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2014 Calendar of Events

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The mission of musical programming at the National Music Museum is to highlight the instrument collection of the NMM. Live music should educate how musical instruments are designed, fabricated, and used to enliven human expression through music. Performers, with support of NMM staff as needed, will explore opportunities to point audience members toward relevant exhibits at the NMM. Proposals for future events may be made via email to Patricia Bornhofen.

The NMM's public programming is underwritten by the USD Student Association and the South Dakota Arts Council, the support for which is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism and State Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Note: All events are held in the Arne B. Larson Concert Hall, unless otherwise noted.


2014 Events

January 24

Willson and McKee

NMM Live! Brown Bag Music Series

Rocky Mountain Celtic
with Willson & McKee

Willson and McKee's musical style defines what happens to traditional music when it settles comfortably in the west. Traditional songs are re-worked with a contemporary shine, while a drop of the ancient is added to the originals. The fine line between the centuries takes advantage of tight harmonies, unusual instrumentation, stories and fun, reflecting the moods of their life in the Rocky Mountains. Let's just say this is not your Grandfather's Irish music, or sloshing pub music, or simple folk tunes! You can expect it to be intelligent, thought provoking, fun, and soulful! 12:05 p.m. Free.


January 31

T. Wilson King

NMM Live! Brown Bag Music Series

Acoustic Electronica
with T. Wilson King

T. Wilson King, Vermillion's popular and energetic poet/songwriter, returns to center stage with his acoustic and bottle-neck guitars close at hand. 12:05 p.m. Free.


February 7

 

Sousa's Band playing the Stars and Sripes March (1911), from the NMM Photo Archive

NMM Live! Brown Bag Music Series

Was There a Piccolo Before
"Stars and Stripes"?

with Stephanie Kocher
and Christine Beard

The piccolo obbligato at the conclusion of John Philip Sousa's march, "The Stars and Stripes Forever," is one of the most recognizeable pieces of music written for the diminutive flute. But, as USD's Adjunct Flute Teacher, Stephanie Kocher, never fails to mention, there is more to the story of the piccolo than its iconic appearance in Sousa's march. Using historic instruments from the NMM's collections, Kocher and piccolo advocate, Christine Beard (Professor of Flute, University of Nebraska at Omaha), will reveal some of the piccolo's best-kept secrets. 12:05 p.m. Free.


February 14

Wayne Weng (photo by Michael DiVito)

NMM Live! Brown Bag Music Series

Wayne Weng, Piano

Today's the day to bring your Valentine to the museum to enjoy a passionate performance by Wayne Weng, winner of the seventh Iowa Piano Competition (2013). A D.M.A. student at The City University of New York, Weng also holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Mannes College of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Yale University. According to the Sioux City Journal, Weng's competition performance "was superior on all counts" and blended "emotion and technical strength." The Wiltshire Gazette & Herald describes Weng's playing as "bold, vibrant, immensely musical" and having "delicacy amounting to almost reverence through gossamer touch." 12:05 p.m. Free.


February 21

Touch of Brass Quintet

NMM Live! Brown Bag
Music Series

A Touch of Brass

The Touch of Brass Quintet (Wakefield, Nebraska) will perform a varied and animated program for your listening pleasure. Personnel include  Keith D. Krueger, trumpet; David Bohnert, trumpet; Gary Reeves, horn; Randall Neuharth, trombone; and Josh Calkin, tuba. 12:05 p.m. Free. 


February 28

Julianne Baird
Marcia Hadjimarkos

The Jane Austen Songbook

Julianne Baird and Marcia Hadjimarkos, The Jane Austen Songbook, Arne B. Larson Concert Hall, National Music Museum. Sponsored by the USD Music Department. Free to public, limited seating, 7:30 pm.


March 7

Mat D

NMM Live! Brown Bag Music Series

Mat D

"Hard-luck Americana" aptly describes Mat D's (Sioux City) all-original songs for voice and guitar. His musical style, which has been characterized as ranging from Americana to Country to Blues to Rockabilly, has been said to "stack up with Haggard, Johnny Cash, Elvis, and kicks the liver out of most major label attempts in this genre" (Jim Pipkin, reviewer). New and old fans alike can expect to be "treated to an irreverent display of down home, original and twisted twang driven tunes." 12:05 p.m. Free.


