All-State Chorus, Orchestra concert will air on SDPTV

All-State Chorus, Orchestra concert will air on SDPTV The annual performance of the South Dakota All-State Chorus and Orchestra will air at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, on South Dakota Public Television.

An encore airs at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14.

The performance features the best musicians from high schools throughout the state.

The 47th annual South Dakota All-State Chorus and Orchestra performance was recorded Nov. 11 at the Sioux Falls Arena and Convention Center.

Guest Chorus Conductor Dr. Russel L. Robinson has been on the faculty at the University of Florida since 1984, where he is a professor of music. J. Robert Hanson, conducting the All-State Orchestra, conducted the Concordia College Band for eight years and was the founder and conductor of the Concordia College Orchestra from 1967 until his retirement in 1995.

Members of the South Dakota All-State Orchestra are selected each fall by competitive auditions at three sites around the state. A full symphony orchestra is then selected from among the best musicians in South Dakota. This year's orchestra has 164 musicians representing 31 schools.

Chorus members are selected locally by choral directors in each high school. Each school is allowed to bring in a predetermined number of quartets based on school's enrollment. This year, the chorus numbered more than 900 singers representing 160+ high schools.

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