South Dakota Chorale to perform at Morningside
The Grammy-nominated South Dakota Chorale will present a concert, “Baltic Prayers,” at Morningside College at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Ave.
The concert is free and open to the public. It will feature composers from the Baltic region of Estonia and Latvia and the Nordic region of Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark. Composers include Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, Cyrillus Kreek, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Thomas Jennefelt and Arvo Pärt.
Based in Sioux Falls, the South Dakota Chorale features a wide range of professionals, from professional-level singers with day jobs in other disciplines to collegiate voice teachers and choral conductors to others who make their living singing opera and oratorio around the country.
The South Dakota Chorale has released three commercial recordings in collaboration with Grammy-winning producer Blanton Alspaugh, and it has received three Grammy nominations for Best Choral Performance, Best Surround Sound and Best Engineered Album (Classical).
The founder and artistic director of the South Dakota Chorale is Brian A. Schmidt. Schmidt is director of choral activities at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He maintains an active career as a conductor, singer and composer. He has a doctorate from the University of North Texas.