September 21, 2019
Conductor Delta David Gier and South Dakota Symphony Orchestra bring their Lakota Music Project to Washington, D.C.

Conductor Delta David Gier and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra are bringing their Lakota Music Project to Washington, D.C. with three performances:

  • National Museum of the American Indian – October 19, 2019
  • Washington National Cathedral – October 16 and 21, 2019

The program is part of a festival conceived and hosted by the PostClassical Ensemble to spotlight Native American influences on American classical music. Performers will feature Lakota members including Emmanuel Black Bear, a traditional singer and two-time winner of a Native American Music Award, the cedar flute player Bryan Akipa and nine members of the South Dakota Symphony.

The Lakota Music Project is a collaborative program developed with Maestro Gier, the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and musicians of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  Among its activities, the Lakota Music Project hosts an annual music academy that includes performances of music written by high school composers for instruments of a European-style symphony orchestra as well as traditional music of the Lakota.

Conductor Delta David Gier and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra were recipients of 2016 Bush Foundation Prize for Community Innovation which cited, in particular, The Lakota Music Project as embodying the spirit of the Bush Prize.  Maestro Gier and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra were also recipients of a 2015 Mellon Foundation grant for their Bridge Project with the Lakota Nation.

The Lakota Music Project was described by Anne Midgette in her recent article in The Washington Post (September 5, 2019): https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/the-lakota-music-project-finds-common-ground-through-collaboration/2019/09/04/e7b9a5b6-c439-11e9-9986-1fb3e4397be4_story.html


For additional information about Conductor Delta David Gier, please contact William Reinert Associates, Inc.

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