton Recital Hall inside the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.

Baird is a distinguished professor of music at Rutgers University and has appeared as a soloist with many major symphony orchestras throughout the world and as a recording artist with more than 100 recordings to her credit. A photo of Baird is available for download at Hadjimarkos specializes in playing early keyboard instruments such as the piano, fortepiano and the clavichord, and she has played in venues around the globe, including International Piano Festival in la Roque d’Anthéron, Autonno Musicale de Como, Rencontres International harmoniques, St. Cecilia’s Hall and the International Festival of Spanish Keyboard Music. A photo of Hadjimarkos is available for download Blumberg, the founder and artistic director of the Five Boroughs Music Festival in New York City, has been recognized in several competitions, and was awarded third prize at the 2008 International Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau, becoming its first American prizewinner in more than 30 years. A photo of Blumberg is available for download at Katz, dubbed the “gold standard of accompanists,” has performed on more than five continents with some of world’s finest singers and is currently the Artur Schnabel Collegiate Professor of Collaborative Piano at the University of Michigan. A photo of Katz is available for download at

The USD Department of Music offers undergraduate degrees in music education, music performance and musical arts and master of music specializations in music performance, music education, collaborative piano, conducting, music history and the history of musical instruments. For more information about “Instruments of Song,” please visit


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, Knudson 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.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News