South Dakota’s Symphony Orchestra is back to begin a new season this weekend and they’re doing it in a big way: The bows are being rosined, the horns are being polished, and maestro Delta David Gier is warming up his conducting arm.

Okay, not right this minute because he’s here in the studio with a very special guest, pianist Conrad Tao, who has been dubbed “the kind of musician who is shaping the future of classical music” by New York Magazine.

Details for this weekend's symphony concert
Details for this weekend’s symphony concert

And if you’re lucky enough to have a seat at this season’s opening concert, you are in for a treat, because the combination of Tao, Tchaikovsky, and the talented musicians of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra simply can’t be topped.

There’s still time to become a friend of the South Dakota Symphony by donating today! Your tax-deductible gift is critical for continuing orchestra concerts, music education programs and impactful community building programs. You can also support the symphony by purchasing season tickets through the Washington Pavilion Box Office and online at