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51st Annual South Dakota Jazz Festival Concert

The 51st annual South Dakota Jazz Festival will take place on Thursday, Jan. 21, at Northern State University.

The festival will take place in the Johnson Fine Arts Center. Five local school groups will be performing and having jazz clinics with NSU fine arts faculty, following mask, distance and performance protocols:

8:30 a.m.: Aberdeen Central High School Jazz II
9:30 a.m.: Holgate Middle School Jazz Ensemble
10:30 a.m.: Simmons Middle School Jazz Ensemble
11:30 a.m.: Aberdeen Central High School High School Jazz I
12:30-about 1 p.m.: Jazz Experience: Aberdeen Christian
From 1:30 to 3 p.m., there will be a live Zoom presentation by Dr. Ron McCurdy, professor of jazz studies at the University of Southern California and author of The Artist Entrepreneur: Finding Success in a New Arts Economy. The presentation, titled “Entrepreneurship in the Arts,” is open to NSU students and faculty, as well as interested high schools.

The festival will culminate with a concert at 7:30 p.m. featuring the Aberdeen Central Jazz I group. Then, the NSU 2 O’Clock Band will finish the concert, featuring students in the band, with some special guests and alumni helping out!

All performances are free and open to the public. Due to COVID-19, admission is free to all 2020-21 School of Fine Arts events. Masks are required, and attendees are asked to follow appropriate social-distancing protocols.

For more information, please contact Dr. Grant Manhart at Grant.Manhart@northern.edu.


January 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm UTC-5


1200 S Jay Street
Aberdeen, 57401





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