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A concert series held in the South Dakota State University
Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center benefiting student scholarships.

2022-2023 Season

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Russian National Orchestra, featuring Alexander Malofeev, piano
Thursday, February 17, 2022  |  7:30 pm
Larson Memorial Concert Hall
The Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center
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The Russian National Orchestra will offer an evening of Russian Masterworks featuring the Egmont Overture, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, and Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2. during its engagement with Woodbine Productions. Founded in 1990 by pianist and conductor Mikhail Pletnev. The RNO has been described as “a living symbol of the best in Russian art” (Miami Herald) and “as close to perfect as one could hope for” (Trinity Mirror).


Soloist, “Russian genius” (Corriere della Sera) Alexander Malofeev came to international prominence when he won the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in 2014 at age thirteen. Since this triumph Malofeev has quickly established himself as one of the most prominent pianists of his generation. At 21 yrs of age when he is featured with the Russian National Orchestra in Brookings in 2022, Alexander Malofeev will inspire students, faculty and the community at large.


Marie Osmond: A Symphonic Christmas

Tuesday, December 13, 2022  |  7:30 pm

Larson Memorial Concert Hall

The Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center

Entertainment icon Marie Osmond will spread holiday spirit across the country this winter as she embarks on “A Symphonic Christmas” tour, with a special stop in Brookings! Bringing holiday favorites and her own most recognizable and recent releases, this will be her only performance in South Dakota!


Marie Osmond has spent six iconic decades in the entertainment business, performing as a successful singer, television personality and talk show host, dancer, actor, author, entrepreneur, and public speaker. She has continued to maintain her presence in the entertainment arena, remaining an instantly recognizable figure across the globe.


She is a multiple gold– and platinum–selling artist and CMA winner, garnering numerous Billboard chart-topping singles and albums, along with three New York Times bestselling books. She has entertained millions throughout the world through television, radio, film, literature, live concerts, and Broadway performances. As a philanthropist, she co-founded Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which has raised over 7 billion dollars for children to date.


Her Top 10 Billboard Magazine album, Music is Medicine, was the perfect set-up for her latest, Unexpected, studio album, which pushed her voice to remarkable heights and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Classical Crossover Albums Chart following its December 2021 release. Marie says she did it for the fans who allowed her to reach this high. Unexpected is also dedicated to her father, who encouraged Marie to follow her passion and sing every style of music she loved.

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Pink Martini: Featuring China Forbes

Monday, March 27, 2023  |  7:30 pm

Oscar Larson Theatre

The Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center

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While one year delayed, Woodbine Productions presents Pink Martini for their first-ever performance in South Dakota!


For more than 10 years, we have been actively working to secure an engagement with Pink Martini, one of the world’s most cosmopolitan and topdrawer jazz orchestras. To attempt to label this group’s diverse musical style as “jazz” truly diminishes the uniqueness of Pink Martini. They have been featured at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Paris Jazz Festival, tour extensively in the finest halls in Europe, and Brookings!


With more than a dozen instrumentalists and several vocalists, Pink Martini is comprised of musicians of the highest caliber and a musical repertoire that includes songs in 25 languages. Thomas Lauderdale, the founder, bandleader, and pianist for Pink Martini, explains, “Pink Martini is a rollicking, around-the-world musical adventure… If the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully, we’d be that band!”


Now in their 29th season, Pink Martini will perform in the Oscar Larson Theatre, where we will provide the group the swankiest venue in the Dakotas. Guests are guaranteed to experience a night as unique as the venue and of the exceptional caliber you expect from Woodbine Productions.

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The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra: Featuring Diane Schuur

Sunday, October 16, 2022  |  4:00 pm

Larson Memorial Concert Hall

The Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center

Count Basie Orchestra: In the history of jazz music, there is only one bandleader that has the distinction of having his orchestra still performing sold-out concerts all over the world, with members personally chosen by him, for over 30 years after his passing. Pianist and bandleader, William James “Count” Basie, was, and still is, an American institution that personifies the grandeur and excellence of jazz.


Now directed by Scotty Barnhart, the Count Basie Orchestra has won every respected jazz poll in the world at least once; won 18 Grammy Awards; performed for kings, queens, and other world royalty; appeared in several movies and television shows; and performed at every major jazz festival and major concert hall in the world. The latest honors include the 2018 Downbeat Readers Poll Award as the #1 jazz orchestra in the world and a Grammy nomination for their 2018 acclaimed recording, All About That Basie, which features special guests Stevie Wonder, Jon Faddis, Take 6, and Kurt Elling, among others.


Diane Schuur: A leading vocalist in contemporary jazz, Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant. Nicknamed “Deedles” as a child, Tacoma-born Schuur grew up steeped in traditional American jazz, courtesy of her parents’ formidable record collection, with ample LPs by Duke Ellington and Dinah Washington. The artist has been blind since her premature birth in 1953, having lost her sight to the disorder Retinopathy of Prematurity. It affected newborns receiving high-oxygen therapy during neonatal intensive care---which was standard practice until, tragically, 1954. She first learned to play piano by ear, picking out tunes on the keys with two fingers at the age of 3.


Dinah Washington is often listed as Schuur’s major vocal influence. She learned the iconic singer’s “What a Difference a Day Makes” while still a toddler and began developing her own rich, resonant vocal style. Schuur is also an accomplished pianist, often accompanying herself onstage, leading her own small group or collaborating with big band or symphony orchestra.


Schuur’s much-laureled career includes two Grammy Awards – each for Best Jazz Vocal Performance – on Timeless (1986) and Diane Schuur and The Count Basie Orchestra (1987).


