7-Time ASCAP Award Winner

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2016 – 2017 season

—Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal

—an unprecedented programming innovation.    

Delta David Gier . . . decided to perform a piece by a living
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer on each of the classical programs . . 

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 Winner of the John S. Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment
to New American Music

I just heard your performance of my second symphony. It was deeply committed and moving, and your orchestra played it superbly. Please give them my thanks and congratulations.

You obviously understand what the root of my music is, and I only hope to hear more performances by you of my work. 

Thank you so much. With admiration, 


John Corigliano 

2021–2022 Concert schedule


Orchestra Metropolitana Bari 

September 17

Arthur Farwell  Hako Quartet 

Lou Harrison  Piano Concerto

       Emanuele Arciuli,  piano

September 23

Frank J. Oteri  Already Yesterday or Still Tomorrow
George Walker  Lyric for Strings

Philip Glass  Tirol Concerto

      Emanuele Arciuli,  piano


The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra

Stephen Yarbrough   Suite South Dakota  
World Premiere

Beethoven  Violin Concerto

     Maya Anjali Buchanan, violin

Grieg   Symphonic Dances


SDSO’s Lakota Music Project Concert

     Stephen Bryant, bass-baritone

     Bryan Akipa, cedar flute

     Creekside Singers


Star Spangled Banner and the Lakota Flag Song

Jeffrey Paul  Wind on Clear Lake

Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate   Victory Songs

Jeffrey Paul   Desert Wind

Alexander Trujillo   The Little Boat

Teagan Bellonger   Stolen Sisters

Brent Michael Davids   Black Hills Olowan

arr. Theodore Wiprud   Amazing Grace


Lancaster Symphony Orchestra 

Roberto Sierra  Sinfonietta 

Roberto Sierra   Symphony No. 4

Rachmaninoff  Symphony No. 2


Handel’s Messiah


Modesto Symphony Orchestra 

Beethoven   Leonore Overture No. 3

Arturo Márquez   Cello Concerto 

   Francisco Vila-Haas, cello 

Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra

David Gordon   Fabular Arcana  World Premiere

     Paul Sánchez, piano

Rachmaninoff   Symphony No. 2



The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra

Jessie Montgomery  Starburst

Jessie Montgomery   Strum

George Walker  Lyric for Strings

Valerie Coleman   Nonet

Anna Clyne   Within Her Arms

Vivaldi   Four Seasons



The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra

Malek Jandali / A Candle  World Premiere

Zakir Hussain   Peshkar
     Zakir Hussain, tabla
Tchaikovsky / Symphony No. 5



The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra

Bach  St. Matthew Passion


Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra

John Luther Adams  An Atlas of Deep Time
World Premiere

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Participants in the Native American Chap
Participants in the Native American Chap
NEA National Treasure Bryan Akipa, Dakot
Bryan Akipa The National Cathedral WA DC
Dakota String Quartet after recording Fa
2019 David Kim, Doosook Kim & Delta Davi
portrait by Suchart Vongthong
Malek Jandali & DDG
DDG Oratorium
DDG and Paolo Paroni
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Delta David Gier
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Jazz composers Orchestra
Bryan Akipa & Delta David Gier
China-U.S. Composers Project
Delta David Gier
Marimba Concerto Rehearsal
Delta David Gier & Alex Ross
DDG JLA, Paul Lombardi
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DDG, Dan Goeller and William Cedeño
DDG & Concert master Doosook Kim
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Delta David Gier
Bernard Woma Rehearsal
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The Lakota Music Project
Recording Opera with the SDSO
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DDG and Maestro John Nelson
Oratorium, Romania
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Delta David Gier by Chris Browne
Senator George McGovern

John Luther Adams  World Premiere
 An Atlas of Deep Time 

David Gier gave a splendid reading of the Mahler [4]. The long slow movement unfolded as if in one breath, and you could absolutely feel the audience being drawn into the music. You could have heard a pin drop for the entire length of that slow movement.  . . . 
Watching David speak at a post-concert dinner and interact with the Volunteer League at their luncheon and the board at their meeting, it is clear that he is the complete music director package.


—Henry Fogel, On the Record Blog February 2008


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