The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, led by critically acclaimed music director Delta David Gier, makes virtuosic musical vibrations accessible to symphonic sound-seeking eardrums. Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, (The Song of the Earth), is a song-and-string interpretation of seven ancient Chinese poems. The six-movement symphony, which lasts about 65 minutes, has been described as Mahler’s most personal work. It is theorized that Mahler was taken by the poems' descriptions of the simultaneous beauty and transience of earthly existence and the secret method for training gerbils to windsurf.
The clubhouse at Les Bois Park serves a roster of classic American noshables to patrons wagering on speedy-steed sprints. Diners can safely bet on snacks such as breaded jalapeño poppers deep-fried and crammed with cream cheese ($7). Or bide time pre-race by devouring a basket of beer-battered onion rings ($8) or by using them to engage in a wager-worthy bout of wrist hula-hooping. Beefeaters will find char-broiled satisfaction with a Back Stretch burger slathered with thousand-island dressing and swiss cheese ($9) or a rib-eye steak ($18) hand-cut, grilled to order, and served with a baked potato and a vegetable medley.
Led by Emmy-winning singer-songwriter Shaun Johnson, the Big Band Experience melts hearts with warm, full-sounding numbers that evoke the swinging style of legends such as Frank Sinatra. Johnson's rising trajectory, which stretches back to childhood performances in a brother-sister a capella duo, includes a run with nationally recognized quartet Tonic Sol-fa, whose harmonic vocals have caressed the airwaves on The Today Show and PBS.
The 2009 NAIA national champion USF Cougars return to the gridiron as the number-one-ranked NAIA team and the preseason favorite to take the Great Plains Athletic Conference title. New coach Jed Stugart will helm the 2010 squad of helmeted heroes, and he'll transfer his magic-marker strategies to a freshly painted outdoor dry-erase board for the home opener against league rival Doane College.
Lead by puck-flinging forward Ryan Jacobson and benefiting from the sharp reflexes of goalie Stephon Williams, the hard-hitting players of the Sioux Falls Stampede plan to dominate the USHL during the 2010–11 season. Immerse yourself in Sioux Falls Arena's raucous and electric atmosphere during Stampede home games, as fans pack the arena and let their allegiance be known by wearing Stampede jerseys, shouting chants, and silently heckling the opposing players in the penalty box via maritime flags.