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By Special Request: Silent Comedy, Silent Film & Pipe Organ Featuring Ben Model, Silent Film Historian and Organist

Saturday, October 8, 2022  |  7:30 pm

Sunday, October 9, 2022  |  4:00 pm

Founders Recital Hall

The Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center

Not an official offering of Woodbine Productions, the SDSU School of Performing Arts is pleased to bring Ben Model back by popular demand. Generously supported by Doug and Sandy Oleson, this double-feature is offered to raise awareness of the pipe organ in Founders Recital Hall within the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center.


The evening will include Floorwalker, starring Charlie Chaplin, and The Freshman, starring Harold Lloyd. Released in 1916, Floorwalker, features Chaplin as a department store customer who creates disorder and inadvertently becomes entwined in a scheme lead by the department store manager. Released in 1925, The Freshman, was one of the first fifty films to be selected for preservation by the US National Film Registry due to its cultural, historical, and aesthetic significance. The film is one of the most complete chronicles of early 20th century college life and athletic competition. The plot includes a heartwarming and humorous look at the Tate College football team’s water boy, who ultimately scores the winning touchdown.


Central to the performances will be silent film historian and organist, Ben Model. Model is one of the nation’s leading silent film accompanists, performing on both piano and theatre organ.


Il Divo: Greatest Hits Tour, with Special Guest Vocalist Steven LaBrie

Wednesday, September 7, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Larson Memorial Concert Hall

The Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center

A household name when it comes to crossover groups of classical music, Il Divo has always stood out for their peculiar mix of opera and pop in songs of countless genres. Since their debut in 2004, Il Divo has triumphed in the grandest venues around the world and has sold over 30 million records throughout their career.


First discovered and mentored by Simon Cowell in 2003, the group–composed of the Spanish Carlos Marin* (baritone), the Swiss Urs Buhler (tenor), the French Sebastien Izambard (tenor), and the American David Miller (tenor)– became a pioneer of a musical genre unknown until that time when, in 2004, they released their debut album Il Divo.


Since then, the international four-member group has become the world leader in their genre and has achieved second-to-none success around the globe, performing before personalities like the Queen of England and former US presidents George Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.


The groups greatest hits include “Regresa a Mi” (Unbreak My Heart), “The Time Of Our Lives” (The Official Song of the 2006 FIFA World Cup), a duet with Celine Dion entitled, “I Believe In You” (Je crois en toi), and now in their latest album, “Hola” (Hello), which is a cover version of Adele’s own global hit. Il Divo has sold over 30 million records, including 160 gold and platinum records in more than 33 countries, and sold out six world tours.


*Following the tragic passing of Marin from COVID-19 in December 2021, Il Divo has launched this “Greatest Hits Tour” in Marín’s honor, with vocalist Steven LaBrie, a Mexican American baritone, filling in as a guest for nearly a year of dates.


Woodbine Productions 2022-2023 Tickets

Since 2006, Woodbine Productions has been bringing the finest performers to South Dakota State University with the primary intent of inspiring SDSU students and introducing the entire Brookings community to the highest caliber talent available. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, these performances and all affiliated expenses are underwritten, enabling all ticket proceeds to support scholarships for students involved in the performing arts at SDSU.


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Tickets are subject to availability and non-refundable including fees.

Woodbine Productions is a project of the SDSU Foundation and an anonymous benefactor who underwrites all performance expenses. Thanks to the donor’s generosity, every dollar of every ticket sold for every Woodbine Productions concert, goes directly to providing substantial, competitive scholarships to students involved in performing arts at South Dakota State University.
 
The Woodbine Scholarship awards are divided into two categories of recipients, the Woodbine Scholars and Woodbine Performance Awards. Woodbine Scholars are selected for exceptional achievement and promise in the School of Performing Arts and receive multi-year awards to support their academic pursuits as Music or Theatre majors. Woodbine Performance Awards are awarded annually, following competitive auditions juried by South Dakota State University School of Performing Arts faculty for any incoming students participating in ensembles.
 
For the 2021–2022 academic year, more than 150 prospective students auditioned. Thanks to Woodbine Productions funds as well as music and theatre scholarships funded by private individuals, more than 100 incoming freshmen were awarded talent scholarships. Please consider joining our generous donors by making a gift at any level. All gifts are tax deductible and will directly support music scholarships at South Dakota State University.
 
If you wish to learn more about making an impact through a gift of scholarships, capital improvements, or a creative program like these concerts, please contact Rina Reynolds at the SDSU Foundation: Office: (605) 697-7475 Ext. 1007 | Cell: (605) 695-7378 | Rina.Reynolds@SDStateFoundation.org

The School of Performing Arts at South Dakota State University brings the finest in performance and higher education opportunities in dance, music and theatre together in one academic unit, centrally housed in the Midwest’s newest comprehensive performing arts center. 

More than ten percent of all SDSU students, regardless of their major, participate in the performing arts at State each year. Led by dedicated and knowledgeable faculty who were educated in some of the nation’s most prestigious music schools, music students are challenged to do their best in their studies, whether applied lessons, music theory and history courses, or in music ensembles. For those who want to major in music, three options are available – the Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.), the Bachelor of Arts in Music and the Bachelor of Arts in Music (Music Entrepreneurship Specialization). 

Theatre and dance at SDSU offers opportunities for all students to participate. Theatre majors and minors, Dance minors, and any interested State student may become involved in the robust schedule of productions each year. Auditions are open to any enrolled student. Students may also be involved off the stage working in areas such as: stage management, costume design and construction, scenic design and construction, props design and construction, lighting and sound design and execution, theatrical rigging, publicity/promotion, ticket sales and front-of house management.

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