Dakota Prairie Youth Orchestra concert set for Dec. 11 at NSU

Seating in the Krikac Auditorium

ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Dakota Prairie Youth Orchestra will present their first ever concert on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m. in Krikac Auditorium on the campus of Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D. The concert is free and open to the public.

Under the direction of Dr. Christopher Stanichar, NSU Assistant Professor, DPYO will perform Kabalevsky’s “Dance and Toccatina, Orange Blossom Special,” and a charming arrangement of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Also on the program is “Escapade for Strings” by Aberdeen composer, John Cacavas. The orchestra will conclude with holiday favorites for the audience to sing along. Northern’s Beginning Violin Class will open the concert with popular tunes as well.

In its inaugural season, DPYO is an auditioned group that consists of some of the most talented string students in middle school and high school from the surrounding area. Rehearsals are held at Northern on Saturday mornings leading up to concerts in December and April. For audition and membership information, please contact the Dakota Prairie Youth Orchestra at 605-626-2591 or dpyo@northern.edu.

About Northern State University

Northern State University is a student-centered institution that provides an outstanding educational experience, preparing students through the liberal arts and professional education for their future endeavors. A regional university, Northern offers rigorous academics; diverse civic, social and cultural opportunities; and a commitment to building an inclusive environment for all points of view. Northern also offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 15 NCAA Division II intercollegiate varsity sports that compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NSIC). The university strives to enrich the community through partnerships such as its Educational Impact Campaign, which opened a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; new athletic and recreation fields; and an on-campus regional sports complex. With the $55 million campaign, NSU has been the recipient of more than $150 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions.