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USD Symphony Orchestra to Present Opening Concert Oct. 19

Symphony Orchestra The USD Symphony Orchestra's opening concert is Friday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The USD Symphony Orchestra will present its opening concert this Friday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Aalfs Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

The orchestra will feature guest composer/conductor Eddie Mora. Mora, a 2017 Latin American Grammy winner, is the music director of the Heredia Symphony in Costa Rica and a professor of music at the University of Costa Rica School of Music.

The orchestra will perform Beethoven's "Egmont Overture,” Bizet's “L'Arlessiane Suite No. 1” and Stravinsky's "Berceuse and Finale" from Firebird. The USD Symphony Orchestra will also perform the world premiere of Mora's “Tres Haikus for Orchestra,” written and dedicated to the USD Symphony Orchestra.

“I am thankful that our students get the opportunity to work with world-class artists such as Maestro Mora,” said Luis A. Víquez, director of orchestral activities and assistant professor of clarinet. “He is one of the most prominent composers from Latin America, who has been commissioned by important orchestras and chamber ensembles around the world such as the Moscow Radio Orchestra, the Seattle Chamber Players and members from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. It means a lot for us to be able to premiere one of his pieces, particularly since he wrote it specially for our students.”

Mora will be teaching masterclasses and giving lectures Oct. 16-18.


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
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