Musical performances announced for 50th Flood observance events
The first performance called “Remembrance and Renewal” will kick off the observance June 5 at 3 p.m. at the Journey Museum and Learning Center. It will feature The New Music Ensemble of the Black Hills, and the performance will be recorded for physical and digital copies.
“This new work is composed for 16 players, highlights the destruction and lives lost in the Black Hills Flood of 1972, lifting into the creation of the green space and public parks that we all enjoy,” said event organizer Alex Massa.
The second performance will be Andrew Beaird performing his original song “Higher Ground” at the Flood Memorial Walk June 8 at 10 a.m.
His song is a tribute to the victims and survivors of the 1972 Flood and was inspired by his father’s story where he and a friend rescued a couple of elderly ladies who were standing in their front yard in waist deep water clutching each other for dear life, and they got them in their car and somehow made it to higher ground.
The third performance is also set for June 8 at 8 p.m. and it will be the Rapid City Municipal Band at the Memorial Park Band Shell.
Under the direction of Mark Bray, Don Downs and Bill Evans, the band will perform a program of songs as a tribute to the flood victims and survivors.
The fourth performance will be June 9 at 6 p.m. in The Monument’s LaCroix Hall, and it will be the Dakota Choral Union presenting a half-hour performance. The performance will be held in conjunction with the observance week’s featured event, ‘An Interview with Mayor Don Barnett” Recollections of the 1972 Flood”.
All events are free and open to the public.