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Sounds of the Native-American flute at National Music Museum, this Friday, Oct. 14


Vermillion, S.D. (10/12/16) — The National Music Museum will welcome the musical artistry of Darren Thompson this Friday, October 14, 2016, at 12:05 (free preview) and 7:00 p.m. (ticketed concert). An award-winning musician and Crazy Horse Memorial Artist-in-Residence, Thompson will take listeners through a rich diversity of the Native American flute, sharing the sounds and history of one of the oldest instruments in the world. Thompson is from the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe in Northern Wisconsin, and will survey some of the rich sound tapestry of the Ojibwe, Lakota, Zuni, Hopi, Pueblo, Navajo, Kiowa, and Meskwaki.

An educator, activist, and film producer, Thompson specializes in the research and performance of both modern Native American flutes and of ancient indigenous musical traditions sourced in museum archives and collections. Lauded regionally and in world music, he has recorded two CDs, The Song of Flower, Native American Flute Songs from Ojibwe Country and Between Earth and Sky: Native American Music Recorded in the Black Hills. As with all NMM Live! performers, Thompson will briefly discuss his flutes within the context of related instruments in the Museum’s own collections.

Thompson is the second NMM Live! performer in the Museum’s fall 2016 series. NMM Live! concerts take place in the Arne B. Larson Concert Hall at the National Music Museum. Noon preview concerts are free. Evening concert admission is $7 but free to students and NMM members-with-benefits. For more information, visit the NMM’s website or NMM Live! programming is made possible through the help of the South Dakota Arts Council and the University of South Dakota.


Photo: Darren Thompson, Native American flute

No photo credit required.

About the National Music Museum
The National Music Museum, located on the campus of the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, is the world’s finest collection of musical instruments, with 15,000 items in its holdings and 1,200 on public display. Through bold acquisitions on the international market and a network of music-loving benefactors, the NMM owns some of the most historically significant musical instruments in existence. The National Music Museum Inc., was founded in 1973 and is a non-profit entity, in partnership with USD.


Patricia Bornhofen, Manager of Communications
National Music Museum
Phone: 605-677-3971