Since its beginning 80 years ago, with a small group of string players who played for the purest of reasons (it satisfied their need to play music), the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra has grown substantially, now employing approximately 90 musicians, including 60 area string players.
In addition to our regular season schedule, the orchestra has combined with other local arts organizations over the years including the BH Dance Theatre to produce "The Nutcracker," Black Hills Community Theatre for many full stage productions such as "Peer Gynt," "Merry Widow," "Amahl & the Night Visitor," the Broadway Series production of "Beauty and the Beast," and Dakota Choral Union for such presentations as the "Messiah," "Magnificat," "Carmina Burana," "Mozart's Requiem" and in 2004, the Verdi "Requiem."
The orchestra and individual members also provide many educational outreach programs and musical opportunities for area youth, including the 4th Grade Concert, Music in the Schools, Young Artist Competition, the Black Hills String Retreat, the Rushmore Competition and Black Hills Suzuki School, to name a few.
In 1977, the Rapid City Symphony Orchestra Society was formed as a volunteer board to administer the fiscal affairs of the orchestra and raise funds for its operation. The name was changed to Black Hills Symphony Orchestra in 1988 to reflect our commitment to the entire Black Hills area.
Listen to a report on the symphony orchestra's anniversary by South Dakota Public Radio.
Read the full story on the Black Hills Symphony Orchstra's website and read more about Arts & Culture on the Black Hills Knowledge Network.