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2014 Calendar of Events

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The "NMM Live! Brown Bag Music Series" programs are free and open to the public. They begin at 12:05 and end at 12:55 p.m. Bring a brown bag lunch. Or, if you prefer to eat early, late, or not at all, please join us anyway. Coffee and tea will be available for a 50-cent donation.

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).


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


The "NMM Live! Brown Bag Music Series" programs are free and open to the public. They begin at 12:05 and ends at 12:55 p.m. Bring a brown bag lunch. Or, if you prefer to eat early, late, or not at all, please join us anyway. Coffee and tea will be available for a 50-cent donation.

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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