South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and Creekside Singers to Kick Off Spring Tour Thursday in Pierre for Lakota Music Project

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PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Thursday brings the kickoff of the second tour for the Lakota Music Project in Pierre.  The Lakota Music Project was created over a period of about three years; as the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra worked with leaders of the Lakota community to create a way to build bridges between whites and Native Americans through music.  2009 brought the first tour of the Lakota Music Project. Thursday in Pierre, the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and the Creekside Singers-a Lakota drumming group from Pine Ridge-will present a side-by-side performance of a musical exchange between both groups as part of the 2013 tour.  Barry LeBeau, who will narrate the performance, says the music in the first part of the program will express four common human experiences.

The Pierre stop will take place at the Pierre Indian Learning Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.  The next performance is planned for Friday at 7:00 p.m. at Cheyenne Eagle Butte High School in Eagle Butte, Saturday at the Sisseton Performing Arts Center and Sunday in Mobridge at the Scherr Howe Arena at 2:00 p.m.  LeBeau says new music will be premiered during one of the stops on the tour and plans call for creating a CD utilizing some of the new music that is part of the Lakota Music Project.

LeBeau says the Lakota Music Project has performed at Crazy Horse Memorial as part of past Native American Day events and it’s likely they will perform there again this year.  This week’s concerts in Pierre, Eagle Butte, Sisseton and Mobridge are free and open to the public.

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