The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra performs the world premiere of “Fabular Arcana”


Shattered by the disastrous premiere of his First Symphony, which he called “the most agonizing hour of my life”, Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff fell into a deep depression and struggled to write even a music page worth keeping. It actually took hypnosis before Rachmaninoff recovered and could write his most beloved piano works and a symphony for the ages, his Second Symphony.

Joining us today is South Dakota Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Delta David Gier, along with pianist and South Dakota native, Paul Sánchez, and composer, David M. Gordon.

South Dakota Symphony Orchestra conductor, Delta David Gier, along with pianist and South Dakota native, Paul Sánchez, and composer, David M. Gordon joined Ashley Thompson on the set of KELOLAND Living.

They will celebrate the works of Rachmaninoff during this weekend’s symphony performance, alongside a celebration of the centennial of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra with the world premiere of an original work composed by Gordon to celebrate the milestone of the symphony.

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Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony is not only one of the most popular works of its kind ever written, it is also a triumph of the human spirit. The Saturday night performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at Mary W Sommervold Hall in the Washington Pavilion. Don’t forget that this is the world premiere of David M Gordon’s composition, “Fabular Arcana”, which will be performed with Paul Sánchez on the piano. Tickets are still available for the show, but these seats are going fast. To purchase tickets, you can go online at or call the box office at 605-367-6000.

This centennial season features music from a variety of South Dakota artists, world premieres and thrilling symphonic masterpieces, including a 100th anniversary celebratory finale. You can support their efforts by donating, as your donation is essential for continued orchestral concerts, music education programs, and impactful community building programs. Visit to learn more.

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Listen to the music of Rachmaninoff and the world premiere of
South Dakota Symphony Orchestra performance details this weekend

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