Artists set for inaugural performing arts showcase

Artists set for inaugural performing arts showcase
South Dakota artists from across the state will be featured in a performing arts showcase during the Inaugural festivities in Pierre on Saturday, Jan. 6.

The showcase will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Lutheran Memorial Church next to the State Capitol at 320 East Prospect Avenue.

Performances include Dominant 7 of Aberdeen, The Singing Legionnaires of Sioux Falls, and the Saints Peter & Paul Folk Group of Pierre. Each group will perform for approximately 30 minutes.

The showcase is open and free to the public.

Formed in 1978, the Saints Peter & Paul Folk Group, Pierre, blends the sounds of string bass, guitars and piano with voice in contemporary faith song. Their home is the 10 a.m. Sunday morning mass at St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Pierre.

The Singing Legionnaires have been a staple of choral music in the Sioux Falls area for nearly 60 years. The group is renowned for 30 consecutive appearances at American Legion national conventions, including 20 national choral championships. As ambassadors of the American Legion, their performances include concerts at Mt. Rushmore and pre-game ceremonies for the Minnesota Twins.

Headquartered at Northern State University (NSU), the Dominant 7 is a high energy performance ensemble comprised primarily of seven trumpets, although members also play bass and percussion and sing as well. Led by Dr. Grant Manhart, associate professor of high brass at NSU, the group's popularity has quickly risen. Since forming in 2004, they have toured the region and performed for a crowd of 20,000 at the University of Wisconsin spring varsity band concert, and opened for Arturo Sandoval at the International Trumpet Guild Conference.

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