USD Chamber Orchestra to present unique concert The USD Chamber Orchestra will present what is probably a once-in-a-lifetime chance for concert-goers next week.
The orchestra, along with keyboard soloists Jayson Dobney, Susan Keith Gray, Larry Schou and Susanne Skyrm, will perform J.S. Bach's Concerto for Four Harpsichords.
The concert will also feature a concerto for four violins and a bassoon concerto, both by Bach's contemporary, Vivaldi. The concert will take place on Thursday, March 23, at 8 p.m. in the Arne B. Larson Concert Hall in The Shrine to Music Museum. It is free, and the public is invited to attend.
Orchestra director John Thomson explains that this is a rare event.
"Obviously, there are only a handful of places in the world that can assemble four harpsichords at one location." He jokes. "Thanks to our Shrine to Music Museum, we can do this and still have a few left over as spares!"
The orchestra will accompany this piece on period instruments, or instruments that are in the condition that Bach would have known and used.
Thomson says this is an example of the unique opportunities available to the music students at USD.
"Just to be able to study harpsichord with a fine performer and teacher like Dr. Schou is the best most universities could aspire to offer," he explained. "Here, the students actually get hands-on experience with valuable old instruments, as well as benefiting from the teaching of Dr. Schou."