Watertown native performs in Brookings Chamber Music Society Series

Watertown native Laura Wilde will perform Feb. 25 at 2:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center’s Larson Memorial Concert Hall on the South Dakota State University campus. The concert is part of the Brookings Chamber Music Society Series.

A soprano, Wilde has been praised for her “ravishingly beautiful sound.” Recent engagements include the Lyric Opera of Chicago, where she performed the role of Freia in Wagner’s “Das Rheingold.”

Holding degrees from St. Olaf College and the University of Indiana, Wilde discovered her classical voice while attending the Interlochen Arts Camp as a trumpet player. She began her singing career as a mezzo, but soon transitioned to soprano. Since then, she has performed with the Arizona and Nashville operas, as well as Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.

Wilde will be joined onstage by pianist Craig Terry, who is in his 11th season as assistant conductor at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Terry was the assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera after joining its Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.

Wilde currently lives in Chicago where she studies with renowned master teacher Julia Faulkner.

General admission tickets are $20 and student tickets are $5. Tickets can be purchased at the SDSU School of Performing Arts by calling (605) 688-5187, or at the Performing Arts Center box office 45 minutes before the concert.

BCMS is a nonprofit organization that presents concerts in the Performing Arts Center in Brookings and is allied with the South Dakota State University School of Performing Arts. The season closes with the Quey Percusssion Duo, April 8.


About South Dakota State University
Founded in 1881, South Dakota State University is the state’s Morrill Act land-grant institution as well as its largest, most comprehensive school of higher education. SDSU confers degrees from six different colleges representing more than 200 majors, minors and specializations. The institution also offers 36 master’s degree programs, 15 Ph.D. and two professional programs.

The work of the university is carried out on a residential campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Rapid City, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across the state.