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‘‘There are shocks of beauty, shocks of feeling, shocks of insight. Such were the virtues of John Luther Adams’s
Become Ocean.

Alex RossThe New Yorker


The SDSO opens its 95th season lending its voice to the 2016 centennial celebration of the Pulitzer Prizes by performing winner John Luther Adams’ Become Ocean. Several events have been planned to prepare for and help celebrate this important prize and composition. 






Thursday, October 6, 2016


3:00pm – 3:50pm

JLA Composition Lecture at Augustana University as part of the Knutson Master Class Series — The Augustana University Music Department invites
Mr. Adams for a discussion as part of the Knutson Master Series, which
presents Music and the Arts through the 21st Century prism of possibility and opportunity. Augustana has invited, composers, artists, administrators, entrepreneurs, and innovators to this series.  

WHERE: Kresge Auditorium, Humanities Center, Augustana University

WHO CAN ATTEND: All are welcome



Panel Discussion – Music in the Anthropocene

Panel: JLA, Delta David Gier, Randell Beck, and Norman Bliss


Join SDSO Music Director Delta David Gier and Pulitzer Board President Randell Beck for a panel discussion about John Luther Adams' prize-winning orchestral work Become Ocean and the environmental changes that inspired it. The composer will be present for the panel, as will Norman Bliss, Principal Scientist with ASRC Federal InuTeq, a contractor to the U.S. Geological Survey at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS). An environmental activist as well as composer, Adams will discuss his life's work as well as the inspiration for “Become Ocean,” to be performed by the SDSO on their opening program October 8th.

WHERE: Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center



SDSO Rehearsal Open to Panel Discussion Participants

WHERE: Schulte Room, Washington Pavilion 



Friday, October 7, 2016



SDPB Radio Interview on Morning Classics with JLA and Delta David Gier
WHERE: Listen at 90.0 or online at SDPB


SDPB Documentary Interview



South Dakota Symphony League Luncheon – JLA and Delta David Gier
WHERE: Minnehaha Country Club
WHO CAN ATTEND: All are welcome call 605-335-7933 to make a reservation.  



Saturday, October 8, 2016



The South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra will 
workshop JLA's String quartet Wind in High Places 
arranged for string orchestraa  

WHERE: McGovern Middle School 

WHO CAN ATTEND: Area High School Music Students Invited to Observe



SDSO Dress Rehearsal

WHERE: Washington Pavilion 

WHO CAN ATTEND: Open to only invited/registered guests, masterclass participants, and youth orchestra students attending the 11am workshop



SDSO Concert Insights with JLA and Delta David Gier

WHERE: Washington Pavilion
WHO CAN ATTEND: Open to all ticket holders 



SDSO Concert at the Washington Pavilion


Post Concert Donor Reception - Argus Leader Media Subscriber Event

A Celebration of the 100th
Anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize

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