Holiday concerts scheduled this weekend in Sioux Falls

The South Dakota Symphony has a busy weekend coming up in Sioux Falls, with concerts this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Washington Pavilion.

Here’s more from a Symphony news release:

Holiday Pops Concerts This Weekend

Friday, December 11, 2009 – 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 12, 2009 – 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 13, 2009 – 2:30 PM

The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra will be performing their annual Holiday Pops Concerts on Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12 at 8:00 PM and again on Sunday, December 13 at 2:30 PM in the Great Hall of the Washington Pavilion.

This year’s holiday tradition will include the full South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, the South Dakota Symphony Choir, the Sioux Falls Girls Chorale and men’s a capella group, Summit Harmony. Spectacular soloists include Justyna Lutow-Resch on violin, John Walker on harpsichord, Jeanne DeWitt Ekholm on harp and the 2009 SDSO Young Musician Competition winner, Esther Nissen on violin.

The theme of this year’s Holiday Pops concerts is "A Nutcracker Collage." Music Director Maestro Delta David Gier uses Tchaikovsky’s beloved music from The Nutcracker as the framework. The concert begins with Overture from The Nutcracker and follows with vignettes and highlights from The Nutcracker along with other seasonal favorites interwoven along the way. Over 200 people will be on stage during the performance and even audience members will have the chance to participate in the music-making with the annual Christmas carol sing-a-long.

Tickets are available by phone at 605.335.7933, toll free at 866-681-7363, at the door or online at sdsymphony.org.

These concerts are made possible by support from Midcontinent Communications, Home Federal Bank, The Empire Mall, Great Plains Brockerage, Gil Haugan Construction Inc. and DAKOTACARE.

Youth Orchestra Concert this Saturday, December 12th

The South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra invites you to its 2009 Holiday Concert at the Washington Pavilion at 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 12 in the Great Hall of the Washington Pavilion.

This concert will showcase SDSYO orchestras Sinfonia, Philharmonia and the top orchestra, Youth Orchestra, as well as feature local Suzuki students. Works by Mozart, Wagner and Tchaikovsky, as well as familiar tunes such as Greensleeves, promise to put you in a Christmas mood! Tickets are available at the door: $10 adults and $5 students. Come prepared to be charmed by students ages 3 – 18, sharing the holiday spirit with you through the gift of music!

The SDSYO was created last year in a historic opportunity for young musicians across the region to be mentored by the world-class musicians, events and experiences of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. Youth Orchestra students also have the unique experience of performing in the spectacular Great Hall of the Washington Pavilion. Each SDSYO concert is a milestone of growth for the organization, ensembles and individuals. The result is a community of students, families, teachers, directors and professional musicians nuturing musical growth and inspiration for young people from age three through high school.

The Suzuki Strings portion of the SDSYO concert will be a special highlight. The Avera Family Wellness Program has established a partnership with the Sioux Falls School District to develop a system of care to provide health promotion through a network of community-based services. At no cost to families, the voluntary program currently combines positive activities, like Suzuki violin lessons, with family coaching for children enrolled in early childhood programs at Hayward Elementary School. Research has indicated that activities like music, dance and drama can positively impact brain development to enhance learning, as well as emotional and social growth. The Suzuki violin lessons help children focus and play music at a very young age. Using scaled-down instrument sizes and simple standing and holding techniques, children can study music before they learn to read. Come cheer on the Sukuki students at the SDSYO concert this Saturday!