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USD Symphony Orchestra to Perform Concert Nov. 30

Amy Laursen will perform Nov. 30 for the USD Symphony Orchestra. The USD Symphony Orchestra will feature Amy Laursen, professor of horn, during its concert Nov. 30.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The USD Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Luis A. Víquez, D.M.A., performs its second concert of the 2018-19 season on Friday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Aalfs Auditorium. The concert will feature Amy Laursen, USD's professor of horn, performing Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 3.

Krissy Blunck, a graduate student completing her master of music degree in orchestral conducting, will lead the orchestra in a performance of Nikola Ovanin's "Hatikvah Overture," which is based on Hebrew melodies.

The concert will conclude with a performance of Dvorak's Symphony #9 "From the New World," which was completed in Iowa during the years Dvorak lived in the United States.

“‘From the New World’ features Afro-American and Native American folk melodies and styles throughout the piece,” said Víquez. “This is a work that USD students have always wanted to perform, and I am very excited that we are able to perform it this year.”

The event will be livestreamed via 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