Twenty-three music professionals from colleges and universities around the region will perform during this year's Sounds of South Dakota Vocal Showcase, "Mozart and More," at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 17 at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Sioux Falls. The concert is a landmark event, providing a unique opportunity for music faculty from the region to work collaboratively in presenting some of opera's most memorable music. Vocalists and pianists from the University of Sioux Falls, Augustana College, The University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University, Northern State University, Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA, Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN, and the Sioux Falls community will perform in the program.
Local performers include Bruce Earnest, tenor; Christopher Mitchell, bass-baritone; Susanne Skyrm, pianist; and Adam Soder, mezzo -soprano; all of The University of South Dakota; and Darla Earnest, soprano; of Vermillion.
This year's program highlights the operas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in honor of the composer's 250th birthday. The company will perform scenes from four of his operas during the first half of the program. The second half of the concert features scenes from English-language operas by Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, Stephen Sondheim, Douglas Moore, Gian Carlo Menotti and the venerable Gilbert and Sullivan. This is the fourth concert presented by Sounds of South Dakota. Partners for this year's showcase are the South Dakota Music Teachers Association and Dakota Voices, Inc. The annual showcase is designed to promote appreciation and enjoyment of opera, and to highlight the talents of professional singers who are natives of, or have strong ties to, South Dakota.
Tickets for "Mozart and More" are $25 for adults and $15 for students (including those in college, with a valid ID). Tickets are available at the Sioux Falls Arena Box Office, by phone 605-334-8181, at Ticketmaster.com or at any Ticketmaster location. For more information, or to arrange an interview, contact Cheryl Koch at 605-336-1196.