USD Community Orchestra to perform world premiere The University Community Orchestra will give the world premiere of a new work in its Spring Concert April 20 at 8 p.m. in Slagle Auditorium.
"We will be performing the South Dakota Suite by Marifran Wohlenberg," said orchestra conductor Dr. John Thomson. "It's a wonderful piece, describing our beautiful state as you travel from our area, across the prairie, past the Badlands, and finally arrive in the Black Hills. I understand that Marifran is a dancer who made this trip many times in her career, traveling from her home in Yankton, to perform in the Black Hills Playhouse. She must have really soaked up the imagery, because her piece is powerful in its beauty. I can tell you, that on a recent trip to Los Angeles, I would find her melodies going through my head when thinking nostalgically of home. It portrays South Dakota that effectively."
The piece was originally written for piano, and has been adapted for full symphony orchestra by USD music major Daren Miller. Thomson is proud of Daren's orchestration.
"He has succeeded in bringing great orchestral coloring to the music. It's similar to adding color to a black and white TV," Thomson said. "This is an important event for USD, and South Dakota. We have the honor to be the first to present this remarkable music to an audience."
The concert which is free and open to the public, will also feature Schumann's Fourth Symphony, and winners of the USD Concerto/Aria Competition.