National Music Museum launches a new season of noon-hour programs

National Music Museum launches a new season of noon-hour programs A program of original compositions telling the heroic stories and celebrating the musical traditions of Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery and the Native Americans they met during their voyage will kick-off the National Music Museum's 2004-05 season of brown bag lunch programs.

The free noon-hour program will be Friday, Sept. 3 at the museum on The University of South Dakota campus.

Music was a part of the daily life of the Corps of Discovery and part of their introduction to native tribes. Gibson and Cruzatte played the fiddle. The French boatmen hired on to work the keelboat sang voyageur songs to bear the heavy burden upstream.

A box of jaw harps was among the trade items destined for the natives. In a multi-instrument performance incorporating fiddle, mandolin, guitar, harmonica, accordion, and autoharp, Paul and Win Grace of Columbia, MO, will sing and play period, traditional, and original music interpreting the epic journey of Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery.

The National Music Museum's Brown Bag Lunch Programs, held in the museum's concert hall most Fridays throughout the year, are free and open to the public. The museum's patrons and the South Dakota Arts Council through the S.D. Department of Tourism and State Development and the National Endowment for the Arts provide support for these programs. The museum, located at the corner of Clark and Yale Streets in Vermillion, is open to the public daily. For additional information and calendar of events, call (605) 677-5306 or visit www.usd.edu/smm.

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