March 21

John Koster

NMM Live! Brown Bag Music Series

In Stile Antico
with John Koster

To celebrate Johann Sebastian Bach's 329th birthday, John Koster (NMM Conservator and Professor of Music) will present a lecture-recital about the great composer's last masterpiece, The Art of Fugue. Several pieces from Bach's monumental series of fugues and canons--all based on a single musical theme--and examples of analogous works by sixteenth- and seventeenth-century composers will be performed on the harpsichord. 12:05 p.m. Free.


March 28

Jack Norton

NMM Live! Brown Bag
Music Series

Jack Norton

EMMY Award winning songwriter, Jack Norton (Minnesota), returns to Vermillion with his renowned "vaudeville in miniature" show including original songs, gypsy hokum, vaudeville swing, crooning vocals sung through vintage megaphones, sight gags and musical comedy. As a musical purveyor of vintage vaudeville, jug band and ragtimey bluegrass music, Norton's high-energy, pure family-friendly performance is an authentic throwback to a simpler time and bygone era. 12:05 p.m. Free. 


April 4

Flag of Guatemala

NMM Live! Brown Bag
Music Series

USD Percussion Ensemble

The USD Percussion Ensemble performs on the national instrument of Guatemala--the marimba--featuring the NMM's marimba cuarche and marimba grande, both custom-made in Guatemala by Jagan and Toc Hermanos. 12:05 p.m. Free.


April 11

Dick Kimmel

NMM Live! Brown Bag Music Series

The Ambassador of Bluegrass
Dick Kimmel

Dick Kimmel (New Ulm, Minnesota), vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, mandolin, and clawhammer banjo. For more than fifty years, Kimmel has been associated with traditional bluegrass and old-time country music as a performer, recording artist, workshop instructor, historian, and songwriter. A well-known and highly respected musician, Kimmel was inducted into America's Old-Time Country and Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2010. 12:05 p.m. Free.


April 25

Amy Shaw

NMM Live! Brown Bag
Music Series

Winds of Change
with Amy Shaw and Friends

When Amy Shaw, originally a classical oboist, studied the NMM's collection of 19th-century English flutes for her master's thesis back in 1993, little did she know it would lead to a whole new musical lifestyle as a traditional wooden flute player. Join Amy and friends John McCormick (button accordion) and Brian Miller (guitar) for Winds of Change, a program of lively traditional music from Ireland, along with a few tunes from Scotland and Maritime Canada. 12:05 p.m. Free.


May 2

A musician plays one of the gongs in the Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan

NMM Live! Brown Bag
Music Series

The Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan

The Tatag Gamelan Ensemble brings the music of Java to Vermillion in their annual spring gamelan performance. 12:05 p.m. Free.


May 9 - Commencement Weekend Open House
Free Admission All Day (9 AM-8PM)!

Johnnyrandom

NMM Live! Bike Music
with
Johnnyrandom

Composer and sound designer 'Johnnyrandom' will be featured at the NMM's Open House during USD's commencement weekend, May 9th-10th.  Johnnyrandom's experimental work, "Bespoken," has become something of an Internet sensation--he created it from thousands of sounds harvested from two bicycles. He and his work were recently featured on National Public Radio. Also known as Steven/Flip Baber, Johnnyrandom is the creator of the famed 'Doritos® crunch' sound effect and many others. For the 'Bike Music' presentation, he'll display two high-end bicycles, showing how they become musical instruments in the hands of a skilled, creative sound artist.

12:05 p.m. Free.
7:00 p.m. Encore presentation of Bike Music. Free.


May 10 - Commencement Weekend Open House
Free Admission All Day (9AM-5PM)!

