South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and Chorus celebrate 500th anniversary of Lutheran Reformation

Sioux Falls, S.D. – The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra closes its 2016-17 season with prestigious soloists and the SDSO Chorus performing what is heralded as one of the greatest works of all time. Bach’s B minor Mass at 7:30 PM on April 22 and 2:30 PM on April 23 at the Washington Pavilion. Maestro Delta David Gier says that the B minor Mass is remarkable in its technical mastery, theological insight, and artistic inspiration. “The impetus for the SDSO’s programming of this masterpiece was a letter from Lutheran Arts reminding us that 2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Undertaking a performance of this work is a daunting task for any organization but, like any truly great work of art, the more one brings to it, the more one takes away.” Soloists include returning Houston-based soprano Hannah Lu who has performed with the SDSO in 2015 and 2016. Mezzo-soprano Nicole Warner also returns to the SDSO after performing with the SDSO in 2016, and is scheduled to return next season. American tenor Joshua Kohl has been praised for his “firm technique and dynamic phrasing” by the Baltimore Sun. And Grammy nominee bass-baritone Stephen Bryant performs on the program after performing with the SDSO in 2015 for Mendelssohn’s Elijah. The South Dakota Symphony Chorus, under the direction of chorus master Dr. James Johnson, is comprised of over 100 volunteers throughout the Sioux Falls community. The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform Bach’s B minor Mass on Saturday, April 22 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, April 23 at 2:30 PM at the Washington Pavilion. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Washington Pavilion box office at (605) 367 – 6000. The Crescendo Program offers $10 tickets to all Classical Series performances to anyone under the age of 35 as well as free tickets for children with the purchase of an adult ticket to any Classical Series concert. In addition, members of the community who have never attended an SDSO performance before can receive a complimentary ticket to their first Classical Series concert.

For more information on the Crescendo Program, please call the box office at (605) 367-6000.

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