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USD Symphony Orchestra and Choirs Grand Finale Concert this Friday

Photo of Chamber Singers. The final Symphony Orchestra and Choir concerts of the school year will take place in Aalfs Auditorium April 13 at 7:30 p.m.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Department of Music will present its Symphony Orchestra and Choirs Grand Finale Concert in Aalfs Auditorium on Friday April 13 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert will feature the winners of the 2017-18 USD Concerto/Aria Competition. Ken Wang, international graduate student from Taiwan will perform the first movement of Tchaikovsky's celebrated Violin Concerto Op. 35. Graduate student Samuelle Reese (tenor) and Sophomore Mikayla Trenhaile (soprano) will be performing arias by Donizetti and Gounod, under the direction of graduate students Krissy Blunck and Michael Ugrich.

The Concerto/Aria Competition winners were selected among 20 contestants representing the best music students at USD.

The second half of the program features the Overture for the opera Nabucco by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi, conducted by Luis Viquez, D.M.A., director of orchestral activities and music director of the USD Symphony Orchestra. The joint choral/orchestral piece for this year is Franz Schubert's Mass in G major, which will be conducted by David Holdhusen, Ph.D., director of choral activities and chair of the Department of Music.

The event is free and open to the public.


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