Rushmore Music Festival welcomes world-renowned violinist | Entertainment

The Rushmore Music Festival is preparing to welcome its first Distinguished Artist-in-Residence, internationally renowned violinist Hagai Shaham from Israel. Shaham will perform at concerts July 24 and 25 in Rapid City and Spearfish.

Rushmore Music Festival is one of only two events in the United States where Shaham will conduct a guest residency this year, said Dr. Katie Smirnova, the festival’s artistic director.

Rushmore Music Festival is an intensive solo and chamber music program in Rapid City. The festival begins July 10 and will present 11 family-friendly concerts that are open to the public, with some COVID-19 precautions in place.

“We are encouraging wearing masks. We encourage people to get vaccinated, and our concert spaces this year are very large so there’s plenty of social distancing that could happen,” Smirnova said. “All our Meier Hall events are live-streamed for free on our Facebook page, so everyone can be part of it.”

Rushmore Music Festival faculty will perform three unique concert programs. “An Incidental Comedy” will be presented at 7 p.m. July 10 at Meier Hall on the Black Hills State University campus in Spearfish, and at noon July 11 at Terra Sancta Retreat Center’s Holy Cross Chapel in Rapid City. “Life’s A Waltz” concerts will be at 7 p.m. July 11 at Meier Hall and noon July 18 at Terra Sancta’s Holy Cross Chapel. “A Certain Fate” concerts, featuring Shaham, will be at 7 p.m. July 24 at Meier Hall and noon July 25 at Terra Sancta’s Holy Cross Chapel. Tickets for faculty concerts range from $10 to $30.

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