Johnnyrandom

NMM Open House Continues
with
Johnnyrandom

Composer and sound designer 'Johnnyrandom' will be featured in demos throughout the second day of the NMM's Open House during USD's commencement weekend.  Johnnyrandom and his work were recently featured on National Public Radio--listen to/read the NPR blog at http://tinyurl.com/o2yrju5 or hear sound samples at https://soundcloud.com/johnnyrandom. Also known as Steven/Flip Baber, Johnnyrandom is the creator of the famed ‘Doritos® crunch’ sound effect and many others.

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Free.


May 14-17

Meeting of The Historical Keyboard Society of North America

"Four Centuries of Masterpieces:
Keyboards and Their Music"

Program


May 23-September 1

Celebrating the Saxes

Summer Exhibition

Celebrating the Saxes

May 23 - September 1
Arne B. Larson Concert Hall


June 9-12

William Shakespeare caricature

Shaking up Shakespeare!

Would Shakespeare have played the piano? The guitar? How about the trumpet or flute? "Play On!" by discovering and exploring musical instruments that were around during the time of William Shakespeare. Make your own Elizabethan Era musical instruments to take home.

Summer Explorer Series for students entering 4th-6th grades

Monday-Wednesday 9:00-11:30 AM
Thursday 9:00 AM-1:00 PM


June 16-19

Caricature of William Shakespeare

Shaking Up Shakespeare!

Would Shakespeare have played the piano? The guitar? How about the trumpet or flute? "Play On!" by discovering and exploring musical instruments that were around during the time of William Shakespeare. Make your own Elizabethan Era musical instruments to take home.

Summer Discovery Series for students entering 1st-3rd grades

Monday-Thursday 10:00-11:00 AM OR 1:00-2:00 PM

 


June 27

NMM Live!

A Little Summer Night Music

Kentucky Baroque Trumpets

The Kentucky Baroque Trumpets

The award-winning Kentucky Baroque Trumpets ensemble tours internationally, playing everything from courtly 17th-century pieces to modern blockbusters like the Olympic Fanfare and the theme to Rocky. The 13-member ensemble recreates the majestic sounds and styles of the historic baroque trumpet including signal calls, cavalry music, voice accompaniment, dance and solo music. KBT's Don Johnson says that the NMM's concert will include a rare treat: the debut of a recently recovered 1614 sonata. The 400-year-old Bendinelli composition has been transferred to modern musical notation for the first time by Johnson and renowned international trumpeter Friedemann Immer (who will also be featured in the concert).

7:00 p.m.  Free outdoor concert on the NMM's Townsley Courtyard.  People are encouraged to arrive early and bring folding chairs or blankets.  In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in Farber Hall (in Old Main).


July 4

NMM Live!

A Little Summer Night Music

South Dakota Brass Quintet

The South Dakota
Brass Quintet

Heralding local fireworks, the South Dakota Brass Quintet will perform spirited American compositions to celebrate the Fourth of July. The SDBQ is made up of area and University of South Dakota musicians: Rolf Olson and Scott Olson on trumpet, Gary Reeves on horn, Jonathan Alvis on trombone, and Chuck Dibley on tuba.

7:00 p.m.  Free outdoor concert on the NMM's Townsley Courtyard.  People are encouraged to arrive early and bring folding chairs or blankets.  In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in Farber Hall (in Old Main).


Friday, September 5

Google Cultural Institute

Comes to the NMM!

Google Cultural Institute Logo

Launch of NMM Gallery on
Google Cultural Institute Website

10:00-10:30 a.m.    Program:  Speakers to include South Dakota Secretary of Tourism, James Hagen; NMM Director, Cleveland Johnson; and Wolote Moko, Google Cultural Institute.  Free.

10:30 a.m.    Reception, press opportunities, demonstrations of Google Street View Trolley and the Cultural Institute platform (https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/home). Free.

10:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.   Google Chromebooks available at NMM for public to access demos of Google Cultural Institute.  Free.

Link to NMM's Gallery on the Google Cultural Institute.


Friday, September 12

NMM Live at Noon!

