Holiday Concert Series at the Dahl
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Dahl’s Holiday Concert series is back! The New Horizons Band was featured for the Wednesday’s noontime concert and played an assortment of American tunes and Christmas favorites. Camp Town Races and Beautiful Dreamer were among the arrangements played.
Although originally developed at the Eastman School of Music for people 50 and over, the New Horizons Band in South Dakota has expanded its admission to adults of all ages. The South Dakota chapter began in 1997 with 16 people…of that number, only 8 had ever played an instrument. Today the bands roster numbers 50, and is run by retired director Milo Winter, a respected Rapid City School System music educator.
Along with the holiday concert series, The Dahl Arts Center hosts emerging artists Friday evenings in hopes of inspiring and bringing performing arts to the public. The Friday night events are dear to Stephen Branch, The Dahl’s emerging performing artists coordinator.
“Most every Friday evening, in the Bruce H. Lien Cultural Café which is on the Kansas City Street side of the building, we have emerging performing artists that perform Fridays from 5:30 to 7. Early enough in the evening that you can come to that and still have time to go out an enjoy the evening.”
The first two Fridays of the month are open mic, and the last Fridays feature local and regional emerging artists. The concerts are an extension of the museum’s performing arts and help ring in the holidays. They take place the first two Wednesdays of December at noon – and next week will feature the Shrine of Democracy Chorus.