Black Hills State University students, faculty and community members will perform piano duets as part of the Bellman Brown Bag Series, Wednesday, Dec. 11 at noon at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish.
The Spearfish Duet Club, which has performed at the popular Brown Bag Series every December since 2004, will present “Holiday Celebration: First Decade.” Members of the community as well as BHSU students and faculty are involved in the performance and rehearsal activities. This year’s performers include BHSU students: Megan Allen, music education major from Rapid City; Miguel Beal, music education major from Rapid City; Kortney Brunner, music education major from Nisland; Kirk Hauck, psychology major from Belle Fourche; Jennifer Loftin, music major from Sturgis; and Hyegeun Ryu, Daegu, South Korea; and BHSU faculty members: Dr. Symeon Waseen, assistant professor of music; Dr. Priscilla Romkema, dean of the College of Business and Natural Sciences; and Lori Miller, adjunct music instructor. Community members performing include: Sandra Asheim, Sue Cole, Donna Dettman, Ramona Hauck, Ardyth Helmer, Rita Hicks, Connie Hubbard, Laura Kolb, Janeen Larsen, Diana Lloyd, Colleen McKirdy, and Angela O’Shea.
The Spearfish Duet Club began in 2003, under the leadership of Synva Chrysler and Marianne Bieber, as a way for intermediate and advanced pianists to maintain their piano skills and at the same time have fun and enjoy each other’s musical talents. Each pair of partners selects music that is holiday oriented, or they may choose familiar classical pieces. The Spearfish Duet Club also presents a program each spring in BHSU’s Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall.
The Bellman Brown Bag Series was developed by the late Dr. Stewart Bellman in the 1990s. He engaged a line-up of speakers to present programs on a range of humanities topics each month. Bellman was a professor of English at Black Hills State University. His teaching career spanned 30 years.
Programs are presented on the second Wednesday of each month, from noon to 1 p.m., designed to begin and end within the lunch hour. Patrons are invited to bring their lunch, if desired, or simply enjoy an hour of learning and entertainment. The event is free and open to the public.