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Jazz composer to join the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra for weeklong residency


Sioux Falls, S.D. – The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (SDSO) hosts Sumi Tonooka, New Music USA Composer-in-Residence, for a weeklong residency in Sioux Falls, SD. Tonooka’s residency begins Monday, November 16 with multiple High School programs, SDSO rehearsals, and other events. Culminating the week on Saturday, November 21 is the SDSO’s concert Berlioz’ Harold in Italy, at which the Dakota Wind Quintet will present the world premiere of Tonooka’s Mingus Mood, with the full orchestra playing the regional premiere of Tonooka’s Full Circle.

Tonooka’s career has been chronicled in highly regarded jazz books, including Living Jazz Life and Madamme Jazz. She is currently teaching piano at Bard College and Dutchess Community College in The Hudson Valley of New York.

Highlights of Tonooka’s activities throughout the week include:

  • Viewing of 1991 film Susumu for which Tonooka was the music director
  • Jam session with the Dakota Jazz Collective at ICON Lounge
  • League Luncheon at Country Club of Sioux Falls
  • Workshops with the Lincoln High School Jazz Bands
  • Performance of Tonooka’s works during SDSO’s Berlioz’ Harold in Italy concert

A full schedule of events is included.

Aaron Tubergen, principal violist of the SDSO, is also highlighted in Berlioz’ Harold in Italy. He will perform the piece, Harold in Italy, Op. 16, which was inspired by Lord Byron’s narrative poem Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. Along with the position of principal violist, Tubergen serves as violist of the Dakota String Quartet and he regularly performs with the Cincinnati Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra.

The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra will perform Berlioz’ Harold in Italy Saturday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Washington Pavilion. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Washington Pavilion box office at (605) 367 – 6000.

The Crescendo Program offers $10 tickets to all Classical Series performances to anyone under the age of 35 as well as free tickets for children with the purchase of an adult ticket to any Classical Series concert. In addition, members of the community who have never attended an SDSO performance before can receive a complimentary ticket to their first Classical Series concert. To participate in the Crescendo Program, please call the box office at (605) 367-6000.


Schedule of Events (full release)


Jake Windish, Marketing Assistant
South Dakota Symphony Orchestra
Phone: 605-335-7933, ext. 10