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USD Welcomes Yiddish Composer Netsky

green violin image Hankus Netsky, Ph.D., will present a special lecture titled "The Green Violinist—The Music Behind the Chagall Painting."

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota will welcome Hankus Netsky, Ph.D., a multi-instrumentalist, composer and ethnomusicologist from the New England Conservatory of Music for a special lecture titled “The Green Violinist—The Music Behind the Chagall Painting” on Feb. 28 in Farber Hall, Old Main from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

“We are delighted to have a scholar of Dr. Netsky’s reputation speaking at USD. This represents a unique opportunity for our campus and our community to learn more about Yiddish culture, and how important music and art were to the Jews of Central and Eastern Europe,” said Bruce Kelly, Director at the Center for Teaching and Learning.

The lecture, part of USD’s semester-long celebration of Yiddish arts, culture and history, will focus on the musical “Green Violin” and the Marc Chagall painting for which it is named. The event is hosted by the South Dakota Humanities Council and the combined efforts of the College of Fine Arts, the Department of Theatre, the Center for Diversity & Community, and the Center for Teaching and Learning.

“It is an honor to host Dr. Netzky at USD as part of our campus-wide celebration of Yiddish arts, culture and history,” said Chaya Gordon-Bland, Associate Professor of Theatre. “Based on Dr. Netzky’s incredible experience, artistry, and expertise in klezmer music, this event promises to be a joy and an inspiration!”

USD’s semester-long celebration of Yiddish arts, culture and history will culminate in the regional premiere of the musical “Green Violin” on April 19-23.


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.