Rebecca Zimmerman

Rebecca Zimmerman

VERMILLION, S.D. -- “The acoustics are so good in the Arne B. Larson Concert Hall at the National Music Museum that you really get to hear and savor the pure sound of musical instruments -- and unmediated by electronics,” says National Music Museum spokesperson Patricia Bornhofen.

Audiences can experience that for themselves Friday at noon, as the NMM opens its Winter/Spring NMM Live! concert season.

Friday’s show will highlight the beauty of the cello. Cello in Time will demonstrate the intricate and progressive role of the cello throughout the centuries. Rebecca Zimmerman, visiting assistant professor of cello at the University of South Dakota, and colleagues Dr. Susan Keith Gray (piano), Dr. Katie Smirnova (violin), and Brett Walfish (viola), and soprano Katherine Price, will perform.

Zimmerman invites people to be surrounded by “the divinity of Handel, the peacefulness of LeClaire, the serenity of Bach, the joy of Mendelssohn, the vigor of Dohnanyi, and the recklessness of Levinson.” The concert takes place from 12:05 to 12:50 p.m. Admission is free.

The NMM Live! show at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 will star regional favorites East of Westreville. Joined by special-guest and fiddler-extraordinaire Owen DeJong, the group will play Americana roots music, with the Museum’s collection particularly in mind.

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