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USD Music Professor Dr. Susanne Skyrm Presents Lecture, Performances in Sioux Falls and Vermillion

VERMILLION, S.D. -- University of South Dakota Professor of Music and accomplished pianist Dr. Susanne Skyrm will present lecture recitals featuring Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s Eighth Sonata for Piano in Sioux Falls on March 11, and in Vermillion on March 19.

The March 11 Sioux Falls performance will be at 8 p.m. at Kresge Hall on the campus of Augustana College. The March 19 performance will be 8 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall at the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts, on the campus of the University of South Dakota, in Vermillion.

Each program is titled “Prokofiev’s Eighth Sonata for Piano: Love, War and Remembrance.” At each performance Dr. Skyrm will present the half-hour long, three-movement work after discussing its musical structure and the influences behind its composition. Each program is free and open to the public.

Prokofiev’s eighth sonata refers to the horrors of the World War II, victory over the Nazis, and Prokofiev’s beginning relationship with the woman who would become his second wife. It has been hailed as a masterwork of twentieth century keyboard literature, and it is recognized as Prokofiev’s greatest contribution to the sonata genre.

Dr. Susanne Skyrm has appeared as a piano soloist and collaborative artist throughout the United States and Europe. Her book, Anthology of Eighteenth-Century Spanish Keyboard Music, was published in 2010. She has studied with master teacher Ilonka Deckers-Küszler in Milan, Italy, for a number of years, and has been on the faculty of the University of South Dakota since 1988, where she teaches studio and class piano and piano literature.


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