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Piano Festival Returns To SF For Seventh Year

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It's an event now in its seventh season dedicated to bringing classical music to the area and educating children to the wonderful world of the piano.

Paul Sanchez and Andrew Reinartz joined Phil this morning to tell us more about the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival.

Dakota Sky Heads Into Seventh Annual Season. The Dakota Sky International Piano Festival is preparing for their upcoming Seventh Annual Season, which takes place from July 20- August 3 at the Belbas Theater of the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls. During the two weeks, there will be be 7 evening recitals, 4 free Children's Concerts, 4 free lunch-time seminars, and a Young Artist Program, all featuring some of the world's foremost pianists and educators.

Evening Performances
The evening performances are semi-casual concerts that take place in the intimate setting of the Belbas Theater. The Recital Series kicks off on July 20 with a solo recital by Sioux Falls native and Dakota Sky Founder Paul Sanchez, followed by renowned educator and performer Daniel Paul Horn in his first appearance at Dakota Sky. Horn will also be performing a new work by Sioux Falls native, composer Jacob Bancks. Jacob Ertl will join soprano Kayleen Sanchez for an evening of art songs, and Lucille Chung will present her first solo recital at Dakota Sky. And, to celebrate their seventh season, the closing gala performance will feature Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Jose Feghali.

The Spotlight Series will feature two unique performances. The first is Tony Caramia, a jazz and classical pianistswho will perform solo and will be joined later in the program by Allison Nash on voice and Andrew Reinartz onbass. The series concludes with a chamber music recital featuring pianists Lucille Chung and Peter Klimo joiningJohn Pennington and Ryun Louie, two percussionists from the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.

Education and Outreach

Dakota Sky continues to develop its education and outreach efforts. This year's Community Education programconsists of a series of free Children's Concerts and free lunch-time Seminars. The Children's Concerts are aunique set of exciting concerts geared for children grades K-5. The kids get to sit on-stage and interact with themusicians in an active, participatory setting. The Seminar Series is an informal lunch-time discussion session with the guest artists, on topics tailored for both musicians and novice arts lovers. The Dakota Sky Young Artist Program, now in its third year, features auditioned students from around the country who come to Sioux Falls to participate in private lessons, master classes, seminars, and discussion sessions with Festival staff and guest artists. They also have two performance opportunities, which are free and open to the public. The Young Artists Program is the first and only of its kind in the area, furthering their goal to be a center
for music education in the region.

More Information
For more ticketing and scheduling information, see the Dakota Sky website at www.dakotasky.org. There are
season ticket packages available, as well as discounted tickets for students, music educators, and children.

Recital and Spotlight Series
All Performances at 7:30pm
Saturday, July 20 - Paul Sanchez
Monday, July 22 - Tony Caramia (jazz/classical piano) with Allison Nash (vocalist) and Andrew Reinartz
Thursday, July 25 - Daniel Paul Horn
Saturday, July 27 - Jacob Ertl (piano) with Kayleen Sanchez (soprano)
Monday, July 29 - Lucille Chung
Thursday, August 1 - John Pennington, Ryun Louie (percussion), with Lucille Chung & Peter Klimo (piano)
Saturday, August 3 - José Feghali

Young Artist Program Recitals
All performances at 7:30pm and are free to the public
Friday, July 26 - Solo Recital
Friday, August 2 - Song Recital (with Kayleen Sanchez, soprano)

Children's Concert Series
Free and open to the public, tailored to grades K-5
Tuesday, July 23 - 10am-11am - Variations on a Theme
Tuesday, July 23 - 11am-12pm - Onomatopoeia!
Tuesday, July 30 - 10am-11am - It's All New Music
Tuesday, July 30 - 11am-12pm - Words With Music

Seminar Series
Free and open to the public - 12pm-1pm. Food allowed.
Wednesday, July 24 - Tony Caramia - The Art of Modern Programming
Friday, July 26 - Daniel Paul Horn - The Middle Man: The Creator, the Performer and You.
Monday, July 29 - Jacob Ertl - What's the meaning of all that noise?! Frederic Rzewski's music with a
Wednesday, July 31 - Paul Sanchez & Andrew Reinartz - Looking Back: Perspectives on the Road Thus

Master Classes
Free and open to the public.
Monday, July 22 2:00pm-5:00pmPaul Sanchez
Tuesday, July 23 2:00pm-5:00pmTony Caramia
Saturday, July 27 10:00am-1:00pm Daniel Paul Horn
Monday, July 29 2:00pm-5:00pmGregory DeTurck
Tuesday, July 30 2:00pm-5:00pmLucille Chung
Wednesday, July 31 5:00pm-8:00pmJosé Feghali
Thursday, August 1 2:00pm-5:00pmJosé Feghali
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