Jazz opens School of Performing Arts’ Spring Festival of Music


Collegian photo by FRANKIE HERRERA

The new Performing Arts Center theater expansion will have its reopening with “Chicago the Musical” Saturday, April 6.

The annual South Dakota State University School of Performing Arts Spring Festival of Music includes five concerts held April 12-14. Each concert outside of the chamber ensembles will be in the Performing Arts Center’s Larson Memorial Concert Hall on campus. The chamber ensembles will be in Founders Recital Hall.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. A family package—which allows four-or-more individuals to attend—is available for $30. South Dakota State students receive free admission with an ID. The purchase of one ticket admits its holder to all five concerts.

Tickets are available 30 minutes before each performance at the Performing Arts Center Box Office.

The Spring Festival of Music schedule is:

  • Jazz Ensembles and Jazz Combos—April 12, 7:30 p.m.
    • Featuring nationally acclaimed beat-boxing saxophonist Derek Brown
    • Yiqun Chen, director
  • Choirs (Concert Choir, Statesmen and Choralia Women’s Chorus)—April 13, 2:30 p.m.
    • Laura Diddle and Andrew Robinette, directors
  • SDSU Bands—April 13, 7:30 p.m.
    • Jacob Wallace and Kevin Kessler, directors
  • Orchestra (Tribute to the Beatles) and Opera (H.M.S. Pinafore)—April 14, 2:30 p.m.
    • David Reynolds and Emily Toronto, directors
  • Chamber Ensembles—April 14, 7:30 p.m.
    • Featuring the Percussion Ensemble, Aaron Ragsdale, director