USD Community Orchestra, Jazz Singers will perform

USD Community Orchestra, Jazz Singers will perform The USD Jazz Singers will open the program of the USD Community Orchestra in a free concert Monday, Dec. 8 in Slagle Auditorium on The University of South Dakota campus.

The Jazz Singers, directed by Sue Ann Stutheit, will perform arrangements of four pieces, including She Loves Me Like a Rock, by Paul Simon. The orchestra will then take the stage to perform Edvard Grieg's Lyric Suite and Jean Sibelius's Finlandia as part of the College of Fine Arts "America and the Nordic World" celebration.

The second half of the program will feature two unique works. The first is the Toy Symphony attributed to Josef Haydn, actually written by Leopold Mozart. It is a charming piece for string orchestra and six soloists playing toy instruments. Officers of the USD sororities and fraternities will be the featured soloists, and include Amber Anderson, whistle; Katie Fitzgibbons, drum; Tana Fye, flutophone; Kerrie Herren, triangle; Melissa Roby, trumpet; and Mike Snyder, rattle.

The concert will conclude with the first South Dakota performance of Tuta Petant Alii: An Everest Requiem, written by Omaha-based composer Leslie Gries. Written for narrator and orchestra, the work commemorates the first successful ascent of Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary 50 years ago, and the many who have made subsequent attempts.

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