Dakota Baroque to perform Nov. 9

Dakota Baroque to perform Nov. 9 The Dakota Baroque and Classic Company will perform Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, Yankton.

A dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by the musical group's performance at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25, and may be obtained by calling 665-9754 or 665-2414.

The Dakota Baroque and Classic Company, founded in 1996 under the auspices of the National Music Museum on The University of South Dakota campus in Vermillion, has become one of the most popular touring ensembles based at the university. Performing on historic instruments or authentic copies of original instruments, Dakota Baroque presents solo works and chamber music written for the people who once lived, worked, and played in the great cities and courts of Europe. Members of Dakota Baroque, all of whom are on the music faculty at The University of South Dakota, include Larry Schou, harpsichord, Susanne Skyrm, fortepiano, John Thomson, period violin, Arian Sheets, viola, Deborah Reeves, classical clarinet, and Gary Reeves, natural horn.

The instruments used by Dakota Baroque are commissioned copies of instruments found in the National Music Museum. One of the great institutions of its kind, the museum houses over 10,000 American, European, and non-Western instruments.

The characteristic soft, clear sound of these instruments gives a new aural perspective to the music of the 17th and 18th centuries, when chamber and solo works were played for entertainment at home and in smaller, more intimate spaces than the large halls of today.

Dakota Baroque concert programs consist of solo keyboard works and duos and trios of various combinations of instruments. Commentary about the instruments, composers, and music is included in the program.

The musicians will explain how the earlier instruments differ from their modern counterparts, and the adaptations that must be made by performers when playing historical instruments.

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