Viennese musicians to make U.S. debut in Vermillion

Viennese musicians to make U.S. debut in Vermillion Making its first tour of the United States, "Die Eipeldauer," a string trio that performs Viennese dance music as it would have been heard at house parties early in the 19th century, will play its first concert in the USA at the Shrine to Music Museum on the campus of The University of South Dakota, Sunday, Feb. 28, at 2:30 p.m.

Other venues include the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and concert sites in the Chicago area.

The program will feature dance music by Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, and Johann Strauss, Sr. Added for the U.S. tour is a collection of Hungarian gypsy dances, written in 1808, that the ensemble premiered in November for German radio.

The musicians, whose experiences range from the Vienna Boy's Choir to the Vienna Academy of Music, play Viennese violins built in 1763 and 1802 and a double bass from 1786.

After the concert, patrons will be served a typical Viennese meal of the time, including goulash and pastries. The events are being underwritten in part by Kathleen Block in memory of Raphael Block (1912-1997), USD professor emeritus of English.

For ticket information, call 605-677-5306.

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