7-Time ASCAP Award Winner

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—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 . . 

delta david gier
 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. 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

MAY 2021

The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven Piano concerto No. 5 “Emperor”

     Emmanuel Ax, piano

Aaron Jay Kernis   Elegy

Beethoven Symphony No. 7



Masterworks festival

Mozart   Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio

Beethoven Piano concerto No. 5 “Emperor”

Dvorak   Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”


Crescendo Summer Institute

Brahms Symphony No. 2


The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra

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


Handel’s Messiah


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 Colman / Nonet

Anna Clyne / Within Her Arms

Vivaldi / Four Seasons



The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra

Reena Esmail My Sister’s Voice
     Saili Oak, soprano

     Priti Ghandi, soprano

Malek Jandali / TBD

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   World Premiere

Masterworks Festival 2021
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
Delta David Gier
Delta David Gier
Delta David Gier Colorado Symphony
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
Delta David Gier
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

Crescendo Summer Institute, Tokaj Hungary

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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