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New Harmonies exhibit in South Dakota closes with a concert

January 8, 2013 | By Federal/State Partnership Staff

To close out the Museum on Main Street tour of “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music” in South Dakota, the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra will perform the world premiere of a Lakota song cycle by Native American composer Jerod Tate. The concert will be held at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls, SD at 7:30 on January 12, 2013 and will also feature a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3. Tickets should be reserved in advance through www.washingtonpavilion.org.

Jerod Tate is a member of the Chickasaw Nation who resides in Oklahoma. His new piece is considered an expression of honor and respect from a Chickasaw man to the Sioux Nation, according to Sarah Burman of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. The piece will be sung in Lakota by baritone Stephen Bryant. Tate composed the original poetry for the piece, which consists of six movements.

New Harmonies, offered by the Smithsonian Institution through the South Dakota Humanities Council, began in March with a grand opening in Sturgis, before moving on to Aberdeen, Brookings, Deadwood, and Rapid City. It arrived in Sioux Falls at the Siouxland Heritage Museums in November for the final leg of the tour.

“New Harmonies” showcases the history of American music in genres such as blues, country western, folk ballads, and gospel. It features familiar songs, histories of instruments, roles of religion and technology, and the connection of musical roots in all popular American music.