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USD Symphony Orchestra Performs Dec. 1

Photo of Chamber Orchestra member. The USD Symphony Orchestra presents this Friday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Aalfs Auditorium.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra presents its second performance of the academic year this Friday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Aalfs Auditorium.

“I would like to encourage the university and Vermillion community to attend our Symphony Orchestra performances. Our Symphony Orchestra has held a long tradition of excellence with roots back to the late 19th century,” said Luis Viquez, DMA, director of orchestral activities at USD.

The performance will include music from Michael Ugrich, George F. Handel, Jean Sibelius and Modest Mussorgsky. The USD Symphony Orchestra is led by Viquez and will feature Tim Campbell, DMA., conducting the USD Concert Choir alongside the USD Symphony Orchestra on a performance of four selections from Handel's celebrated "Messiah,” including the popular "Hallelujah" chorus.

“One of the aspects that I enjoy from this particular performance is to see our very own Symphony Orchestra collaborating with other university ensembles and conductors, which enhances a very enriching learning experience for the members of the orchestra,” said Viquez.

Michael Ugrich, a second-year conducting/musicology graduate student at USD, will be conducting the world premiere of his own work "Overture for Orchestra.”

The second half of the concert will be conducted by Viquez, and includes Jean Sibelius' "Impromptu for Strings.” It will conclude with five selections from Modest Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition.”

“The program is challenging, especially the work by Mussorgsky, which features extensively our wind and percussion players on a majestic closure for the performance,” said Viquez.

Admission is free. The event will also be livestreamed on the University of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra Facebook page.


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


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 84 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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News