Ted and Alice Miller

Ted and Alice Miller

Ted and Alice Miller, natives of Hartington, Nebraska, describe themselves as singers and songwriters of the music of Americana. Their audiences usually pick up on their frequent nods to 90s pop, altcountry, and folk music as well. The Miller's have travelled extensively in the Midwest performing their own music with guitar, voice, cajon, and washboard.  12:05 p.m.  Free.


Thursday, September 18

NMM at the Movies

At the Coyote Twin Theater
Main Street, Vermillion

NMM at the Movies

Amadeus

The genius of Mozart is featured in this Best-Picture Oscar winner.  This evening's big screen movie will open with a brief presentation by a member of the NMM staff exploring questions about the movie's historical fidelity and quality, as well as questions about music and musical instruments in history.

NMM movies are free to USD students with ID and to NMM members-with-benefits. General admission, $5.00. Seniors and youth admission, $3.00.

7:00 p.m.


Friday, September 26

NMM Live at Noon!

Hard Road Trio

Hard Road Trio

Original Southwestern acoustic music at the crossroads of Roots and Blugrass, presented by Steve Smith, Chris Sanders and Anne Luna--the Hard Road Trio. Their music grows from Steve's love of bluegrass rooted in his native Virginia, the beauty of choral singing ever-present in Chris' Minnesota childhood and the tradition of music in Anne's New Mexico family. Together, their Southwestern blend of Bluegrass and Roots provides a unique heartbeat and lilt underscored by Anne's driving bass. 12:05 p.m.  Free.


Thursday, October 16

NMM at the Movies

At the Coyote Twin Theater
Main Street, Vermillion

NMM at the Movies

Note-by-Note:
The Making of Steinway L1037

Award-winning documentary about the famed Steinway pianos and their vanishing breed of craftsmen This evening's big screen movie will open with a brief presentation by a member of the NMM staff exploring questions about how the movie relates to music and musical instruments in history.

NMM movies are free to USD students with ID and to NMM members-with-benefits. General admission, $5.00. Seniors and youth admission, $3.00.

7:00 p.m.


Saturday, October 25

NMM Live!

Mike Cwach and the DDM in Concert

Mike Cwach and the DDM

Enjoy Czech folk and bagpipe music at its finest presented by Yankton native, Mike Cwach, and the DDM (Domazlickz dudzckz muzika).
2:00 p.m.  Free.


Thursday, November 13

NMM at the Movies

At the Coyote Twin Theater
Main Street, Vermillion

NMM at the Movies

The Red Violin

The mystery of a three-centuries-old famed Italian instrument is the subject of this evocative film.  This evening's big screen movie will open with a brief presentation by a member of the NMM staff exploring questions about the movie's historical fidelity and quality, as well as questions about music and musical instruments in history.

NMM movies are free to USD students with ID and to NMM members-with-benefits. General admission, $5.00. Seniors and youth admission, $3.00.

7:00 p.m.


Friday, November 21

NMM Live at Noon!

Klezmer Klarinet

Klezmer Klarinet

Deborah Check Reeves, clarinet, The University of South Dakota, with John D. Check, piano, University of Central Missouri, join forces to present a lively and engaging program of traditional Klezmer music.   Although the genre has its origins in Eastern Europe, it became popular in the U.S. as Yiddish speaking Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe arrived at the turn of the 19th to the 20th centuries and assimilated American jazz into their repetoire of dance tunes and instrumental solos. 12:05 p.m. Free.


Friday, December 12

NMM Live at Noon!

The South Dakota Brass Quintet

South Dakota Brass Quintet

Join us at noon for some festive season music performed by the South Dakota Brass Quintet (USD)--Rolf Olson, trumpet; Clayton Lehman, trumpet; Gary Reeves, French horn; Jonathan Alvis, trombone; and Chuck Dibley, tuba. 12:05 p.m. Free.


Watch the calendar for more exciting programming yet to be announced!


The NMM's public programming is underwritten by the USD Student Association and the South Dakota Arts Council, the support for which is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism and State development, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Note: All events are held in the Arne B. Larson Concert Hall, unless otherwise noted.

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